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No April Fools Joke, We’re Still Blogging About Herbs, Plants, Veggies, and Flowers!

It’s Spring in the northern hemisphere, and April Fool’s Day everywhere. I did see some fun jokes on various blogs today, but decided against trying to “fool” the Weekend Herb Blogging readers. Actually I am so excited to be on Spring Break that I can barely sit down at the computer, and that’s no fooling at all. I’m going to be posting a little sporadically this coming week because I have a friend and then a relative coming to town on different ends of the week.

Before we start actually talking about what things people have been cooking, congratulations to Krista of Calendula and Concrete and Genie of The Inadvertent Gardener, both WHB regulars, who are in the running for Best Hobby Blog at The Best of Blogs. You can vote once per day, so just switch off and vote for each of them every other day! I’ve been surveying my own garden and thinking that The Constant Gardener would be a great name for a blog! If the weather cooperates, I’m going to do a little gardening while I’m out of school. Now, on to the food and off we go around the world.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
I”m moving Katerina from Daily Unadventures in Cooking up to the top, because somehow I left out her entry when I first posted the Recap! Arghh. I don’t know how I do these things. Can I blame it on old age? And her Chicken Salad with Apples and Chives looked so yummy too, I certainly wouldn’t want you to miss it! My sincerest apologies to Katerina.

United Kingdom

Bright and early I heard from Scott at Real Epicurean, who’s making a bit of Stewed Rhubarb before he goes off on holiday. Scott recommends serving it with custard, and makes it clear that rhubarb is a vegetable, not a fruit.

Outside Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

At Mele Cotte, Chris says she’s been eating too much spinach, so she’s branching out to arugula. There were a lot of great flavors going on in her Angel Hair Pasta Italian Medley, with arugula, parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, mozarella, and chickpeas. Yum!

California, U.S.A.

Next comes a very interesting dish featuring my very favorite herb, cilantro. Head over to Teczcape and check out the Cilantro and Pork Omelette created by Tigerfish and see if you don’t think it sounds delicious!

Melbourne, Australia
If you’re making a dessert with cherries and it’s a European recipe, Neil from At My Table informs us that it’s most likely intended to be made with sour cherries. To illustrate he has offered us a lovely-looking recipe for Sour Cherry Slice which does sound wonderful.

Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.
There’s a stunning new blog header at Ahaar, where Mandira is tempting us to try something new with her version of Moogambat, which literally means sour moong curry. Mandira describes it as a type of sweet and sour lentil curry tempered with curry leaves and cilantro, which I think sounds fabulous.

North Carolina, U.S.A.
Smothered Chicken with Allspice is the interesting dish this week from Asha of Aroma. Asha reminds us that Allspice is a berry, sometimes confused with garam masala in appearance, but very difference in flavor.

Colchester, Essex, U.K.

A very fascinating ingredient was presented next by Freya from Writing at the Kitchen Table, who focused on a Welsh delicacy called Laverbread, actually a type of seaweed. Freya combined it with oatmeal, then fried it to make Lavercakes, and judging from the comments I’m not the only one who’d like to taste this interesting dish.

Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.

Another recipe from Burcu at Almost Turkish Recipes that sounds fabulous to me. Burcu’s Antalya Bean Salad has ingredients like white beans, parsley, and onion with a dressing flavored with lemon and tahini, garnished with tomatoes and hard-boiled egg. I repeat, fabulous!

New York Metro Area, U.S.A.
Parsley finally gets a starring role in a dish with Susan’s Pasta with Parsley, Capers, and Olives from The Well-Seasoned Cook. I love the sound of this dish, and Susan offers a suggestion of spagetti squash for a lower-carb option, as well.

The next dish was an innovation by Sharmi of Neivedyam, who created it along the lines of savory stuffed buns she’s eaten in India. I’ve never seen a dish quite like this, but Sharmi’s Tangy Cilantro Spirals sound like they would taste wonderful.

Davis, California, U.S.A.
I hope that Sher is getting her modem to behave properly so she won’t be cut off from the world, but luckily it cooperated long enough for to post this amazing sounding recipe for Asparagus and Rice Soup with Pancetta and Basil. Sher is managing her cilantro addiction by posting about basil two weeks in a row, so head over to What Did You Eat and give her a little positive reinforcement.

Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
I’ve never kep an ongoing list of new ingredients presented on Weekend Herb Blogging, but I’m quite certain no one has ever written about Crosnes before. Emily of Superspark found these pricey little tubers at the Pasadena Farmer’s Market, and she reports they taste quite a bit like potatoes. But what do they *look* like? You’ll have to visit her blog to find out.

Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Ulrike from Kuchenlatein is going on vacation where she’s going to be seeing some marram grass, also called oat grass. It’s not something to eat, but does serve a very useful purpose, do you know what it is?

Heart of the Vendee, France
Katie from Thyme for Cooking is expanding her food experiences by trying quinoa for the first time, combining it with a bit of bulgar, which I think is a great idea. The weather is cold still, so she’s serving her Quinoa and Bulgar Pilaf with Lentil and Bean Stew, for a very warm and healthy-sounding meal.

In the Woods Near the Triange, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Have you noticed all the great recipes with cilantro? Here comes another one from Pookah of What’s Cooking in Carolina, who brings us Poblano Pepper Relish with Cilantro. She also used a bit of cilantro in some guacamole, and has some lovely baby asparagus that she grew herself, so there’s a lot of good food going on in this post.

Landau, Germany
Helene from News from the Kitchen has taken some vegetables, ricotta cheese, and a bit of bread and turned it into Ricotta Vegetable Charlotta, and it does look delicious. She is also enlightening us a little about rapeseed oil in this interesting post, something I keep meaning to try.

Zurich, Switzerland
I need only tell the title of this next recipe, and you’ll want to go visit Once Upon a Tart to see the photos. Myriam has created gorgeous and delicious-looking Thyme Bread with Bacon and Fontina Cheese. See what I mean, can you only imagine how good this would taste?

San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Ashley from Big Cook, Tiny Kitchen featured a salad this week that I would have to describe as elegant. Roquefort, baked pears, a tiny bit of spinach and jicama are all part of her Roquefort, Pear, and Jicama Salad, and it looks as good as it sounds.

Covina, Southern California, U.S.A.
Next, from Melting Wok, a dish that I’d love a bite of right now. Tiger Lily Buds and Edamame Stir Fry with Shrimp looks wonderful, and if you don’t know what Tiger Lily Buds are, then you just have to read this post.

Sydney, Australia
The interesting recipes just keep on coming, and next is a lovely-sounding dessert flavored with lemon rose geranium from Y at Lemonpi. She has used her beloved and hardy geranium to flavor Rose Geranium Cream, which sounds very tasty.

Sydney, Australia
The lovely Anna from Morsels and Musings is cooking her way around the world, and this week it’s Hraimeh or Spicy Libyan Fish, which does sound spicy and tasty. While you’re there, don’t miss reading about the restaurant experience of a lifetime which Anna won from A Menu for Hope.

Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
You’ll learn a lot about cocoa powder and the bean it comes from if you visit Sheela at Delectable Victuals. Not to mention that she has a great-looking recipe for Mole Sauce, and some lovely photos of two ways to serve it, on chicken, or a vegetarian version with potatoes and cauliflower.

Melbourne, Australia
More beautiful photos again this week from Haalo at Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once. This week she’s celebrating her love for limes, and using the juicy fruits to make a very delectable looking Lime Curd, with her husband already asking her to make more.

Melbourne, Australia
Next comes Anh from Food Lover’s Journey, who just happens to be the host next week for Weekend Herb Blogging. Anh gives us a two-for-one this week, sharing about a creature who’s been eating her herbs (I’m not telling what it was, but I bet you’ll be surprised!) Then Anh teaches me about a new food when she writes about Custard Apples, also called Sugar Apples, something I’ve never seen or heard of, which Anh declares are delicious.

Andalucia, Spain
Super Easy Tomato Sauce with Oregano is the contribution from Zorra at Kochtopf, who shares a lovely photo of her oregano growing that made my heart beat faster. Zorra says this type of sauce is great for pizza when you add oregano, but she varies the herbs depending on what she’s using the sauce for.

Vienna, Austria
At Paulchen’s Food Blog, Astrid has lovely little baby herbs that she’ll be planting and nurturing (and my heart is beating even faster now.) This post is also a two-for-one because there’s a new ingredient that isn’t a plant, but still quite intriguing. Check out Astrid’s recipe for Leberkase with Carrots and Apples, and I’ll bet you’ll learn something new.

San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S.A.
Next is a fascinating post from Yich at SIM Cooks about the Chinese herb called Dang Gui or Chinese Angelica Root. This herb can be used in soups, but has many other uses in Chinese medicine, especially for women.

