Sunday, October 28, 2007

Weekend Herb Blogging # 106: The Round-Up!

Kalyn kindly trusted me with hosting this week's Weekend Herb Blogging. It has been quite a task! There were 45 entries from far away corners of the world, including New Zealand, Alaska, India, France, Philippines, Spain, Scotland, England, Croatia, Brazil, Canada and USA.

To make this round-up more digestible, I've grouped the entries by the main ingredients. However, I didn't want to make it too easy for you either, so I've listed the ingredients alphabetically, in Estonian ;) I have provided the English equivalents, of course..

Happy browsing!

Lia of Swirling Notions blog has been cooking with Romano Beans. Lia grows them herself, and is actually looking for more recipe ideas for using these particular beans. So if you know a recipe or two, go and tell Lia!

Katerina (Vancouver, Canada) of Daily Unadventures in Cooking shares a recipe for Fennel Risotto with Goat Cheese. She's using fennel both as a herb and as a vegetable in this creamy risotto, so she's been doubly adventurous in cooking this time!

The Queen of Vegetables, Alanna (St Louis, USA) of A Veggie Venture is also cooking with fennel this week. She shares a simple recipe for delicious-looking roasted fennel. Just look at those gorgeously caramelised fennel chunks!

Burcu of Almost Turkish Recipes is sharing a recipe for Kuzu Etli Enginar aka Artichoke Heart and Lamb Stew. Sounds like a perfect autumn dish to me!

Toni (San Diego, USA) of Daily Bread Journal is understandingly distraught about the recent fires in her area, yet manages to bake a comforting Banana-Coconut Bread.

Maninas (Croatia) of Food Matters has given a new twist to the traditional tuna & mayonnaise sandwich by adding some basil leaves from her windowsill - the result is Tuna & Mayo Sandwich with Basil, Lemon and Black Pepper. Maninas reminds us that basil won the honorable title of the most popular herb of last year's Weekend Herb Blogging!

Charise (Dublin, USA) of more bread and cheese, please! is sharing a recipe for Ginger-Vanilla-Pear Bread. The recipe uses a lot of crystallised ginger - my favourite way of consuming ginger - so I'm definitely bookmarking this one!

Potatoes are the staple ingredient in Estonia, so I was excited to see Curry in Kadai's Kalva's (Andhra Pradesh, India) entry for Aloo Pudina Pulla Kura aka Minty Lemony Potato Fry.

There was another exotic potato entry: Sra of When My Soup Came Alive has included a leftover spud into her raita recipe - most unusual, and very intriguing!

Gwen (New York) of the Intoxicated Zodiac gives some zodiac tips for Virgos and shares a recipe for a pomegranite kumquat caipirinha. She's definitely providing the most teasing WHB photo I've seen so far!

VegeYum of A Life(Time) of Cooking (Australia) made a kumquat marmalade and describes it as divine. Cannot disagree with that - I love when you can see tiny black vanilla seeds in your food - be it a kumquat marmalade, plum jam or vanilla custard!

Pam (TN, USA) of Sidewalk Shoes keeps always fresh parsley and cilantro/coriander in her fridge, as using fresh garnish makes all the difference in the world, as she says. She's using cilantro/coriander to garnish this great chicken tortilla soup.

The originator of the Weekend Herb Blogging, Kalyn (Salt Lake City, Utah) of Kalyn's Kitchen has come up with a beautiful and colourful recipe for roasted butternut squash - an excellent recipe for the forthcoming Thanksgiving festivities! Thank you, Kalyn, for launching WHB two years ago, and for letting me host this time - it's been fun (though tough)!

The Chocolate Lady (Greenwich Village, New York, USA) is cooking up a storm with bright-coloured uchiki kuri squash. You can find her Late October Lentil Soup with Uchiki Kuri Squash recipe here.

Rosa (Paris&Nice, France) of Edible adventures in Paris, Nice and beyond is also talking about winter squash, but different ones: courge de Nice, potimarron, ridged courge musquée and such like. For her first ever WHB entry (welcome, Rosa!) she's come up with a Provençal classic Tian de courge. Rosa is originally from Canada, but has been working as a food critic and cookbook writer in France for the last dozen years. You can get a glimpse of her life by visiting her blog!

