The weekend and the Superbowl are both over and it's time to let you know what herb bloggers have been posting about this week. Once again, there have been some amazing, informative posts, as well as new herb bloggers to report about. At the risk of sounding un-American, let say my very favorite part of the Superbowl was Mick Jagger singing. I saw the Stones in 1994 when they played an outside concert in Utah. Tonight I was hoping they would play at least one of my two favorite Stones songs (Gimme Shelter or Sympathy for the Devil) but no luck on that.
Osaka Shi, Osaka Fu, Japan The first herb blogger was a new participant from a new country, Crazy Gaijin from the very interesting blog Cooking in Japan. He sent a great post about a strong flavored Japanese herb called Shiso, also called perilla,which is sometimes regarded as Japanese basil and is used in sushi, sashini, temperu, and eaten in salad.
Barcelona, Spain Next, Kel from Green Olive Tree sent an interesting post about her version of Lo Mai Gai or Chinese Style Glutinous Rice with Chicken and Shitake Mushrooms. She gives a lot of information about the traditional uses and properties of this rice, which she says doesn't actually contain dietary gluten.
New York City, New York, U.S.A. The short storage life of cilantro was what inspired the Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan to make her amazing sounding Persian Herb Pie which contained parsley, cilantro and dill. The dish comes from a cookbook called The Unplugged Kitchen which TCL recommends for herb enthusiasts.
Singapore Stephanie from The Feast Crusade was next with a great post about the origins, uses and properties of dill. Stephanie used her leftover dill to make Sabzi Polow, a type of Middle Eastern rice dish, which sounded delicious.
Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy Juniper Berries was the amazing ingredient that Ilva from Lucullian Delights used in her Crema di Carciori, Patate e Ginepro or Artichoke and Potato Soup with Juniper Berries. Don't miss the amazing photos of the juniper berries and Ilva's beautiful soup.
Texas, U.S.A. Heather from Heather's Space has been nursing sick family members this weekend, but she still managed to participate in Weekend Herb Blogging. She tells about her attempts to grow Baby Looking Glass Begonias from cuttings, and shows us a few new plants that seem to be doing well.
San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S.A. Brett from In Praise of Sardines returns to WHB this week with a great post about green garlic that he found at his local farmers market. Brett says this is a sign of spring and he promises that this week he will tell us how green garlic is used in Spanish cooking.
Toronto, Canada Over at Once Upon a Feast, Ruth is still very busy working on her cookbook. However, she managed to find time to create a recipe for Romano Bean, Spinach and Chorizo Soup, loaded with herbs and other good things.
Singapore Eggy from Greedy Goose, another returning herb blogger, posts about coriander, also called cilantro or Chinese parsley, and she has a great photo of her plant. Eggy uses this herb in a fantastic sounding dish, Grilled Coriander and Chile Prawns.
Melbourne, Australia Beautiful purple and green basil is growing in the garden of Ed Charles who writes the great blog Tomato. Ed was hoping to go out of town, but instead he's doing garden chores, with the help of a few animals.
Andhra Pradesh, India From Sailu's Food, Saliu is writing about the Moringa or Drumstick tree, believed to be the most nutritious plant in the world and an ingredient in her Drumstick Shrimp Curry and Drumstick Leaves Soup. Sailu also shared the link for a project called Trees for Life, a non-profit organization which is trying to promote growing Moringa trees in India and Africa as an antidote to malnutrition. I loved reading about this!
Los Gatos, California, U.S.A. Next up was a new herb blogger, Heidi from Foodatista, a very interesting blog which was also new to me. She sent a great post about Herb Jam with Olives and Lemon, with a great photo and a recipe which sounds amazing.
Farmgirl's Farm, Missouri, U.S.A. Another returning herb herb blogger, Farmgirl from Farmgirl Fare sends a photo of some of her transplanted herbs which are surviving the winter. If you aren't visiting Farmgirl's blog every day to see her Daily Farm Photo, you're missing out on a treat. (Also, a great big thanks to Farmgirl for putting a link for WHB every weekend.)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
My own post this week was about small red beans which I learned recently are one of the most antioxidant rich foods. I used my beans to make Not Just for the Superbowl Chili, which turned out great.
That's all the herb blogging reported this week, but tune back next Sunday to see what kind of herb blogging people have been up to around the world. If you're a blogger who would like to participate next week, you can get more information about WHB in the Weekend Herb Blogging Archives, which also has links to all 18 weeks worth of herb blogging posts.