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Weekend Herb Blogging #33 Recap

Hard to believe that this is week #33 for Weekend Herb Blogging, the food blog event that started as a joke and turned into a fun way to learn about new herbs, plants, veggies and flowers. Starting next weekend we’re going to turn Weekend Herb Blogging into a traveling event every other weekend and the first guest host will be Ilva from Lucullian Delights. Ilva will post the recap on Monday (in Italy) which means you need to send her your contribution by Sunday afternoon in the U.S. (Send your links to i_beretta AT yahoo DOT it). Also be sure to link to Ilva in your post with the words Weekend Herb Blogging so people can find the recap on Monday (http://lucullian DOT blogspot DOT com).

I think it will be great fun to see how other people write the recap. There are now seven other people who have offered to be guest hosts. If you might like to host sometime in the future, just send me an e-mail (kalynskitchen AT comcast DOT net). I’m keeping them in an e-mail folder in the order they have been received and I’ll contact you a few weeks in advance to confirm a weekend that works for you. Whether I’m hosting or not, I’ll include all the recaps in the Weekend Herb Blogging Archives so people can check them out.

Southern California, U.S.A.
Surfindaave actually had his Weekend Herb Adventures last weekend, but due to Mother’s Day celebrating he didn’t get to cook these herbs until this week. Visit The Serendipitious Chef and scroll through a few days of posts to see all the interesting things he managed to concoct from okra leaves and red spinach; it will be worth it. Then for this weekend, Dave combined the king of herbs, tarragon, with grape tomatoes to make Tomato Salad with Tarragon Dressing that looked so good it had me looking for Mexican Tarragon at the garden center.

The Beach, California, U.S.A.
It’s all about pesto this week for Gabriella from the beautifully designed blog, My Life as a Reluctant Housewife. She shares a recipe for her version of pesto, that wonderful basil concoction everyone loves so much, and also a great sounding recipe for Chicken Breasts with pesto.

Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.
I love it that more gardening bloggers are posting for WHB, and we have a new contributor, Genie from The Inadvertent Gardener. She wrote Beware the Sandbox Chef as a tribute to her mother, in a post that we missed last weekend. This week Genie sends another great herb blogging post about Lamb Burgers with Sage, which look wonderful in her photo.

Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Germany’s Flower of the Year is the topic this week for Ulrike from Kuchenlatein, who was delighted to find some of it growing near her garden. The plant called Cuckoo Flower or Lady’s Smock is endangered, so although it is edible, Ulrike just enjoyed taking photos of this beautiful plant.

St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
Multi-talented, multi-blog, blogger Alanna from A Veggie Venture and Kitchen Parade sends us two wonderful recipes this week featuring strawberries. Even though she is the Veggie Evangelist, this time Alanna is using strawberries, and her Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette and Strawberry Pepper Salad both sound fantastic.

Toronto, Canada
You can count on Ruth from Once Upon a Feast to be cooking something interesting when you visit her blog, and this week it is two versions of Chimichurri Sauce that she is experimenting with. It sounds to me like I need to learn to make this delicious parlsey and garlic based sauce, and it would be wonderful with the Latin Flank Steak recipe also contained in Ruth’s post.

Davis, California, U.S.A.
Sher from What Did You Eat nearly always cooks things that look like something I might make, but this week we were really channeling each other, both combining tuna with cherry tomatoes! I thought Sher’s creation of Tuna with Tomato Butter and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes sounded wonderful, and I bet you will too.

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
This week Nandita from Saffron Trail is posting about a traditional Tamilian dish called Sambhar, including suggestions for vegetables that can be used and some specialty versions of the dish. Nandita features her recipe for Beetroot Sambhar with Beets and Lentils and it does sound delicious.

Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Another new blogger who who also gardens is Christa from Calendula and Concrete, writing about how she made her own Chamomile Tea. In a post with beautiful photos, Christa shows the German Chamamile Flowers she used, and also recounts how she had this tea when she lived in Ecuador, where the plant is called manzanilla.