Kevin (Toronto, Canada) of Closet Cooking is exploring the Japanese kabocha squash this week and creates a beautiful kabocha risotto. I love the garnish of deep fried sage leaves and toasted pumpkin seeds. I've been thinking of making a pumpkin risotto myself recently, and will definitely use toasted pumpkin seeds on top.

Ilva (Tuscany, Italy) of Lucullian Delights was thinking of me when deciding which dish to enter for this week's WHB - how sweet is that!? You see, I had told her previously that I really like caraway seeds - a perfect spice to spice up a sauerkraut stew or rye bread and many other dishes. You can see her beautiful creation caraway carrots sweetly resting on a bed of soft goat's cheese. However, if you don't like caraway seeds, then you can use similar-looking (bot NOT similar-tasting!) cumin seeds in this recipe.

Strata (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) of My Bay Area Garden is letting us know about mustard as a salad green and sandwich layer. I grew some mustard leaves in a container this summer, and really liked their subtle mustardy kick! Head over to Strata's blog - she even tells you about different mustard leaf varieties - just look at the colours!!

Annemarie (London, UK) of Ambrosia and Nectar was sitting in a cold, herb-less, husband-less house, and prepared a Rack of Lamb, Port and Cranberry Jus, and Parsnip and Horseradish Mash to warm and cheer her up the other day. It must have worked!

The talented Ximena (Madrid, Spain) of the Lobstersquad blog has been drooling over recipes in Andrea Nguyen´s Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavours and tried various soups from the book. For the WHB, she drew us some lovely mint leaves.

Lissie (Bangalore, India) of Salt & Spice blog has made a coriander and mint chutney that she uses to make this great-looking ribbon sandwich. What a great idea, don't you think?

Syrie (Vancouver, Canada) of Taste Buddies blog used mint both to season and garnish her lamb biryani and to make her after-dinner mint tea. Both very comforting, don't you think? Mint is one of Syrie's favourite herbs. I drink a lot of mint tea, using mint from my mum's garden, but I must admit I've neglected mint as a herb.

Mandira (Michigan, USA) of Ahaar: pleasure and sustenance has been throwing some mushrooms and green peppers in with her baked tilapia - a great dish if you need to eat more fish and vegetables!

Shaun (Auckland, New Zealand) of Winter Skies, Kitchen Aglow obviously knows that I've got a soft spot for beetroot. His entry - Beetroot Risotto (adapted from Diane Forley & Catherine Young's The Anatomy of a Dish) - has already been printed out for perusal in our kitchen a.s.a.p. There are two steps to the recipe - first you need to pickle the beetroots, then make the risotto using those pickled beets, but it sure looks lovely!

Sophie (Oxford, England) of Mostly Eating shares a recipe for A warm beetroot, sumac and sweet potato salad that goes well with feta cheese. Sumac is also a great ingredient to use in this salad - its sharpness complementing the earthiness of the beets so well. I love her photo of small different-coloured beets - aren't they cute??

Katie (France) of Thyme for Cooking has still got plenty of parsley in her French garden, and she's whisked up this gorgeously yellow parsley and mushroom omelette. If WHB were about giving points, she'd get an extra one for calling me her very favourite Estonian :)

Anna (Sydney, Australia) of Morsels & Musings is using parsley to garnish her Lebanese breakfast dish Fatteh. The dish also contains lots of chickpeas, and sounds really good, so head over to read Anna's recipe.

Paz (New York, USA) of The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz is also blogging about parsley this week. She fancied one of Ilva's fabulous cauliflower recipes, and is blogging about Very Cheap but Very Good Vegetable Soup. You can never have too many recipes like that, so check it out!

Joey (Manila, Philippines) of the lovely 80 Breakfasts pounded some native pili nuts into this pretty pili nut pesto. Sounds like something to try when I'm ever on these faraway islands!! I must admit I had to search an online database for the Estonian equivalent of pili nuts (Canarium ovatum). Turns out the plant is called pili-kanaripuu and the fruit is pili. Who would have known!?

