There are two things I really like about April. One of them is spring break; what's not to like about that? For me this year, it's one more week and then nine days off. The second thing is planting the garden. These two things go well together, since for a few years now, I've been planting quite a bit of my garden during spring break in April, and I've been very lucky with the weather so far. In Utah the general rule for planting is Mother's Day, so I'm pushing it by at least three weeks, but I have a fence on three sides of my garden, so it stays a bit warmer. I'm hoping to do some serious planting in about ten days.
Before I start sharing the herb blogging posts for this week, I want to say thanks to Mae from Rice and Noodles for letting me know that Weekend Herb Blogging was mentioned in an article on food bloggers called "Food for Thought in the Blogosphere" published in the Sunday Business Post Internet Edition, and thanks to Barbara from Tigers and Strawberries who was being interviewed and was nice enough to mention Weekend Herb Blogging. Very fun.
New Jersey, U.S.A.
Ramya, from Cooking Within My Grasp sent another fascinating post this week, this time talking about dried neem flower, which she reports is a miraculous herb of India. She uses it to make Neem Flower Rasa, a type of soup served as an appetizer.
Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
It is time for Easter Vacation for Ulrike from Kuchenlatein, so she is harvesting most of her chervil plant. She briefly considered using the chervil to make herbal schnaps, but instead created a lovely sounding Chervil Soup with Crayfish Tails.
At Once Upon a Feast, Ruth is nearly through with phase one of the South Beach Diet, but on day twelve, she outdid herself with two wonderful dishes. Diet or no diet, you will want to try Crab and Avocado Salad with Cilantro Mayonnaise and Stir Fry Ginger Chicken and Snow Peas.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
A new herb blogger, and a new featured ingredient when Shalini from Samayal sent a fantastic post about Green Juice or wheatgrass juice. Shalini reports that the juice is delicious and super nutritious, and she is planning to grow some wheatgrass of her own and report back.
Another new ingredient this week from Isil of Veggie Way, who shares a yummy sounding recipe for Potato Salad with Wild Radish Greens. I loved the sound of the dressing too, which had olive oil, Dijon mustard, garlic, and lemon juice.
Davis, California, U.S.A.
Despite suffering from a bad toothache, Sher from What Did You Eat turned out a fantastic looking dish called Asian Spiced Kedgeree. Sher loved the taste of this combination, which included salmon, rice, and boiled eggs, seasoned with coriander, cumin, cilantro, and fish sauce.
Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
Ilva from Lucullian Delights is off to Milan to visit her husband's family, but she still managed to squeeze in a bit of Weekend Herb Blogging before she left. This week her post was about Poppy Seed Cookies, with her usual amazing photos.
South of France Near the Spanish Border
The battle for garden dominance is still being waged by the mint and the parsley in the garden of Riana from Garlic Breath. This week Riana gives points to parsley, writing about the uses of parsley, including an ancient remedy that sounds quite interesting.
Astoria, New York, U.S.A.
Another new herb blogger is Stacey of Just Braise, a great blog with one of the most interesting blog headers around. Stacey has created a delightful alternative to potato salad, a Pomelo Salad with Mint, which also contains oranges, radishes, and celery and is perfect for summer meals.
Panama City, Panama
Melissa, the Cooking Diva (and Bloggie winner for best Latin American Blog - way to go Melissa!) is talking about Hibiscus Sabdariffa, also called Saril, Jamaica, or Roselle. Melissa tells us about the many uses of Saril, with tea being one of the most common, and gives a recipe for Panamanian Chicha de Saril which sounds great.
Southern California, U.S.A.
I've been inspired to try growing sorrel by another new herb blogger, Surfindaave from The Serendipitous Chef, who has been learning about fresh sorrel and buying it from a farmers market vendor who is on the way to becoming a friend. He uses his fresh sorrel in Pan Roasted Salmon Fillets with Sorrel Sauce, which sounds like an amazing combination.
Farmgirl's Farm, Missouri, U.S.A.
Farmgirl Susan, who know has a new blog called In My Kitchen Garden, has broken new ground with her Weekend Herb Blogging entry this week. Instead of a recipe or a post about a certain plant, Susan has posted a book review of The Vegetable Gardener's Bible by Edward C. Smith, a book I can tell I will want to buy right away!
Using up some chicken which she made for a dish of Hainanese Chicken Rice was the inspiration for Stephenie from The Feast Crusade to create her Chicken, Mint, and Glass Noodle Salad with Pine Nuts. The salad looks wonderful, and we hope Stephanie is recovering from her migraine, which has reappeared.
It is an interesting blend of cultures at the home of Spicehut from Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice, where she cooks up a delicious sounding Amerindian Spinach and Salmon. The salmon is the American part of the meal, but the spinach gets an Indian treatment with onion, garlic, chiles, and lemon juice.
Small Town in the Tornado Alley, U.S.A.
Another new herb blogger, and a very creative recipe for Spagetti Squash Lettuce Wraps comes from Luv2Cook from the blog Cooking Medley. She replaces the higher carb rice noodles in the wrap with spagetti squash, then combines it with asparagus for an interesting filling for the wraps.
New Jersey, U.S.A.
Nicholas has been visiting the Easter Bunny and requesting his Easter treats at the home of Cate from Sweetnicks. Meanwhile, Cate has been cooking Cuban Style Chicken Fricasse with cumin, cilantro, and bay.
Sandy Hook, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Sarah from Cucina Bella has been making a lower calorie version of a recipe her mother used to make. The resulting Tomato Brie Pasta sounds wonderful, especially with the fresh basil that Sarah recommends.
New York, New York, U.S.A.
The Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan has been thinking about chervil, not chevril as she once called it. She is going to be visiting Davis, San Francisco, and Berkeley soon and would love to communicate with food bloggers there.
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
My own post this week was about mustard greens, another of the previously untasted greens I've been having fun trying. I used them in Macaroni with Lemon, Garlic, Parmesan and Mustard Greens. I would try mustard greens again, but probably in a longer-cooking recipe next time.
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