Weekend Herb Blogging #24 Recap
Still Learning About New Plants!
New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Chervil Soup is a dish that is traditionally preferred by men more than women in Germany, reports Ulrike from Kuchenlatein. However, even though she is a woman, Ulrike likes her version of Chervil Potato Soup.
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
Over at A Veggie Venture, new herb blogger but old friend Alanna has discovered cabbage sprouts, a vegetable that is new to her (and me too). Alanna reports that they look a bit like loose cabbage leaves, but taste more like collards or kale, and she would definitely cook them again.
For nutrition, and to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Spicehut from Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice is thinking about cabbage. She produces delicious looking Cabbage Vadis, an authentic Maharashtrian dish, which consists of fried squares of spiced and “cabbaged” gram flour.
Davis, California, U.S.A.
Fresh Thyme and Garlic Soup was on the menu at the home of Sher from What Did You Eat. She reports that the soup was very easy to make, and it looked wonderful when she served it garnished with a toasted piece of french bread floating on top.
South of France Near the Spanish Border
From Garlic Breath, Riana is back and having fun experimenting with the Ugli fruit, which she reports is actually pronounced Hoo-glee. This Jamaican fruit is a hybrid cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine, and Riana reports it tastes like an orange with a hint of grapefruit.
Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
A visit to Izmir in the western part of Turkey was in order for Isil from Veggie Way. While they were there Soner’s mother prepared some great food, including Isil’s featured dish of Fava Beans with Artichokes in Olive Oil.
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Another new herb blogger is Laurie from Slowly She Turned, who was working in her yard and had fun gathering dandelion greens. After doing some research on how to cook them, she ended up creating Cream of Dandelion Soup from the leaves, and also experimented a bit with the buds, something I’m sure I’ve never tasted!
San Francisco Bay Area/Wine Country, U.S.A.
B’gina from Stalking the Waiter sends a photo of some interesting looking mustard cress, another plant that was completely new to me, and she tells some good ways to use it too. B’gina is most definitely getting into a gardening frame of mind, and also reports on an impressive assortment of seeds she will be ordering.
The drought has finally ended in Arizona, and Fran of Flavors is showing us a lovely photo of some baby bok choi. She used her bok choi to make Bok Choi Colcannon, a perfect combination of flavors for a new twist on St. Patrick’s Day.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Ed from Is It EDible loves his orchids, and this time he is sharing a fabulous photo of the coconut orchid, or Maxillaria. Ed has nurtured this plant for months and months to get it to bloom, and now his whole dining room smells delightfully of coconut.
Down in Melbourne, another guy named Ed has a very naughty dog!! Check out Tomato to see Ed Charles’ dog Tsuki eating the basil plants. Sigh, I wish I had some basil plants!
New Jersey, U.S.A.
At Sweetnicks, Cate has been very good about using up food she has on hand, and she tried a recipe for Creamy Fettucine with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Fresh dill. She also reports on a field trip to an amazing sounding place called International Food Warehouse.
Ruth is nearly through testing recipes for her bookbook at Once Upon a Feast, and she reports a little dieting is on order once the recipes are tested. (One of the hazards of being a great cook, Ruth.) To prepare her tastebuds, she is trying a new version of Leek, Mushroom, and Spinach Soup, which sounds wonderful.
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
A delightful sounding White Bean Dip with Wonton Chips was the appetizer for lucky dinner guests at the home of Marianne, The Unemployed Cook. She reports on how she seasoned the dip the herbs she had, which included lemon balm, mint, thyme, and rosemary.
Sandy Hook, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Sarah of Cucina Bella is writing about one of my favorite herbs this week, curly parsley. She gives a nice description of how this is different from flat leaf parsley, and uses it to make Pinwheel Bake, an interesting sounding pasta dish.
Farmgirl’s Farm, Missouri, U.S.A.
Next we have a new blog, but not a new blogger, since Farmgirl has created In My Kitchen Garden, a blog where she is going to keep track of her gardening adventures. This week she writes about a greenhouse within a greenhouse which she rigged up to protect her 150 tomato and pepper seedlings from the changing Missouri weather.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
At Blog From Our Kitchen in Canada, EJM is writing about tartare sauce with fresh dill, which she likes to create a little differently each time she makes it. There’s also some good information here about growing dill, and ideas for what to do with your fresh dill when you get some.