Patricia (São Paulo, Brazil) Technicolor Kitchen has been making Tomato, Minas cheese and eggplant salad in her kitchen. Patricia used Minas cheese - queijo Minas frescal - in a salad, which is a Brazilian speciality, but bocconcini would do, so you can all try the salad yourself. (And if you prefer reading the Portuguese-language version, then click here).

Chicken and Leek Pie was the entry submitted by Arfi Binsted (Tuakau, New Zealand) of HOMEMADES: A Joy of Being Domestic. Arfi has been struggling with sinusitis and recovering from the loss of her father-in-law. Lets hope that the Leek & Chicken Pie is

A relative foodblogging newbie Laurie (Anchorage, Alaska) of Tastes Like Home: Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska proudly presents Revithia Soupa aka Lemony Chickpea and Rosemary Soup. The recipe is an example of the delicious dishes presented in her charity cookbook Tastes Like Home: Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska, which you can buy here.

Ramona (Alexandria, VA) of The Houndstooth Gourmet is also presenting a rosemary recipe, namely Rosemary, Olive and Honey Quick Bread. The bread looks beautiful and so comforting that I'm tempted to make it already this week. Luckily, I've got two pots of rosemary on my windowsill, so the ingredients are at hand..

Genie (Iowa City, USA) of Inadvertent Gardener has used sage - a herb that abounds in her back garden - to make blackberry-ginger-sage vinaigrette to accompany a fruit salad. Doesn't that sound just delicious?

Peter (Toronto, Canada) of Kalofagas: Pursuit of Delicious Foods submitted the sole mushroom recipe this week, risotto with royal trumpets. I thought I know lots of wild mushrooms, but Peter has just introduced me to a new one (Pleurotus erýngii in Latin, kuningausterservik in Estonian).

As a former resident of Bonnie Scotland, it always delights me to hear from Scotland. So when an email poppled into my inbox from Holler (Scotland) of Tinned Tomatoes, I was very excited and headed straight over to check our her recipe for Apple & Red Onion Chutney. Go and admire the cute labels she has made!

Jennifer is blogging over at Like to Cook and she submitted a recipe for Spinach and chickpea soup. According to Jennifer, it's perfect on a chilly autumn day, which makes it perfect for pretty much anyone living on a Northern hemisphere at the moment :)

Haalo (Australia) of Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once is clearly showing how the seasons on the Southern and Northern hemisphere differ. How else could she be blogging about this gorgeous Zucchini Flower Frittata in late October, when I did it back in July?

Susan (Missouri, USA) of the award-winning Farmgirl Fare blog baked a fabulous-looking fresh tomato and basil whole wheat sourdough bread. This bread is extra special, as the recipe was sent to Susan by one of her readers back in August, so it's a fan mail recipe. Susan has a recently started a small artisanal bread bakery at her farm, so no wonder she comes up with this beautiful loaf! (I must admit that Susan's banner is almost as beautiful as mine, so if you haven't seen it yet, then pop over:)

Margot (London, UK) of the Coffee & Vanilla: euro-caribbean food blog is mixing Polish, Dominican and British elements in her kitchen. For this week's WHB she recreates a recipe from UKTV Food, but adds her own twist. The resulting Fruit & Cheese Pastry with Sweet Chilli Sauce looks most intriguing and appetising, using both pears and apples, as well as feta and mozzarella cheese. Margot serves this with sweet chilli sauce, and she also provides a little more information about small and devillish bird eye chilli peppers.

Jeanne (London, England) of Cook Sister! blog writes an informative post on figs and shares a recipe for roast figs with balsamic vinegar and pine nuts. Go and read the story about the fig tree in her back garden in Pretoria!

Sher (Davis, California, US) of What Did You Eat blog highlights the role of cumin in her chicken and tomatillo stew. The recipe is adapted from Food&Wine, but Sher wonders why the end result has such a different colour in reality compared to the magazine photo. Any suggestions?

Mike (Florida, USA) of Mike's Table has made a vegetable pizza. It's hard to highlight one particular herb or vegetable - the pizza is full of pure vegetable goodness, so do check out the recipe yourself. Mike has also provided good step-by-step photos.

