Weekend Herb Blogging # 77 – The Round Up

First of all, I hope you all have had a wonderful Easter break. And thanks to your concerns, I have fully recovered from the cold.

Without any further delay, I am proudly presenting you the recap of Weekend Herb Blogging #79. With 39 entries from all over the world, we are really celebrating the common love for herbs and food!

Chicken Salad with Apple and Chives

Katerina of Daily Unadventures in Cooking

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Our first entry is a late addition from last week round up. We don´t want you to miss out on Katerina´s delicious salad, so it re-appears in this week recap. Using her home-grown chives, Katerina whipped up a simple yet flavoursome salad. Do visit her post to read the interesting discussion on how to make chive flavoured oil dressing.

Fenugreek Leaves and Green Peas in creamy sauce

Sushma of Sunmkiran´s Recipe Source

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Our second entry is beautiful green dish. The fresh fenugreek leaves and peas were cooked to perfection in a spiced creamy sauce. I haven´t seen fresh fenugreek leaves around, but if I have a chance to get them, this dish is definitely a must-try.

Uses for mint

Scott of Real Epicurean

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Can you imagine Scott has grown his mint for 10 years now and it is growing well? With all the mint he has in his herb garden, Scott is collecting ideas for using mint. The list has gone quite long and very interesting. Do you have any more ideas to share?

Everything Fennel

Chris of Mele Cotte, Atlanta USA

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Using the fennel bought from farmers´ market, Chris was able to cook up not one but two dishes. The first one was fennel slaw which had an amazing refreshing flavor. The second one, braised fennel, was truly a dish of comfort just by the sound of it.

Herbal Chai (Tea)

Sharmi of Neivedyam, USA

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It was a cold day in Melbourne when I received Sharmi´s entry. Her post really warmed me up with Herbal Chai, which contains spices like cardamom, ginger, fennel seeds and Tulsi (Holy Basil). Sharmi´s descriptions about the usage and medical properties of each ingredient are also very informative; you really don´t want to miss out.

Mushroom Sauce for Pasta

Joanna of Joanna´s Food

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I am a big fan of anything mushroom so Joanna´s entry is delightful to read. According to her, cooking mushrooms slowly brings out the rich earthy flavor which you can use for pasta, casserole or even on toast. With this method, even the standard supermarket mushrooms will taste delicious!

Asparagus with Simple Hollandaise Sauce

Cate of Sweetnicks

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Spring is in the air in northern hemisphere and Cate, like a lot of my fellow bloggers, is enjoying the abundant season of asparagus. Asparagus is such a lovely vegetable and there are a lot of things you can do with them. Do come over to Sweetnicks to read Cate´s experiences on matching asparagus with hollandaise sauce and some other valuable suggestions by her readers.

Rhubarb Scones

Sheela of Delectable Victuals

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Using the rhubarb from her garden, Sheela made some incredible scones which paired up beautifully with clotted cream. From her post, you also learn a lot more about rhubarb, the special vegetable.

White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley

Kalyn of Kalyn´s Kitchen

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Our 9th post comes from Kalyn, the founder of WHB. I once told Kalyn that all her salad recipes are freshly delicious and I really love them. And she did it again, coming up with a flavorful salad using the classic combination of tuna, parsley, olive oil and lemon. Adding white bean and you will have a complete healthy meal!

Asparagus Pizza with Rosemary and Goat Cheese

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Shawnda of Confession of a Foodie Bride

WHB can really change the way a lot of us see herbs. We love and appreciate them more like before. Shawnda is no exception. Inspired by WHB, she planted more herbs in her garden. And from the lovely home-grown rosemary, Shawnda made a pizza that no one would want to miss. A perfect spring dishes when you have asparagus around.

A warm buckwheat and mushroom salad

Pille of Nami-nami

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I was thrilled to read Pille´s post about buckwheat groats, an ingredient that I have been hunting for a while now. With this special ingredient, Pille came up with a hearty main dish that looks and sounds delicious. You can also find a lot of useful information about buckwheat groats in her post.

Salsa Verde

Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook

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This beautiful green looking “yet devilishly hot” salsa comes from Susan. Thanks to her detailed instructions on how to deal with the two “sneaky” ingredients, tomatillo and Anaheim pepper, the rest of us can whip up something as pretty and yummy as that some day.

