Weekend Herb Blogging #39 Recap
Holiday Weekend in the U.S.
This weekend, Weekend Herb Blogging is back home in Salt Lake City, after traveling clear to France and back. Be sure to read to the end of this post to see who’s hosting next week. Now, let’s go see what herb bloggers have been writing about.
Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Ulrike, from the great blog Kuchenlatein is busy with lots of blogging events this week. However, she still takes time to show us the three kinds of lovely poppies growing in her garden, and shares a recipe for Poppy Seed Cake with Orange Syrup.
Astoria, New York, U.S.A.
Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once is the blog of Haalo, who has decided to use thyme to make something that takes time this week. Be sure you take enough time to click the link and see the beautiful Slow Roasted Baby Roma Tomatoes with Thyme and Garlic, or you’ll be missing a treat.
You can find a great explanation of how to make risotto if you visit the blog of Meeta from What’s For Lunch Honey, as well as a good discussion of types of rice. Meeta prefers using arborio rice to make her dish of Risotto ai Funghi e Prezzemolo, which I think translates to something like Risotto with Wild Mushrooms. (Italian speakers correct me if I’m wrong, please!)
I think this is a first, with two German entries in a row, and it shows that more European bloggers are discovering WHB. You can tell that Vaishali from Happy Burp has a good sense of humor, not only from her blog title, but also from the whimsical photo she has of herself, but she’s obviously serious about food. Her entry this week features the Oxheart tomato, probably an heirloom variety in Mozarella Salad with Oxheart Tomato and Basil.
From Ginger and Mango, LG had a great time this week with a post that she called Guess the Herb? There were lots of people who recognized this medicinal herb which has all these names in various places: Coleus Amboinicus, Panikoorkka, Karpoora valli, Bilwa Pathrey, Aparna, Cuban Oregano, Spanish Thyme, and Broad Leaf Thyme. By the way, all you gardening cooks out there, don’t forget about LG’s Green Blog Project.
Davis, California, U.S.A.
Home from vacation, Sher from What Did You Eat has to cope with a broken air-conditioner and a few extra pounds picked up when she was traveling. Both of those are great reasons to try her Golden Gazpacho with Lemongrass, which I’ve already saved to my brand new del.icio.us cookbook.
Sometimes ingredients staring you in the face can become the inspiration for something great. That’s what happened to Anna from Morsels and Musings when she turned plain mandarin oranges into Honey-Vodka Poached Mandarins seasoned with ginger.
Welcome back to WHB to great cook Rokh from Tham Jiak, who prepared a lovely version of Pad Thai with brown rice vermicelli to share with us. To add herby goodness, she uses chinese parsley, also called coriander leaf, cilantro, or dhania, depending on where you live.
Longview, Washington, U.S.A.
A new herb blogger this week is Chrispy from Experimentation of Taste, who has discovered a vegetable in her CSA box that she can call Chinese Chard, Pak Choi, or Bok Choy. Take your choice on the name, but Chrispy uses a very interesting and non traditional way to prepare it in her Pak Choi Gratin, which sounds delicious.
Trinidad, California, U.S.A.
A meal that would be so perfect for my South Beach Diet eating habits is up next, from the kitchen of Christine Cooks. Although she has fresh herbs in her garden, Christine used a spice mix with dried herbs to make Spicy Peanut Encrusted Catfish, and judging from the comments, no one minds the dried herbs one bit!
At Once Upon a Feast, Ruth has really been trying to focus on healthy eating these days, and her Strawberries and Yoghurt with Mint sound like a healthy and delicious choice for summer. (By the way, congratulations to Ruth and her husband who have lost 16/20 pounds on the South Beach Diet. If you’re another South Beach fan, check out the yummy stuff Ruth’s been cooking.)
New Jersey, U.S.A.
Never one to shirk from a challenge, Gattina, from the blog of the same name, tries her hand this week at making home grown bean sprouts. Her sprouts look quite lovely, and then they look even better when she shows how she cooks them in a stir-fry with seafood.
Southern California, U.S.A.
It was partly serendipity which led the plant-saavy aunt of Surfindaave of the Serendipitious Chef to discover Stepables, a new kind of ground cover which is meant to be walked on. Because of his long-term relationship with thyme, Daave is coveting the thyme variety of Stepables, but he must pass them along to his sister who is re-designing her garden walkway. (Dave, we have these in Utah and I’ve been seriously coveting them for a few years now myself.)
New Jersey, U.S.A.
There are lots of changes, a great new blog design, and very good news going on in the life of Cate from Sweetnicks, it’s a wonder she even can concentrate to do any cooking at all! After you read all her exciting news, be sure to check out the recipe for Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps, with lots of yummy cilantro, which sounds like a recipe I’ll also be trying soon.
Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
Another culinary masterpiece and another recipe for me to add to my “must cook” list from the kitchen of Ilva of Lucullian Delights. Since it’s swelteringly hot in Italy, Ilva doesn’t feel much like cooking, but her Insalata di Riso con Tonno, Erbe, Pinoli e Olive or Salad with Rice, Fresh Herbs, Tuna, Pine Nuts, and Olives sounds fantastic.
The Beach, California, U.S.A.
Another great cook brave enough to admit to using dried herbs (which is 100% acceptable in case anyone is wondering!). Gabriella from My Life as a Reluctant Housewife made her own dried herb mix, and then used it in this recipe for Sauteed Cod with Dried Herb Mix for Fish, which looks yummy.
Our fabulous guest host last week, Virginie from Absolutely Green, is back this week with a warm weather treat that sounds wonderful. Rose and Cherry Ice Cream has black cherries, soy yogurt, rosewater, and cashews, and if she had some Virginie would love to add a few rose petals next time. (Click on the English translation if your French is not as good as Virginie’s English!)
New York City, New York, U.S.A.
The Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan shares a recipe with us that is the perfect thing to eat in the summer, and she says it may be the first thing she ever cooked, or didn’t cook in this case. Cucumber salad with Dill has only cucumbers, cider vinegar, salt, onion, dill, and a tiny bit of sugar but from the description of how this is made, I can tell it will taste wonderful.
Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.
It has not been a great week in the garden of Genie, The Inadvertent Gardener. Unknowingly she planted her garden under some black walnut trees which dripped toxic yuck on the plants. A few plants died, and Genie and Steve spent a lot of time transplanting the others. We’re hoping for the best, so keep your fingers crossed for them. Even in the midst of a garden emergency, you’ve got to eat, so Genie prepared Herbaceous Baked fish with rosemary, basil and parsley. This sounded delicious and easy enough that Genie will be making it again.
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
My own herb of choice this week is Italian parsley, also called flat-leaf parsley, which looks quite a bit like cilantro but tastes like a slightly spicier version of curly parsley. I used my parsley and lots of fresh mint in my recipe for Middle Eastern Tomato Salad, one of my absolute favorite things to eat in the summer with grilled meats or just as a light lunch.
Now, next weekend I’ll be in San Francisco having lots of fun with my gorgeous friends Mary and Jacque, but don’t worry, I’m leaving WHB in great hands. Next weekend’s host will be the talented Gabriella from My Life as a Reluctant Housewife, and even if she has to post while juggling those adorable twin boys, she’ll manage to get it posted by Monday. So by midafternoon next Sunday send her your link (MSGABRIELLATRUE AT aol.com) and be sure to include a link to My Life as a Reluctant Housewife with the words Weekend Herb Blogging somewhere in the post.