Andrea (Northern Virginia/DC Metro, USA) of Andrea's Recipes has submitted a very informative and helpful post on making vegetable stock. I've only recently started making my own vegetable and fish stock, and can confirm that it makes all the difference (though I do cheat sometimes with my Marigold Vegetable Bouillon powder:)

Gretchen (Lima, Peru) of Canela y Comino is also using a whole range of vegetables for her submitted entry, Thai Style Stir Fried Chicken. There's onions, carrots, mushrooms, and broccoli, and Gretcshen kindly provides nutritional information on all these ingredients.


Laurie Constantino said...

Thanks Pille! Your round-up is a very helpful and interesting summary of the entries. You did a terrific job!

Katie Zeller said...

What a marvelous idea! Now I'm going to google 'Estonian' to learn the history of the language...
Great round-up, lovely words, I'll be back in the morning with my coffee for a good read and book-mark session ;-)

Kalyn Denny said...

What a fun idea to categorize by ingredient, in Estonian! Love it. I'm off to the grocery store right now, but when I get back I shall return and check out all the entries I've missed.

Shaun said...

Pille, darling - I love that you have added your spin to hosting duties by classifying each entry in Estonian according to its principal herb or vegetable. The summaries are concise yet inspire one to visit each blogger's page. A great round-up, and I hope you and K. enjoy the beetroot risotto!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Thanks for rounding up all of these great recipes! I look forward to trying some out soon! I love that you listed the names in Estonian! Very creative!

Anonymous said...

Pille, this is a great round-up -- thank you so much for taking the time to put it together! Great stuff...and I loved learning all the ingredients in Estonian.

test it comm said...

Great roundup!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Pille I love the way you listed everyone!
Once again thank you for hosting this week WHB.

Chris said...

This is the coolest! I didn't make it to participate this week, but I am sure learning tons! Well done & thanks! Off to click throught the posts.....

Farmgirl Susan said...

What a wonderful roundup Pille! Thank you for your kind words, too. Now I need to go make sure I'm not overloading my poor computer by opening up so many of these links at once! So many delicious recipes to investigate.

Thanks so much for doing such a lovely job with WHB. : )

Anonymous said...

it was interesting reading! enjoyed it a lot and marked many pages.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I loved the line-up Pille, as everbody else has said, it was inspired to list everyone's posts in alphabetical order by ingredients and great to learn a thing or two as you go! Very interesting. Must go visit the pages now! Thanks for adding me!

sra said...

Pille, thank you v much for the round-up.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the round-up, especially the bilingual aspect. You made this one a wonderful WHB!

Anna (Morsels and Musings) said...

i'm such a nerd for food words in other languages. thanks for indulging me!!!

Anonymous said...

multi lingual herb blogging... awesome! thanks for hosting : ) k

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great WHB Pille. There are so many inspiring recipes to try! Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Pille, you did a fantastic job. Thanks for all the hard work.

Susan said...

Pille, a very clever and fun way to peruse yet another set of great, new recipes. Sorry I missed the deadline; it would have been pretty funky to see my entry translated into Estonian.

Jeanne said...

That was a fascinating trip into Estonian vocab - thanks Pille! Interesting to see soe Germanic trends and similarities to Afrikaans - we call parsley pietersilie which is hardly a million miles from the Estonian :)

Great roundup - people's creativity week after week never ceases to amaze me!

Mandira said...

What a fabulous round up Pille, love the categories and the beautiful description for each entry! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Petersell? Ahh! I like to learn something new everyday. I love it!

Thanks for the wonderful lineup.


Anonymous said...

Wow, this was a biggie! Thanks for the roundup, Pille. And by the way . . . your cake looks delicious!

Lissie said...

pille, wonderful roundup! fantastic job!! thanks a lot!!!

Pille said...

So glad to hear that you all enjoyed the round-up! There were lots of great entries - thank you again for taking part!

Anonymous said...

Regarding the post about figs, I usually buy the fig confit from Holy Food Imports because my friend absolutely loves it and it tastes really good.

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