Thyme isn’t just a flavourful herb that adds depth to dishes; it’s also packed with health benefits that make it a valuable addition to any meal. Thyme is rich in antioxidants and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its medicinal properties. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which can help boost the immune system and combat infections. Thyme is also believed to support respiratory health, making it a popular choice for soothing coughs and congestion. Additionally, thyme contains vitamins C and A, as well as essential minerals like iron, manganese, and calcium, contributing to overall well being. At Billabong Retreat we love incorporating thyme into our cooking because it enhances flavour and adds a nutritious punch to our meals. It is also easy to grow. The recipe below features fresh thyme from the Billabong Retreat herb garden. 


  • 1 kg ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup honey (adjust according to taste)
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Fresh bread or crackers, for serving


  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C
  2. Place the ricotta cheese on a large baking tray lined with a baking sheet
  3. Spoon the honey over the ricotta 
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. Strip the leaves from 2 thyme sprigs and sprinkle over the ricotta 
  6. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the top of the ricotta.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes, or until the ricotta is lightly golden on top and has set around the edges.
  8. Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.
  9. Garnish with remaining fresh thyme.
  10. Serve the baked ricotta warm with crusty bread or crackers for dipping.