Mumbai, India
This week Tony from Anthony’s Kitchen brings us another herb used in Manipuri cooking, garlic chives, or Maroi Nakuppi Manipur. Tony also shares a recipe for a very interesting sounding dish called Maroi Thongba which combines the chives, ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander powder, green chilli, and peanuts.

Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
Next up is the lovely Ilva, our hostess for WHB next weekend, who has been working on her recipe index so you can all find her wonderful recipes more easily. Ilva always comes up with a wonderful dish for WHB, and this week it is Fagiolini con Aglio, Limine e Timo or Snap Beans with Garlic, Lemon, and Thyme.

Melbourne, Australia
Welcome back to Plum from My Favorite Plum who is writing this week about Rosemary Redux, her experience in going from a huge rosemary bush at a previous house to a fledgling rosemary plant where she lives now. Luckily Plum did manage to get enough rosemary to make a fabulous looking Roast Lamb with Rosemary, Garlic, and Pancetta.

Dusseldorf, Germany
Three things to get excited about next, a new herb blogger, another blogger from Germany, and a brand new ingredient that no one has written about before! Maybe I’m the only one who gets excited when there’s something new, but I love it. Vaishali from the blog Happy Burp sent a wonderful post about long beans, also called cow pea beans, Alsande, or Chawlichya Shenga. She shares her mother-in-law’s recipe for Steam Cooked Long Beans, which sound wonderfully spicy and intersting.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
In the household of EJM from Blog From Our Kitchen, they are debating the merits of stuffed vs. unstuffed Pratha, with cooking experiments of each type to help them judge properly. Here you will find wonderful photos of the prathas as well as recipes for Aloo Pratha and Dahl with Coriander Leaf.

Nantes, France
I am quite sure that Virginie from Absolute Green has sent us another new ingredient, at least I don’t recall having a post about nettles before! Anyway, this wonderful post has some intersting information about nettles, considered a “bad” grass in France, and a wonderful sounding recipe for Soup Spiced with Nettles and Coconut. (Again, I’m giving the link to the French version, but click on the link she provides to read it in English.)

Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A.
Another fascinating glimpse into the amazing garden of Strata from My Bay Area Garden, where this week she is talking about Nasturiums, one of the most versatile edible flowers. Strata says Nasturtiums are easy to grow and care for, and she gives links to recipes for using them in a variety of ways.

Welcome back to Stephanie from The Feast Crusade, who writes about the radish this week, which always reminds her of her unfortunate Aunt Jane. You will have to read this wonderful post to see a glimpse into Stephanie’s family history. Stephanie is lukewarm to radishes, but she combines them with prawns, cooked and raw veggies, and an assortment of aromatics, herbs, and seasonings to make a fantastic sounding Spring Time with Stephanie Salad.

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
My own WHB post this week was about Strawberry Tomatoes which I used to make a wonderful salsa for my dish of Grilled Tuna with Cherry Tomato Salsa. I can’t wait until I have cherry tomatoes from my own garden to make this!

That’s all the herb blogging this weekend, and remember to send your links to Ilva for next weekend by mid-afternoon Sunday, U.S. time, so she can publish the recap from Tuscany on Monday, which will be Memorial Day in the U.S. Now I am off to do more weeding my my flower beds, so that someday I may possibly be able to post a photo of some flowers without lots of weeds in the photo.

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    4 Comments on “Weekend Herb Blogging #33 Recap”

  1. Great round up as usual!

    Thanks for putting this together, I appreciate all the hard work that goes into it.

  2. A great round-up, Kalyn. I like the way you have described me and my post. Thanks.

  3. Loved the posts in WHB this week – learnt a lot. Be interesting to see how it goes on the road. Thanks for another inspiring read!

  4. Wow, another great round-up! Thanks for the kind comments, and the big effort to get all this posted!