Sunday, May 14, 2006

Weekend Herb Blogging #32 Recap

It's Mother's Day, when we acknowledge Mothers for their ability to love unconditionally. My own mother died in 1998, so this is a kind of bittersweet day for me. On Friday I visited her grave and spent a little time recalling how truly I had one of the most incredible Mothers anyone could hope for. I still think about her all the time, and often wish I could be more like her (more patient, more loving, and more generous with other people.) It's something I'm always working on.



In Utah Mother's day is also kind of the benchmark day for planting gardens. Most people here don't plant bedding plants before Mother's day. I planted my garden yesterday, and later today when it's not quite so hot, I'll be outside planting a few last seeds. I'm always happiest when it's time to garden. Of course having a job where you get the summer off doesn't hurt either!


I haven't been cooking much for the last little bit, but it doesn't seem to matter because lots of other food bloggers have sent some interesting ideas for Weekend Herb blogging this week. This week I finally decided there had to be a deadline for submitting things (I just can't do WHB all night long on Sunday) so from now on, things sent after 3:00 (Utah time) will be included in the following week.

New York, New York, U.S.A
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At In Mol Araan, the Chocolate Lady is making Khumes (or hummus) using a very authentic sounding process to go with the authentic name. If you haven't yet learned the art of decorticating chickpeas, be sure to read this interesting post.

New Jersey, U.S.A.

Over at Sweetnicks, Cate created Hanger Steak with Olive Oil and Fresh Herbs while she was writing up Weekend Dog Blogging last weekend. Grilled steak is always good, and it does sound delicious.

The Beach, California, U.S.A.
Lavender is an herb I've never cooked with, but I love the sound of Foccacia with Lavender Garlic created by Gabriella from My Life as a Reluctant Housewife. I'm going to have to look for a spot to squeeze some lavendar into my garden.

Panama, Republic of Panama
Melissa from Cooking Diva enlightens us on the fruit called Guava or Guaba, and reports that what many people call guava is actually called guayaba. Real guava is a fruit that grows on a tree, is eaten raw, and the seeds are ground into a paste, seasoned and fried. Visit Melissa's blog to see the many names for this fruit.

Toronto, Canada
We can always count on Ruth from Once Upon a Feast to be cooking something interesting, and this week she sent two posts. The first featured Ribs, Sweet Potato Wedges, and Sauteed Fiddleheads, a first for WHB! Later in the week Ruth whipped up Chile Rubbed Chicken with Mango Salsa.

Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
At Kuchenlatein Ulrike has created something using one of my favorite ingredients, arugula (also called rocket, Rucola, or Rauke in German). Italian Ham and Rocket Rolls seem like a wonderful combination.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Pille of Nami Nami is dreaming about summer, sun, and sand and reminiscing about a time she visited the Greek island of Santorini. In memory of that trip, she created Santorini Fava or fava bean puree, which sounds great no matter where you eat it.

Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
How does Ilva from Lucullian Delights come up with something interesting and beautifully photographed week after week? Raw talent I guess. This week she is treating us to Patate, Piselli e Pancetta con Alloro or Potatoes, Peas, and Smoked Pork with Bay Leaves.

Davis, California, U.S.A.
Tagliatelle with Chicken is the delightful sounding creation of Sher this week from What Did You Eat. Sher uses shredded chicken, raisins, pine nuts, pasta, and rosemary to create this yummy looking dish.

Trinidad, California, U.S.A.

Over at Christine Cooks, Christine is blogging about mint this week, and thinking of making mojitos. (Christine, I've never made mojitos in my life so I have no idea how these rumors get started!)

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
At Saffron Trail, Nandita started with a post to see who could identify a coconut in the shell. Then it morphed into a delightful recommendation of how to freeze fresh coconut and lots of great ideas of dishes to make with coconut.

New Jersey, U.S.A.
This week Ramya has a new blog title, changing to Cascading Flavours, which I think is a wonderful title for a food blog. Ramya shares a very interesting sounding recipe for Soyabean Sprouts Salad, featuring soybean sprouts cooked in sesame oil.