Nantes, France
A very interesting type of sweet is the next recipe which comes from the ube -creative Virginie at Absolutely Green. If you can’t read French, scroll to the bottom to see her recipe for Hazelnut and Olive Oil Besan Ke Ladoo with Cardomom and Cinnamon,in English, or use the Google translation to change the post to English.

Henley on Thames, England, U.K.
Because her children and husband aren’t around, Joanna of Joanna’s Food gets to eat something she knows they might not like, and she creates a salad that brings back memories of childhood. Joanna uses the orange juice to make the vinaigrette for her Chicory and Blood Orange Salad, which I think is a fantastic idea.

New York City, New York, U.S.A.
The Chocolate Lady at In Mol Araan has just finished her dissertation (woo hoo) but she still managed to find a moment to make some Seville Orange Marmalade with Bay Leaves and Chiles. There’s also a hint of a self-portrait of The Chocolate Lady in this post, so take a look.

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

My own post this week was an updated version of a classic, and I thought Chicken Piccata with Fried Capers took the dish to a whole new level. There are a lot of links to other capers recipes too, for those who love capers like I do.

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    17 Comments on “No April Fools Joke, We’re Still Blogging About Herbs, Plants, Veggies, and Flowers!”

  1. I just had to thank you for linking me up with a recipe posted by Lemonpi. I visited her recipe and it is simply perfect for a post I’m doing today on one of my favorite culinary herbs; scented geraniums! Thanks to you, I found a perfect recipe link to include!!!!

  2. Fantastic Round up! Spring is coming, Spring is coming! 🙂

  3. Great line up, as usual!


  4. Thanks, Kalyn. Great spring recipes!
    Btw, I loved the new asparagus banner.

  5. No worries! I love your new asparagus picture in your header. The asparagus is so nice right now.

  6. As usual, a wonderful collectin of recipes – and a wonderful job getting them all organized and lined up neatly!
    Have a great spring break!

  7. Thanks everyone for all the nice comments. When you’re hosting I think you really get to see how unique the entries are for this event.

    Katerina, I’m so sorry. (Don’t take it personally please. I’ve done this before, and I guess I’ll have to start blaming it on old age!) I will fix it right now and also ask Anh to add you for next week too. Please accept my apology.

  8. Looks like another big event! It is amazing and fabulous just how many people are encouraged to use fresh herbs! It looks like I was left off though?

  9. Kalyn, that you for the compliment on my new blog header 🙂 Another great round up, what a variety!
    Now that spring is around the corner, I’m getting ready for my own herb garden for the summer. It should be fun. Enjoy your spring break.

  10. Hi Kalyn,
    thanks a lot for the lovely round up. I found this weekend herb blogging very interesting because there are so many herbs about which people still dont know. These herbs have so many medicinal properties and if cooked correctly, there is nothing better then it.


  11. Great round-up, as always! I keep forgetting that WHB is not just about herbs – I wish now I had sent in my recipe for a warm buckwheat and mushroom salad!!

  12. Wonderful array of dishes Kalyn.Lot of dishes for me try:))
    Thanks for taking time to do the round up:))

  13. Hello Kalyn,
    what a great round up. can´t wait to read all the entries. They sound so inviting, and the way you present them is so teasing and mouth watering. Thanks a lot!! 🙂

  14. hi kalyn. what a great roundup! thank you so much for mentioning my recipe (and for using the word “gorgeous” and “delicious” for my bread ;-). back on the WHB event next week. its just too much fun!
    happy cooking! *m

  15. Great Line-Up Kalyn! It amazes me that we can all find such wonderful recipes to share every weekend!

  16. Kalyn, it’s a terrific round-up this week, and thanks, also, for mentioning me and Christa! I love your solution to the problem (?) of both of us being nominated — I am a huge fan of Christa’s blog, so I’m cheering for her at the same time as I’m competing against her! It’s one of those just-an-honor-to-be-nominated situations, but I also hope the top prize goes to a garden blogger, no matter who it is. 🙂

    Looking forward to checking out some of these recipes.


  17. Hi, Kalyn,
    Thank you for mentioning me, and Genie, and The Best of Blogs contest. This is another impressive WHB roundup you have here. (When do you ever sleep?) I love cilantro and there are some interesting uses for it here. It’s an herb that I have trouble growing, though, because the hot summers come on so quickly here.

    I’ve started my herb garden for this year, so I should be back on the WHB circuit soon with some recipes. Have a great week!