Sunday, March 19, 2006

Weekend Herb Blogging #24 Recap
Still Learning About New Plants!

Hard to believe we've been doing Weekend Herb Blogging for 24 weeks now, but this is really week #24 for the event where food bloggers write about herbs, plants, veggies, and flowers, and send me the links for a recap published on Sunday every weekend. You can check the Weekend Herb Blogging Archives if you're a blogger who would like to participate. Every week I'm surprised how much I learn, and this week is no exception.


New Jersey, U.S.A.

Ramya from Cooking Within My Grasp misses the sound of the leaves of the coconut palm, which she heard in her native India. This week she sends us a post all about tender Coconut water drink and the nutritional value of coconut water, which is very high in potassium.

New York City, New York, U.S.A.

A new copy of Gerard's Herball is the prized new acquisition of The Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan. She says she will be madly learning about new herbs now that she has it, and this week she writes about nettles, used to make Nettle Tea.

Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Chervil Soup is a dish that is traditionally preferred by men more than women in Germany, reports Ulrike from Kuchenlatein. However, even though she is a woman, Ulrike likes her version of Chervil Potato Soup.

St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

Over at A Veggie Venture, new herb blogger but old friend Alanna has discovered cabbage sprouts, a vegetable that is new to her (and me too). Alanna reports that they look a bit like loose cabbage leaves, but taste more like collards or kale, and she would definitely cook them again.

California, U.S.A.
For nutrition, and to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Spicehut from Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice is thinking about cabbage. She produces delicious looking Cabbage Vadis, an authentic Maharashtrian dish, which consists of fried sq
uares of spiced and "cabbaged" gram flour.

Davis, California, U.S.A.
Fresh Thyme and Garlic Soup was on the menu at the home of Sher from What Did You Eat. She reports that the soup was very easy to make, and it looked wonderful when she served it garnished with a toasted piece of french bread floating on top.

South of France Near the Spanish Border
From Garlic Breath, Riana is back and having fun experimenting with the Ugli fruit, which she reports is actually pronounced Hoo-glee. This Jamaican fruit is a hybrid cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine, and Riana reports it tastes like an orange with a hint of grapefruit.

Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy

In Tuscany, Ilva from Lucullian Delights is working in her garden, but she takes a break to think about pine nuts. She uses them in a beautifully photographed Pasta con Melanzane, Zucchini e Pinola, or Pasta with Eggplant, Zucchini, and Pine Nuts.

Istanbul, Turkey
A visit to Izmir in the western part of Turkey was in order for Isil from Veggie Way. While they were there Soner's mother prepared some great food, including Isil's featured dish of Fava Beans with Artichokes in Olive Oil.

Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Another new herb blogger is Laurie from Slowly She Turned, who was working in her yard and had fun gathering dandelion greens. After doing some research on how to cook them, she ended up creating Cream of Dandelion Soup from the leaves, and also experimented a bit with the buds, something I'm sure I've never tasted!

San Francisco Bay Area/Wine Country, U.S.A.

B'gina from Stalking the Waiter sends a photo of some interesting looking mustard cress, another plant that was completely new to me, and she tells some good ways to use it too. B'gina is most definitely getting into a gardening frame of mind, and also reports on an impressive assortment of seeds she will be ordering.

Arizona, U.S.A.
The drought has finally ended in Arizona, and Fran of Flavors is showing us a lovely photo of some baby bok choi. She used her bok choi to make Bok Choi Colcannon, a perfect combination of flavors for a new twist on St. Patrick's Day.

San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Ed from Is It EDible loves his orchids, and this time he is sharing a fabulous photo of the coconut orchid, or Maxillaria. Ed has nurtured this plant for months and months to get it to bloom, and now his whole dining room smells delight
fully of coconut.

Melbourne, Australia

Down in Melbourne, another guy named Ed has a very naughty dog!! Check out Tomato to see Ed Charles' dog Tsuki eating the basil plants. Sigh, I wish I had some basil plants!

New Jersey, U.S.A.
At Sweetnicks, Cate has been very good about using up food she has on hand, and she tried a recipe for Creamy Fettucine with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Fresh dill. She also reports on a field trip to an amazing sounding place called International Food Warehouse.

Toronto, Canada
Ruth is nearly through testing recipes for her bookbook at Once Upon a
Feast, and she reports a little dieting is on order once the recipes are tested. (One of the hazards of being a great cook, Ruth.) To prepare her tastebuds, she is trying a new version of Leek, Mushroom, and Spinach Soup, which sounds wonderful.

Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
A delightful sounding White Bean Dip with Wonton Chips was the appetizer for lucky dinner guests at the home of Marianne, The Unemployed Cook. She reports on how she seasoned the dip the herbs she had, which included lemon balm, mint, thyme, and rosemary.

Sandy Hook, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Sarah of Cucina Bella is writing about one of my favorite herbs this week, curly parsley. She gives a nice description of how this is different from flat leaf parsley, and uses it to make Pinwheel Bake, an interesting sounding pasta dish.

Farmgirl's Farm, Missouri, U.S.A.
Next we have a new blog, but not a new blogger, since Farmgirl has created In My Kitchen Garden, a blog where she is going to keep track of her gardening adventures. This week she writes about a greenhouse within a greenhouse which she rigged up to protect her 150 tomato and pepper seedlings from the changing Missouri weather.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
At Blog From Our Kitchen in Canada, EJM is writing about tartare sauce with fresh dill, which she likes to create a little differently each time she makes it. There's also some good information here about growing dill, and ideas for what to do with your fresh dill when you get some.

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

My own herb blogging efforts this week were focused on Napa Cabbage, since my herbs are still buried under the snow most days. This was my first time cooking Napa Cabbage, and the dish I made, Braised Napa Cabbage with Shitakes, turned out to be quite delightful.



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10 comments:

  1. Cool roundup Kalyn. More entries compared to last time ??

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  2. Spicehut - Well, I haven't counted every week, but this is 21 entries, counting me, and I'm quite sure we haven't ever had that many before!

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  3. 21 entries! It was enough doing 11-12 for the PETE WElls aevent which is only once a month.

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  4. Well done, Kalyn,

    This week I will try to try the chervil potato soup, and good heavens! I am so glad Ilva reminded me of the eggplant I still have.

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  5. Super roundup, Kalyn. So many new foods and blogs to investigate! : )

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  6. This is wonderful, Kalyn - I really enjoy reading about new herbs & plants, and all the tips for using them. Thank you for hosting this!

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  7. This is such a comprehensive blog. I just discovered your blog and am so happy that I did. I love low-carb foods and its so infrequent that you can find such unpretentious writing about it. Nice work! If you are interested in other cooking, diet food forums you should check this [out]! Check it out! Keep blogging!

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  8. A never ending list-wow! WHB is just getting better and better! And heavier and heavier for you...THANKS Kalyn!

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  9. EC, TCL, Farmgirl, Pille, thanks for checking out the entries.

    Angela, I agree that Gather has some interesting stuff. I might write for them if I had more time.

    Ilva, luckily I have a good system down now that I've done it for a while. :)
    For one thing, I started keeping a notebook listing where people live, etc. so I don't have to look it up on their blog each week. I know, so un-techie, but it works.

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  10. Great Round Up, Kalyn! I hope to participate more - after the big move.

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