Spice up your Czech
Hello and welcome to the ABC of Czech where this season we look at vocabulary related to Czech cuisine. Today we'll be talking about spices and herbs - an essential part of every national cuisine.
Spices, imported from faraway countries, used to be so rare in the past that they were sometimes used instead of money. Some proverbs in Czech still remind us of their one-time value. For example je toho jako šafránu - it is as rare as saffron. Anything that is precious and scarce can be called vzácné koření - precious spice. And Czechs often say humor je koření života - humour is the spice of life.
As far as herbs - bylinky - are concerned, traditional Czech cuisine mostly uses fresh parsley leaves - petržel, chives - pažitka and libeček - garden lovage. They are used to garnish soups or you can sprinkle them over a slice of bread spread with fresh cheese.
That's all we have time for today, till next week - dobrou chuť - bon appetit!