So, after much typing and drooling over pictures, I bring you this week’s round-up of Weekend Herb Blogging. ENJOY!
Cleveland’s own Yasmeen from Health Nut brought back memories of her childhood with her fabulous looking Green Parathas, made with spinach and fresh fenugreek. Her version contains wheat germ which adds another level of healthiness to an already delicious dish.
Susan from Food Blogga not only does an excellent job of explaining that a uber-ripe plantain isn’t a banana but she also discusses how a plantain differs from a banana. To top it off, she shows us how to make Caramelized Plantians with Honey and Lime.
My girl Heather from Gild the Voodoolily brought back the tuna melt by showing us a more elegant way to prepare this old-school after school snack. By pairing dill havarti cheese with albacore tuna on a crusty baguette, well, let’s just say, this ain’t yo momma’s average tuna melt!
Ning from Manila, Philippines, does a great job of describing and cooking Chinese broccoli, otherwise known as Kailin. At Heart and Hearth, Ning stir-frys the Chinese broccoli with small, brined local fish called Saganid. Mmmmmm!
Maria of Organcially Cooked and from Crete, Greece, created this beautiful Spaghetti with Zucchini Flowers dish. Oh, how I wish we could get our hands on some of these beautiful zucchini flowers this time of year! Fabulous dish.
Genie, the Inadvertent Gardener, brings us a twist on an old classic with her Rustic Sweet Potato Gnocchi. She deserves a BIG round of applause because this was her first try at making homemade gnocchi. You go, girl!
Next, Tigerfish from Teczcape informs us of a new veggie she came across called Basella Alba or Emperor Vegetable. This pea-sprout-looking vegetable is actually a perennial vine. She pairs it with Egg and Shrimp Fried Rice. I’m intrigued!
All the way from one of my favorite places on earth, Lake Garda, Italy, Brii sends us her Orange Marmalade with Lemon Verbana. Wonderful!
Another entry by from Italy (yes, from another favorite place of mine), Cinzia from Verona, Italy who makes a tasty looking Lemon Verbana Liquor. It must be Lemon verbana season in Italy. Thanks, Cinzia!
All the way from one of my favorite places on earth (see a trend here?), Florence, Italy, Claudia from I Peccati di Gola…di Tatiana e Claudia makes a beautiful “casket” out of zucchini flowers. Check out her Zucchini Flower Caskets and Taliolini with Lemon for some inspiration.
And where woulda Weekend Herb Blogging wra-up be without an entry from the fabulous Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen!? Kalyn reminds us in the Northern Hemisphere that we can still make her Vegetarian Lasagna with Quick-Roasted Tomato, Garlic, and Herb Sauce with canned tomatoes. Long live summer with this great entry!
Next up is Bee and Jai of Jugalbandi us whole-grain yellow cornmeal to make their tempting-looking Cornmeal Sourdough Loaf with Sage. They claim it is dense but, to me, it looks like something I’d love to sink my teeth into!
Gretchen of Lima, Peru, and Canela & Comino brings us her Sri Lankan Beef Dinner and tells us about palillo which she often used to substitute for tumeric or saffron. She always believed it was different from tumeric but after more research realized it’s just another word for imported tumeric!
Wandering Chopsticks shows us how easy and delicious Vietnamese Boiled Amaranth Greens are to make. We learn about how this one-time weed, Amaranth, has been called the “crop of the future” because it is easily harvested, is very fruitful, withstands arid conditions, and provides large amounts of protein and amino acids.
Next, my girl Nuria from my other favorite place on earth (I promise, that’s the last one!), Barcelona, brings us Broccoli’s Hot and Spicy Soup where she uses a new ingredient – flax seeds! A creative way to serve those veggie-haters some broccoli! Great job, Nuria.
Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once (and of Melbourne, Australia) shows us some beautiful pictures of white asparagus and makes a fabulous tart with both white and green asparagus. How lucky to be living in a place where summer is on it’s way instead of on it’s way out!
Windy of Windy’s Food Corner sends us her beautiful Venison Pie recipe. Although venison may not be as easy to buy in certain parts of the world, it is a fabulous meat that should be tried at least once.
Thanks to everyone who participated!! If you are interested in hosting, please check out Kalyn’s Blog!