Nyonya Chap Chai (Brasied or Stewed Mixed Vegetables)

Tigerfish of teczcape-an escape to Food

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Tigerfish brings a hearty Nyonya vegetable stew to this week WHB. Using treasure Chinese ingredients like lily buds, shitake mushrooms and black fungus, this stew is surely tasty and exceptionally healthy. Her instructions also so specific that even a novice like me feel confident cooking the dish!

Easy New-and-Improved Chicken Broth with star anise

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I´m so happy to discover a new Vietnamese food blog through WHB! Like any Vietnamese, Hedgehog is passionate about Pho Broth (Vietnamese Noodle Soup). This week she gives us a quick and easy version of Chicken Broth that can be used for the chicken version of Pho. Spiced with star anise, an essential ingredient for Pho broth, you cannot go wrong!

Dill Mustard Sauce

Myriam of Once upon a Tart

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I first visited Myriam´s blog through last week WHB and was stunned by her lovely recipes and photos. Featuring dill as the main herb, Myriam made a tasty sauce that would be a perfect match for all your fish dishes (and perhaps other seafood dishes, too).

Smoked salmon and mango in nut-n-cheese cup

Gattina of Kitchen Unplugged

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My dear friend Gattina brings us an incredible creation that is a feast for the eyes. In a green & white nut-n-cheese cup, she matched up the pink smoke salmon with the refreshing pale yellow mango from Peru. Wanna make it for your next party? Then go over to Gattina´s blog to see how she did it!

Spiced Parnsip Soup

Smita of Smita Serves You Right

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This entry is comfortable soup for a cold night. Blending parsnip & carrot with popular Indian spices, the end result was something really satisfying. In Smitta´s words – “The soup is a delightful blend of flavors – subtle sweetness from the hearty parsnips balanced with the well-behaved coriander/cumin spice combination.”

Pork-and-Ricotta Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Sher of What did you eat?

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If you like meatballs, you really need to try Sher´s recipe out. And even if you don´t like meatballs, perhaps her delicious meatballs can change your preference. According to Sher, fennel seeds lend a mysterious anise-like taste that adds another depth of flavour to this all-time favourite dish. This recipe is a keeper!

Radish Kadhi

Asha of Aroma

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Asha enlightens me this week with her entry about red radish, something I haven´t used much. And best of all, the radishes come straight from her garden to a light soup that is surely delightful to eat. The recipe also has besan, one of my favourite ingredients, so I will try it out soon.

Sauce Gribiche

Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once

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I can´t help drooling whenever I visit Haalo´s stunning blog. This week she used chervil to make Sauce Gribiche, which was a perfect partner to the delicious crumbled King George Whiting. The recipe is from Sydney chef Matt Moran. And after seeing Haalo´s fabulous photo, I just want to jump into the kitchen and start using his cookbook straight away!

In Praise of Potatoes

Katie of Thyme for Cooking

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Katie is doing justice for the much misunderstood potatoes in her entry. Potatoes are good for us despite the much common belief that they are wasted calories. For useful facts about potatoes, come over and read Katie´s passionate post. And when you are there, check out her two recipes that use the tasty new potatoes she found in the market.

Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup

Yich of SIM Cooks

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Yet another fascinating post about a lovely Chinese medical herb, wolfberries. Wolfberries have a lot of medical benefits and Yinch´s post tells us a lot about it. Pairing them with other herbs, Ying cooked a nutritious Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup. This soup is very popular among the Chinese, and it is believed to improve your health if eaten on a regular basis.

Harissa

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Pookah of What´s cooking in Carolina?

In the mood for Moroccan dishes, Pookah has managed to cook up some really lovely dishes at home. And for a cold night recently, the warming lentil and lab stew that used a Morrocan spice mix, Harissa, was so comfortable. Harissa is quite easy to make (I can confirm that), and Pookah gives us her very own version which she describes as “very, very good”.

Lemon and Hazelnut Green Beans

Ashley from Big Cook, Tiny Kitchen

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This green bean dish is not only healthy but also appetizing. The fragrance of lemon is refreshing, and those toasted hazelnuts give a crunchy bite! A delicious side dish at dinner table.

