Growing lemongrass

It feels good to take a break from blogging. I had a most wonderful weekend – shopping for landscaping materials, educating myself on how patio pavers are laid, visiting with a month old baby and their swoony parents, having crispy noodles with my better half and watching 2 movies and whipping up serikaya [coconut egg custard jam].

Spring is here in many ways in the Pacific NW. The birds are out, the sun comes up in the sky sooner and stays longer, trees have blossoms instead of leaves and there is a sort of buoyancy about my steps.

One of the many outdoor projects that we’re taking on is to build a patio but it’s all still in its planning stages. We have a vision of something modern yet cosy, with outdoor furniture that is not too chunky. Another chance for creativity on the home front is always welcomed.

I’m also nurturing some chili and other herb seedlings down in the basement where our grow light is keeping them warm and happy. My lemongrass stalks are sitting on the window sill. I took this picture a week ago, the stalks have now changed color to an almost reddish tone and the middle shoots seem to be pushing upward. I look forward to planting these babies in big pot and harvest them whenever I cook some Thai or Malaysian dish. [Gayla is the real expert on growing lemongrass.]

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant;”
Anne Bradstreet


  1. 🙂 I have some lemon grass growing on my balcony I love the scent! It’s strange that in Malaysia, you can’t smell it when you are pottering around it but here, it is almost as if you are in a lemongrass nirvana!
    good luck with yours!

  2. Cin

    Gee! De climate at yr end is suitable for lemongrass planting. Didn’t realise it. It’d be so cool. I am a Lemongrass Fan! Love anything lemongrass. Pls show pics when they grow bigger in their pots.
    Nothing beats having fresh herbs straight out of your home grown garden. Personalise touch indeed. 🙂

  3. Didn’t you buy some serikaya at “Panang” off of Buford Avenue? Is it hard to make?

    Maybe I’ll try my hand at growing lemongrass. I’ve usually begun to plan what herbs and things I want to grow by now, but I haven’t even thought about it. The problem would be finding fres lemongrass to start with!

  4. Yan

    Hi~ I want to drop a message to say hello… and I just want to let you know that I love your culinary blog!^-^ I have personally tried some of the recipes, turns out great~

    I was just wondering…what kind of camera are you using? The clearity of the images you took are excellent.

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