Monday, December 26, 2005

Weekend Herb Blogging #12 (A Recap with Photos!)

Earlier in the week, I wondered whether to cancel Weekend Herb blogging due to Christmas being on the weekend. I just started my blog in April, so I hadn't blogged through the holidays and didn't know what to expect. I assumed lots of people would be busy with other things, and based on my blog stats, they were! However, I am happy to report that Weekend Herb Blogging did survive. I've decided having only three herb blogging posts means I can give you a sample of the photos in the recap, something I usually can't manage when there are a lot of posts.

NEW YORK CITY, U.S.A.
The lovely Paz from The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz sent a wonderful post on Holly. Paz spotted the holly in a flower shop when she was out walking, and managed to snap this shot before her camera battery gave out. She also shares some interesting information about Holly (don't eat the berries unless you are a bird, and then it's ok!) and tells about the origins of the song, Deck the Halls. Paz also has some other lovely holiday photos on her blog, so go check it out.

SINGAPORE
The second herb blogger was a new participant, the talented Stephanie from Mana Makan - The Feast Crusade. Stephanie shared some of the herbs and spices that go into her recipe for mutton curry, and they all looked so wonderful I wondered which photo to share, but since it was Christmas, this red and greek okra seemed like it was meant to be featured. Other things Stephanie photographed and blogged about include lemongrass, galangal, and curry leaves, so be sure to go visit her and read about those too. Stephanie also promises she will be back another time to share some of the rest of the things that go into her wonderful curry, so we look forward to that.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH U.S.A.
This week I wrote about the Ponderosa Lemon that was a gift from Ben, one of my students. I promised to report back on the juice, which prompted this photo showing the amount of juice I got from the gigantic lemon. (The juice was frozen before I thought of taking the photo which is why the jar looks a little frosty. I put it next to a can of my favorite addiction only to show the perspective and not because Coke is giving me a kickback.) I tasted the juice and to me it tasted just like regular lemon juice, which did surprise me. Now I want a Ponderosa Lemon tree in my house more than ever. I heard from a reader who told me that in Corpus Cristi, Texas, the local weathercaster brings the lemons on his show once in a while. Guess that's kind of the grown-up version of Ben bringing it for "show and tell" isn't it?

Next weekend is another holiday, but I figure that if Weekend Herb Blogging can survive Christmas, it can certainly survive New Year's. I know that lots of regular herb bloggers will be busy, but for those who want to do herb blogging, I will publish the recap on Monday again next weekend. If you want to participate, simply write about any herb, plant, veggie, or flower sometime over the weekend, link to my blog with the words Weekend Herb Blogging, and then send me the link (kalynskitchen *at* comcast *dot* net) and I will include you on Monday night.

I do notice a lot of bloggers are taking time off, and I will probably be posting sporadically over the next week. I'm having three dinner parties, so that should give me plenty of good material, but I doubt I'll have much time to work on posting it. Meanwhile I'm working on a couple of new features for Kalyn's Kitchen. Let's Dish will be a footnote added to some recipes where I tell you who gave me the dish used in the photo and share a bit of information about that person. Second Helpings is an idea whose time has come, at least in my freezer, where I show how you can make a second dish from leftovers of a recipe I have posted. Check back after the new year for those new features.

Speaking of blog features, if you have not heard it, you still have a chance to hear my actual voice on Kalyn's Kitchen Christmas Podcast. It's worth a listen, just to hear the tiny little political statement I sneak into the end of the podcast. It took me an entire day to create a 3 minute message, but I'm proud of it. If nothing else, my students were mighty impressed!

I want to end this post by sending some loving thoughts to a regular Weekend Herb Blogging participant and a wonderful person, Farmgirl, whose brother died on Christmas Eve. I know from personal experience that nothing but lots of time can reduce the pain of losing someone you love, but I hope that knowing that others are thinking of her can help Susan to make it through this difficult time.
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7 comments:

AzureLynn said...

Hey Kalyn,
Sorry I missed this weeks Herb Blog - there are some nice things in there I like too.

I posted a little story to share with Farmgirl and you can read it here. It's a story I share when there are loved ones left behind.

Take care and have a great week.

paz said...

I'm glad some of us could find time to participate in the weekend herb blogging. I love okra! I'll have to check out Stephanie's blog. And I've never seen so much juice from one lemon before! Incredible!

Those are some great ideas you have -- Let's Dish and Second Helpings.

My condolences to Farmgirl. She and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Best,
Paz

MM said...

Wow, I'm glad I made it for the Weekend Herb Blog. I checked out paz's site too - brilliant! I wish I could grow lemon trees here but there's no land to that here and anyway, I can kill cacti at ten paces ...

Not sure if I can make next weekend's Herb Blog as I have a couple of performances on New Year's so I may not have the time but I will try! I'm hooked now!

And it's really sad about Farmgirl's brother. Will keep them in my prayers tonight.

Melissa CookingDiva said...

Kalyn, great work! the photos look beautiful. Happy new year from Panama...many hugs :)

DietKing said...

Happy holidays, Kalyn!
Adam;-)

yaffa said...

Hi Kalyn
To night in north England ,we had tried 2 of your recipees and they went down a treat. We did have to improvise as the fish you have in the USA are different from the one here - but it was tasty and hot and not fattening and what you want on a cold winters night in Yorkshire. so thank you. Yaffa
p.s. have been on the S B diet for 3 months and lost 8 Kg as has my husband. So finding your blog was just what the doctor prescibed.

Cate said...

Sounds like you have a lot of tricks up your sleeve for the coming year!

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