It's been quite a week in the food blog world, with cheese sandwich sightings, cheese sandwich commentary, and cheese sandwich solidarity for the most part. If you missed it, you can find links to most of the cheese sandwich posts in the final installment of The Cheese Sandwich Chronicles.
I wasn't sure how all this cheese sandwich silliness would impact Weekend Herb Blogging, but today we have more new herb bloggers and new locations than ever before! Seems like more and more people are discovering Weekend Herb Blogging. Get comfortable, because you're going to be here a while learning about new plants.
New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Paz from The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz survived the blizzard and celebrated by making a tasty cheese sandwich, with a bit of tomato and basil thrown in. Doesn't everything taste better with tomatoes and basil?
Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Our first new herb blogger, and new location too, is Ulrike from the blog Kuchenlatein, who gives information about how sprouting chickpeas increases the nutritional value. The salad of Sprouted Peas with Orange looks delicious, and there's a photo and a recipe for this interesting dish.
Our next herb blogger, also a new participant, is Anthony from Anthony's Kitchen of Bachelor Cooking who writes about Maroi Napakpi, a member of the onion family. Anthony shows some great photos of the plant he's growing, and tells how this plant is used in Indian cooking.
Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
At Lucullian Delights, Ilva has a wonderful photo of Radicchio di Treviso, which she says is best cooked. She uses her Radiccho and leftover Taleggio to make a wonderful sounding Risotto with Treviso Radicchio and Taleggio.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Felicia from The Web Sorceress Cooks is telling us all about mushrooms this week. She shares information about the nutritional value of mushrooms, the antioxidants they contain, and describes the many varieties of mushrooms.
The wonderfully witty Stephanie from The Feast Crusade wrote about Lotus Leaf, Lily Bulb, and Wintermelon this week, with a touch of Chinese medicine and a great sounding recipe for Lotus Leaf and Pork Soup in Steamed Wintermelon. Stephanie also shares some interesting secrets from her childhood in this delightful post.
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Another new participant this week is Ed from Is It EDible, who shares amazing orchid photos he took at the Pacific Orchid Exposition. Ed also introduces us to his latest orchid acquisition, the Vanilla Bean Orchid.
Another new herb blogger, and a new location, is Isil from Veggie Way who shares information about the mallow plant, botanical name malva sylvestris. Isil also shares a recipe and photo of a great sounding dish, Mallow with Rice and Carrots.
The Timid Cook is also a new herb blogger, and she writes about fenugreek, called Methi in India. This post has a recipe for Methi Chicken combining methi leaves, chiles, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and coriander, which sounds delicious.
Ed Charles from Tomato is living the simple life, with lunch of roasted tomatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper, served on sourdough with basil and oregano, followed by a dinner of fresh figs with proscuitto and pepper. Be sure not to miss the Food Fascist section of this post.
At Once Upon a Feast Ruth is enjoying Sunday, her favorite day of the week by making sandwiches of Grilled Goat Cheese with Basil and Pancetta. Later she'll be having a pizza making party with her niece who is celebrating her sixth birthday - sounds like a great day!
San Francisco Bay Area, Wine Country, U.S.A.
B'gina from Stalking the Waiter was wandering around with her camera and discovered Lemon Balm growing. She gives suggestions for ways to use this wonderfully lemony smelling herb, which sounds like it's wonderfully versatile.
Athens, Ohio, U.S.A.
Another new herb blogger is Barbara from Tigers and Strawberries, who shares a very informative post about fenugreek greens, or the methi plant, a legume which can be used as a vegetable or an herb, and which produces the seeds that make the spice called fenugreek. Barbara also includes recipes for Fingerling Potato Aloo Methi and Dal Tarka Methi, and promises she'll be back next week with another post about curry leaves.
Los Gatos, California, U.S.A.
The next post came from Heidi at Foodatista, who writes about the morphing characteristic of the eggplant, like Zelig from the Woody Allen movie. She also shares a recipe for eggplant with poblano chiles which sounds wonderful.
Farmgirl's Farm, Missouri, U.S.A.
From the farm, Susan shows a photo of some beautiful spinach, explains why she doesn't grow it herself, and gives information about why it's important to choose organic spinach. She also shares a recipe for a delicious sounding soup, Farmgirl Susan's Super Spinach Soup. (Her lentil soup was fantastic, so I suggest you try it.)
New Jersey, U.S.A.
I appreciate the persistence of Ramya from Cooking Within My Grasp who grappled with browser problems to get her post to show properly for Weekend Herb Blogging. Originally from Tamil Nadu, India, Ramya wrote about the banana blossom and its use in Indian cooking. She also includes a recipe for Plaintain Flower with Steamed Lentils Curry.
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
My own post this week was about cauliflower, minus the cheese, which I had already had enough of by the time Sunday rolled around. I gave some nutritional information about cauliflower, and shared a recipe for Cauliflower, Bacon and Mushrooms.
That's all the herbs for this week, but don't forget Weekend Cat Blogging at Eat Stuff . Also, get well wishes for Sweetnicks, who normally hosts Weekend Dog Blogging. Since Sweetnicks is recovering from surgery, Weekend Dog Blogging can be seen at Something So Clever.
Next week, Weekend Herb Blogging will go back to Sunday night. That is, unless someone can figure out a way to get another holiday next weekend! If you're a blogger who would like to participate, visit the Weekend Herb Blogging Archives for ideas and more information.