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Weekend Herb Blogging #29 Recap (Flowers and Herbs Everywhere!)

In Salt Lake we’ve been having a very strange week of weather, with snow on Monday, rain on Tuesday, then gradual warming up to 70 degree temperatures Saturday and clouds again today. I’ve spent the week catching up from being out of town, so not much cooking has been going on around here, but in other parts of the world, herb bloggers have been whipping up some pretty tasty looking things. But, before I tell you about the posts from this week, I want to let you know about an event that I think a lot of you will find interesting. Between now and the end of May, Kevin of Seriously Good (a seriously good food blog) will be collecting links to asparagus recipes, in an event he’s calling Asparagus Aspirations. Every Monday Kevin will post the links he’s received that week, and at the end of May he will create a permanent site with asparagus recipes. So make something with asparagus, send him your link, and be sure to link to his blog in your post so others can find all those yummy asparagus recipes.

Trinidad, California, U.S.A.

Christine from Christine Cooks has been making Leftovers Frittata for her kids for years, and it’s a delicious and low carb way to use up leftovers. Early this week she made a positively delish looking Lamb, Asparagus, Marjoram, Parmesan-Asiago Frittata, which sounds like something I’d like a bite of. Then later in the week, Christine sent a photo of a very healthy looking oregano plant surrounded by lovely violets. (By the way, if you’re interested in lower carb eating, Christine has been featuring some great low carb recipes this week.)

New Jersey, U.S.A.
Again Ramya from Cooking Within My Grasp finds an unusual plant to feature, this time the snakegourd, a vegetable grown in India which resembles a green snake, and which has healing and curative properties. Ramya uses it to make Snakegourd Curry, which sounds unusual and delicious.

Silicon Valley, California, U.S.A.
A fabulous sounding recipe for Mirchi Paneer was the contribution this week from Spicehut of Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice. Spicehut combines paneer (Indian curd cheese) with green pepper, tomato, onion and spices, including freshly ground coriander seeds, to make this dish.

Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Over at Kuchenlatein, Ulrike is growing chives, despite her complaints about the rocky soil where she lives. She enjoyed them sprinkled on freshly baked rolls with cream cheese.

Barcelona, Spain
Le Sarrasin or Buckwheat grains are being spotlighted this week by Kel, returning herb blogger from Green Olive Tree (who has a great new blog header, by the way). Kel explains how buckwheat is really a fruit, not a grain, gives examples of how it is used in different countries, and highlights the nutritional value of this versatile plant.

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Another returning herb blogger is Squeezeweasel from Gastronomy Domine, who is using wild garlic leaves this week, a different plant than regular garlic and something that is good cooked or raw. SW created an amazing sounding dish of Chicken Wrapped in Wild Garlic Leaves and Pancetta, and you must see the photo!

Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Collin and La at See, Sip, Hear, Taste are having fun growing some herbs in their garden. The basil is flourishing, but they are seeking tips for growing cilantro.

Farmgirl’s Farm, Missouri, U.S.A.
On the farm, Susan has discovered the joys of green garlic, a culinary secret which she declares is a perfect example of seasonal eating. Green garlic is the green shoots of the garlic plant when a bulb hasn’t yet formed. Susan uses her green garlic to make a delightful sounding Green Garlic Fettucine, and on her blog In My Kitchen Garden she explains how she’s going to experiment with planting some more garlic cloves to increase the supply. (Susan, I discovered some in my garden among the weeds, so I’m going to try it.)

Toronto, Canada
Spring has finally arrived in Toronto, and at Once Upon a Feast Ruth is thinking about blossoms, flowers, and spring foods, especially lamb and asparagus. Ruth is still producing lots of great sounding South Beach Diet recipes for those who are interested, and later this week I’ll be checking back for the recipe for the very delicious looking Cassata style cheesecake which is also featured in this post.

Milan, Italy
Piperita from The Kitchen Pantry tells us that it’s fennel season in Italy, and fennel is the food she missed most when she lived briefly in England. Marinated Salmon with Fennel is the dish she spotlights this week, which sounds delicious and quite easy to prepare.

New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Paz from the Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz, is also thinking about spring in New York City. This week she shows us some great photos of the wonderful daffodils she has seen around New York, with a reminder that daffodils are poisonous, something I hadn’t heard before.

New Forest, England
Karin, The Intrepid Sentimentalist, is thinking about fresh dill, and I love how she comments that it adds a crunchy greenness to foods. Karin posts a yummy sounding recipe for Smoked Salmon, Avocado, and Dill Wraps, which sounds like it would be perfect for lunch.

San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S.A.
From the garden blog Uncle Tom’s Garden, Jeanne is writing about harvesting sage. Her post has some lovely photos of flowering sage, and also contains information about drying sage and the medicinal qualities of sage.

Berkeley, California, U.S.A.
Marc from Mental Masala is a new herb blogger this week, and he sent a fascinating post about Thai basil, which is considered a “Monday” plant in Thailand. Marc uses the basil in Dry Curry Mushrooms, a very flavorful sounding dish, improved by Marc’s use of Pim’s mortar and pestle technique for the curry paste. Don’t miss the photos, which are great.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
At Blog From Our Kitchen, EJM has finally recovered from her computer problems and is posting this week about coriander leaf. She gives tips on growing it and uses it in a tasty sounding Green Chili Omelette.

Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A.
Wait until you see the lovely garden of Strata from My Bay Area Garden! She has lovely flowers, herbs, and even some veggies starting to show up, and I love the idea of mixing vegetables and flowers in the same bed.

Southern California, U.S.A.
Once again Surfindaave from the Serendipitous Chef has managed to find a truly unusual plant to blog about, this time the Japanese herb Mitsuba, which is used fresh or slightly cooked and which has a subtle, nutty flavor. Dave dazzles with amazing photos and four (4!) Mitsuba recipes in this amazing post.

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
I was too busy catching up to do much cooking this week, so I posted some flowers by the roadside in Texas and other Texas flowers that I saw on my trip last weekend. This photo is the Bluebonnet, which is the state flower of Texas.

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    5 Comments on “Weekend Herb Blogging #29 Recap (Flowers and Herbs Everywhere!)”

  1. Great roundup! Some really nice looking herbs and recipes!

  2. Hi Kalyn,

    Happy blog birthday! What an amazing job you’ve done in this year!

    I was looking through your herb posts and realized that I should have e-mailed you about my herb post from this weekend. I am not sure how this works. Feel free to include it in next weekend’s herb round up, or not. It’s “FAQ about Herbs” post on http://www.beyondsalmon.com

  3. Kalyn,

    Thanks for the mention!

  4. Kalyn, oh my gosh! I haven’t seen live bluebonnets in YEARS! I remember when I was a kid, my family took a road trip from Houston to Austin just so we could see the fields of bluebonnets along the highways. Leave it to us Texans to proclaim a weed as our state flower.

  5. Great roundup Kalyn. And congratulations on being indexed by Foodie View !