Prawn Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms With Crisp Comte Cheese Crisps

Christine of Christine Cooks

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Christine´s entry for this week WHB is truly mouth-watering! The mushrooms are stuffed with wild-caught prawns (wow wow!), glazed basil and some perfect-looking cheese crisps. I can´t help drooling and surely will try this myself.

Ceviche Mixto del Mar

Anna of Morsels & Musings

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Anna brings us a revitalizing ceviche that makes use of the incredible fresh seafood that Sydney is famous for. Her dish, inspired from the Cuban recipe for ceviche mixto, combines some of the most fabulous seafood ingredients with the heat of chilli and the lovely citrus flavour of lime, orange and grapefruit. Adding coriander (cilantro), you will have a combo to remember!

Durian Cream Puffs

Angie of My Kitchen, My Laboratory

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My good pal, Angie, has a very interesting discussion about some “offensive food” (Think blue cheese, natto etc.) in her post. It is so true that “one man´s meat is another´s poison” and “taste is a very personal thing“, isn´t it? Angie, then, uses durian as the filling for her very beautiful looking cream puffs. Durian is a hard-to-appreciate fruit (read Angie´s post and you will know why). But if you can get over certain barrier, it is perhaps one of the best fruits on Earth.

Charchari – a Bengali Mixed Vegetable Dish

Sandeepa of Bong Mom’s CookBook

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Using lovely Indian herbs, spices and five vegetables, this vegetable medley is guaranteed to be delicious! I always love Indian vegetarian dish, and this one is no exception. Sandeepa´s informative description about the background of Charchari is delightful to read, too.

Chocolate Cardamom Strawberries

Rinku of Cooking in Westchester

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Our next entry is sweet and seductive. Having found those stunning stem strawberries, Rinku dip them in cardamom-spiced melted chocolate. I always think chocolate and strawberries are perfect partner. And using cardamom brings out the mysterious warming sense of chocolate. Perfect for any occasion!

Verbena & Pepper Mint Panna Cotta, with Apricot Sauce

Virginie of Absolute Green

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Using agar agar as a replacement for gelatine, and soy milk for the normal milk, Virginie comes up with an elegant and vegetarian-friendly panna cotta. Flavoured with verbena leaves and pepper mint, this healthy panna cotta is also very aromatic.

Tuna with Gotu-Kola and Coconut “Pesto” Noodles

Ros from Living to Eat!

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Have you heard of gotu-kola leaves (also called asiatic pennywort)? I haven´t so this entry from Ros is enlightening. You should read her port thoroughly to learn about the Gotu-Kola and also how she comes up with the flavoursome noodle dish. Everything looks so delicious and Rosa confirmed that “There was the classic gotu-kola, coconut, lime combination balanced by the ginger and chilli in the tuna.” Superb!

Salted Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Deborah of Play with Food

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Deborah has a huge pot of rosemary in her garden and from that she makes the incredible salted roasted rosemary potatoes. My mom used to salt-roast chicken and it was delicious so I´m sure Deborah´s dish will taste beautiful, too.

Spinach Salad With Red Onions And Tahini Vinaigrette

Emily of Superspark

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Emily´s entry for this week is a simple salad that tastes really delicious thanks to the unusual Tahini Vinaigrette. I really like her descriptions about the salad: “Comprised of nothing more than fresh spinach, lightly pan-fried red onions, and an unusual, creamy tahini vinaigrette dressing, this salad is easy to make but tastes much more complex. The onions become soft and sweet and the dressing is rich and nutty.” Delicious, isn´t it?

Mini Pear and Cinnamon Cake

Y of Lemonpi

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It is autumn in Australia, and Y from Sydney is enjoying a varieties of pears at the moment. To celebrate the season, she baked a creamy mini cake with pear as the essential ingredient. Scented with a hint of cinnamon, the cake is perfect for the cooler seasons.

Zucchini with Rice

Burcu of Almost Turkish

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Burcu never fails to impress me with her traditional Turkish recipes. And this rice dish sounds so delicious and comfortable with the use of fresh herbs and zucchini. Burcu said it is good for hot summer days, but I think it can be enjoyed at anytime of the year.