Mumbai, India
I'm always excited when someone comes up with a brand new plant for Weekend Herb Blogging, and this week Tony of Anthony's Kitchen has written a very interesting post about Yongchak, also called Parkia Roxburghii or Tree Beans. It can be an ingredient in a dish called Yongchak Eronba (mashed vegetables), but Tony shares a recipe for Yongchak with Tunghanbi or Tilapia, which sounds great.

Nantes, France
Another very interesting post this week from Virginie of Absolute Green, written in French but you can translate to English if you need to. Virginie writes about Elderflower Syrup, made with the flowers of the Black Elder tree.

Milan, Italy
Piperita from The Kitchen Pantry is showing us her herb garden this week, which looks impressive even though she says she only has a small balcony where she can grow herbs. In her post Piperita mentions the idea of a worldwide MeMe of "Show Us Your Herb Garden." If you love the idea as much as I do, leave a comment and encourage her.

New York, New York, U.S.A.
At The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz, Paz is celebrating Mother's Day and showing us a photo of some beautiful tulips. She includes some interesting information about tulips, which I didn't know was a member of the lily family.

Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A.
Strata from My Bay Area Kitchen shows us she can cook as well as garden with her recipe this week for Chickpeas and Greens over Pasta. She used Asian Spinach from her impressive garden for this dish, which sounds to me like it would taste great.

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
For my own post this week, I shared how I got my garden tilled and spent all day Saturday planting veggies and herbs. Hopefully later in the summer I can cook some yummy dishes with the produce and share it on the blog.


That's all the herb blogging for this week, and I'm leaving you with a question to ponder and comment on if you're so inclined. I've been toying with the idea of turning Weekend Herb Blogging into a traveling event. What I'm thinking is that I would continue to host the recap every other week, and on the off weeks other people who might like to take a stab at it could host. I would still announce it, and would forward any posts that came to me by mistake, but another blog would host the recap every other week (or whenever someone signed up). I'd have people sign up in advance so you could announce on your blog that you were going to be hosting, and of course I'd announce who was hosting each week on my own post. For me, it would be fun to see how others might do it, and I'd enjoy having a Sunday off every other week. For other people it would be a chance to get some good exposure for your blog if you were hosting (a lot of people read the recap every week). If you think it's an interesting idea and might offer to host, leave a comment and tell me your thoughts.




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9 comments:

Virginie said...

Hi Kalyn,
Thank you very much for all the work you've done and your comment. I understand you'd appreciate a sunday off time to time. If you like, I can relay you some sundays (writing both in english and french ; it could open your project to the french blogosphere...). See you.

ilva said...

Kalyn, you know I am here to take over some of the burden if neeeded! Put me on the list1 And thanks for the great round-up, there are so many interesting posts coming in!

Gabriella True said...

I am so sorry about your mom.

I am sure doing this every week is very time consuming. I think it would be great if you had other bloggers host this fine event from time to time or every other week. I think it would also be great for WHB as it might bring more new people into it. I am also very new to all of this so of course take my opinion with a grain of salt.

And to add, I would love to hostess this one weekend on My Life As A Reluctant Housewife.

Paz said...

I'd be happy to help out! Thanks for all the work you do putting the WHB posts together.

Paz

Kalyn said...

It's exciting to see that the first comments are all from people who wouldn't mind taking a turn at hosting WHB on their blog. I think this could make the event better than ever. Anyone who leaves a comment here saying they are willing, I will contact you and we will figure out a weekend that works for you. Thanks for the support!

cookiecrumb said...

Kalyn, I am stunned by the international success of your funny little idea, Weekend Herb Blogging. Congratulations, and thanks for bringing all these interesting people (and foods) to the rest of us.

Calendula & Concrete said...

Kalyn,
I've been enjoying your blog and WHB in particular. I would be happy to host WHB perhaps one Sunday each month. Most of my blog readers are "garden bloggers" rather than "food bloggers," but the overlap is obvious. I bet many more gardeners would love to know about WHB. Let me know if I can help.

Kalyn said...

C & C, I will contact you to take a turn hosting.

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