Sunday, July 29, 2007
Weekend Herb Blogging Week #93. I am lucky enough to be chosen to host Weekend Herb Blogging again, that very enjoyable medley of what's happening with herbs around the world. Next week the host is again Kayln, the originator of this weekly event. There are 29 lovely entries, you'll enjoy each unique post, so click on the links!
First out of the gate is Joanna from Henley on Thames, UK with her recipe for Beetroot and Lentils. I knew that lentils came in colors, but was not attuned to varieties and their subtle distinctions as outlined by Joanna on her journey to making a dish in tune with her family's tastes.
Next up is Maninias: Food Matters own Maninas's delightful Warm Lentil Salad with Walnuts and Goats' Cheese. She flavors it with both thyme and bay leaf, with notes about the pretty thyme that grows in the pine woods in back of her home in Dalmatia, Croatia.
Raaga hailing from The Singing Chef, located in India wows us with not one, but three entries! First is her Conchiglie Mushroom Saute featuring mushrooms. Next is Cinnamon French Toast. And then she wows us with Beetroot Chutney in which she uses curry leaves. The only curry I knew about was powder, so it was a revelation to find it is a leaf!
Chris, located near Atlanta, Georgia and host of Mele Cotte brings us Moroccan Slow-Cooked Lamb which features fennel. We learn a few new things about this herb and which dishes it naturally pairs with, as well as links to other recipes using fennel 'round the web.
Next checking in is Kalyn, from Kalyn's Kitchen, the originator of this event. She brings us a lovely dish, Sauteed zucchini with Spinach and Basil Pesto. This recipe looks like an awesome way to take advantage of the abundance of zucchini available this time of year, and its full of important vitamins and minerals which she notes in the post.
Then comes Pam from Australia of The Backyard Pizzeria, with a Seafood and Cheese Starter. Pam uses both thyme and garlic to punch up the seafood flavor! But don't tell the Italian food police about that seafood and cheese illegal pairing!
Toronto's own Kevin from Closet Cooking brings us Tinga. Kevin has changed his mind about cilantro which he used to hate as a kid.
Coming back to the US, Emily of Superspark in Southern California brings us Pappa al pomodoro. She pairs tomatoes with bread in an amazing way. So simple, it's tempting to try it right now!
Next checking in is Katerina from Vancouver, B.C. one of my favorite cities. She's the one behind Daily Unadventures in Cooking and this recipe for Broccoli and Corn Salad. Using cilantro and left overs, she creates a fabulous dish!
To the east of Katerina, Sarah sends us something good from Ontario. HS hosts What Smell's So Good? and sends us a irresistible Chocolate-Mint Chocolate Zucchini Bread. She has an abundance of mint growing in her garden, including her featured chocolate-mint! She thoughtfully includes some hints for those who would like to make this mouth-watering creating vegan as well.
With all these entries pouring in, I had to get on the stick and make mine! So Friday night I sheared off some basil from the plant I've been nursing on my deck and combined it with an unusual sea vegetable, kelp noodles, to create Basil Kelp Salad.
Katie, living the lovely life in France writes about alliums in from Thyme for Cooking. She also includes a recipe including these interesting vegetables related to onions and garlic, Chicken Salad with Roasted Potatoes and Alliums. Visit her post to find out about the varieties and health benefits. None required actually to want to eat this lovely looking salad!
You just must follow Ros on her interesting journey to make a Mexican meal! Posting from Living to Eat in London, in a post entitled "Tomatillos Galore". Ros recounts her journey with hints for singles on attracting attention. However, it's not the tomatillos that are the star of her first Mexican meal, it is nopales, in a red pepper and nopales salad.
Pam of Sidewalk Shoes in Tennessee joins us for the first time with Grilled Chicken with Gremolata. She used parsley, thyme and oregano in her dish and describes so well that "Eureka!" experience we've all had when something newly attempted works so well! Welcome Pam!
Explore the madness of eggplant with Simona, who splits her time between Humbolt County and Berkeley California. She writes about melanaza from her blog Bricole with an Italian twist. Many unique and interesting facts are engagingly set forth in the post, and she even gives you the option of hearing the correct pronunciation of melanaza.
Realepicurian's Scott, who hails from England, writes of his soggy strawberry experience and yet leaves us with a most delightful recipe for Strawberry and Champagne Soup. So simple, yet elegant!
Y from Sydney who writes Lemonpi, uses my favorite fruit, figs to bake up White Fig and Pecan Bread. And surprises us with the real botanical classification!
Claudia with Fool for Food located in Germany, sends us a delightful recipe for Panna Cotta with Rosemary and Lavender. This looks exceptionally cool and refreshing!
Next up is Sher with Zucchini, Tomato, And Basil Couscous Salad, perfect for a summer day. She and I agree that her herb of choice, basil, makes a salad taste like summer! Sher writes What Did You Eat? from Davis, California and is owned by one cat and two birds.
From Melbourne, Australia, Ed at the Tomato blog, shows off a very cool find indeed, a fresh wasabi root! And you'll just NEVER guess what vegetables this root is related to! You'll have to take a look for yourself.
Next we hop across the globe to Andalucia, Spain to meet up with Zorra from 1x umruehren bitte aka kochtopf. Zorra brings us a recipe for Verjus, which is a culinary ingredient dating back to medieval Europe. Don't miss it!
Haalo brings us Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup, back across the globe in Melbourne, Australia and Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once. Like Katie, she chooses a member of the allium family and teaches us a few new things, not the least of which is how to make this delicious looking soup!
Riana in France, writing the blog Garlic Breath, offers up Avocados For Bébé and Me! and some interesting facts about those beautiful green avocados!
Next up is Ulrike from Küchenlatein in Kronshagen, Germany about Tonka beans. I won't spoil the fun of finding out what they are, you'll have to visit her site and also enjoy the Tonka bean mousse recipe she offers.
The Chocolate Lady in Greenwich Village, New York who writes In Mol Aran, and she brings us Stuffed Summer Squash with Dill and Hemp Seeds. I must admit, it's one combination I'd never imagined and it sounds like a fabulous pairing.
When My Soup Came Alive's Sra from India, has so many herbs in the two recipes in her post Sunshine and a Bird, that I'm not sure what to mention here. You'd better go take a peek yourself!
Peter writing from Toronto writes some interesting notes about thyme, which he uses in his recipe for Courgette Carbonarra. If you don't already know what courgettes are, you'll have to take a look at his site to find out. In keeping with the name of his blog, Kalofagas - In Pursuit of Delicious Foods, the results look delicious indeed.
Anna from Australia in her 50th Weekend Herb Blogging post! brings us Thon à la Provençale (Provencale Tuna). Anna had trouble posting photos to her Morsels and Musings today, so I'm using a little flower photo I did a little artsy editing to for a course I'm taking, and using it for this post so it stands out, since 50 is really a milestone!! Thanks for being with us that long Anna!
Our final entry is from Newport News, Virginia, and Deborah of Play with Food has cooked up some very herby fish. Using cilantro, she makes Herb-Crusted Mahi-Mahi that look like each bite would be a fresh burst in your mouth.
Well that's it for this week. Remember, this upcoming week Weekend Herb Blogging goes back to its home port at Kalyn's Kitchen.