Heart of Palm Quiche

Patricia of Technicolor Kitchen

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The next post brings us all the way to Brazil where Patricia made her debut entry for WHB with a gorgeous Heart of Palm Quiche. I have seen palm trees back in Vietnam but haven´t tasted heart of palm before. I am very curious since Patricia said she really loved it!

Pumpkin and Pancetta Risotto

Valentina of Trembom

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A beautiful recipe by another Brazilian, Valentina. Using the last mama squash of this season and applying a Gordon Ramsey´s recipe, the end result is a perfect risotto with a lovely colour. With mascarpone as one of the ingredients, it will be superbly creamy, too. This is what I call comfort food.

Oven-baked Butternut Squash and Rosemary Risotto

Sophie of Mostly Eating

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Like Valentina, Sophie used the combination of squash and risotto for this week WHB but her dish is very different. It is really fascinating to see how we can use the same basic ingredients to obtain diverse taste and texture. In Sophia´s recipe, risotto is baked with a few secret ingredients to become “a rustic, weeknight supper kind of a dish”. Her discussion about keeping the wholegrain goodness is also helpful.

Plum Crumble Pie

Anh of Food Lover’s Journey

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My entry for this week WHB is a plum crumble pie. Stoned fruit season is coming to an end in Australia, and I am eating them as much as possible. And I think this pie is a perfect way to celebrate my love for stoned fruits.

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It has been a pleasure to host this week WHB. All entries are really amazing and I have learnt a lot! Thanks everyone for your support.

For next week, WHB continues to stay in Melbourne when it is hosted by the gorgeous Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once. Be sure to come over for another great recap then.

21 Responses to Weekend Herb Blogging # 77 – The Round Up

  1. Kalyn says:

    What an amazing job you’ve done. And photos for 39 entries. I am very impressed. I’m afraid I have to go to bed now (or a bunch of fourth graders will be very sad tomorrow when I’m grouchy all day.) But after work tomorrow I will come back to read them all. Thanks again for hosting.

  2. Christine says:

    Great round-up and great job, Ahn! I’ve already found some new blogs and some great recipes and I’m not finished reading them all yet! Thanks for all your hard work.

  3. myriam says:

    good job girl!

  4. Kate says:

    Good photos, great prose, wonderful job!

  5. sher says:

    You did a great job! I love how you organized all the entries. Very impressive! And thanks for hosting. :):)

  6. Angie says:

    Great job you’ve done for this re-cap! Thanks!

  7. Pille says:

    Great round-up! I’m especially excited to read about fenugreek, as I’ve just put some seeds into my windowsill pot:-)

  8. Gattina says:

    what a fantastis round-up Anh! I have seen some herbs/veg, though unknown to me, which just sound interesting! Can’t wait to hop over and see!

  9. Anh says:

    Kalyn, thank you! Now I know how much hard work you have done to maintain WHB!

  10. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Anh, I’m so glad to be a part of this event! What a wonderful round up this is!

  11. Asha says:

    Great round up Anh!! So many new dishes to try!I love the the photos added this time.They are always than just words:))

  12. Sandeepa says:

    Lovely work Anh. The way you presented and categorized is excellent

  13. Scott at Real Epicurean says:

    Wow – a great roundup! More and more people seem to do WHB each time – so a great credit to Kalyn for the idea, and to you for hosting!

  14. ServesYouRight says:

    Anh, Great round up and presentation! Amazed to see so much variety!

  15. Sharmi says:

    hey Anh!! Lovely round-up and so much info. thanks a lot!! now you can relax I suppose. hope you are feeling good.

  16. Deborah Dowd says:

    Thanks for hosting and the excellent round-up! I found so many great recipes (and that I need to work on my food photography skills!)

  17. joey says:

    Great round up! Lots of good recipes here! Love learning about new herbs and veggies to use :)

  18. Susan says:

    What excellent work, Anh. You can see the thought and effort that went into it. Thanks for hosting!

  19. Sushma says:

    A Great Round Up Anh…all the entries look so beautiful…

  20. Amy says:

    Great job with the roundup! So many lovely pictures and recipes. :)

  21. Buy Fresh Seafood Online says:

    Anh, the recipes you listed looked very good and tasty. I am especially impressed with your fresh seafood recipe.

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