Monday, April 05, 2010

Weekend Herb Blogging #227 - Recap

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter break and that there's still some room for a few more dishes courtesy of this weeks recap.

As usual, I've sorted the entries by main ingredient. If I've left anyone out or the details are incorrect, please let me know and I'll fix it straight away.


JoyBell Cookies, Almond and Peanut Biscuits
Cinzia from Cindystar

You're going to have a very Happy Easter with these delicious cookies from Cinzia. Made without any leavening agent, the dough contains ground almonds and peanuts.


Grilled Flatbread with Chili-Garlic Asparagus and Ricotta
Yasmeen from Health Nut

It's not asparagus season here but Yasmeen's recipe has me wishing it was.  She grills her home made flatbread and then tops it with a mix of sautéed onions, garlic, chilli and asparagus, crumbled ricotta and soft herbs.


Spiced Carrot and Zucchini Barley
Joanne from Eats Well with Others

You can use a rice cooker to cook the barley in this dish or cook it conventionally. The cooked barley is added to sauté of carrots and zucchini that has been spiced with a heavenly mix of cumin, paprika and cinnamon. It's a great way to incorporate an underused grain.


Purè di Patate Rosato (Pinkish Mashed Potatoes)
Simona from Briciole

Simona has come up with a clever way to create pink mashed potatoes - she adds the cooking juices from beetroots!


Garlic Honey
Winnie from Heathly Green Kitchen

It's these in between seasons where you usually find yourself succumbing to those niggling colds and sore throats so it's great timing for Winnie to share her favourite sore throat remedy. You can store this garlic honey in the fridge so it's ready any time you start feeling those cold or flu symptoms coming on.


Gua Bao 刮包 ("Taiwanese Burger", or Pork Belly Buns)
TS & JS from [eatingclub] vancouver

TS and JS have brought along a dish that is sure to quell any remaining feelings of #momofukurage. Inside these fluffy white buns you'll find braised pork belly, chopped pickled mustard greens, ground sugared peanuts, cilantro and spicy Sriracha sauce.


Fresh Fig and Pistachio Galette

Fresh Pistachios are in season and I've combined the with another seasonal fruit, Figs to make a Galette.


Easter Bunnies
Brii from Brii Blog

It's been a sad time for Brii and her family so I send her big hugs and the warmest of wishes for better days ahead. I especially thank her for taking the time to share these wonderful Easter Bunnies.


All about Spinach
Tigerfish form Teczcape - an escape to food

Tigerfish details the differences between Chinese and English Spinach and also offers recipe ideas for both.


Double Chocolate Chip Mint Teff Cookies
Laura from The Spiced Life

Teff flour is made from the seed of lovegrass and is used in making injera, the Ethiopian flatbread. Laura has found a sweet and delicious way of incorporating this fascinating ingredient into these delectable Double Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies.


Mediterranean Cucumber Salad
Sra from When My Soup Came Alive

A rediscovered cookbook leads Sra to create this Mediterranean Cucumber Salad - a chilled mix of cucumber, raisins, onions, walnuts and yoghurt. If you buy your walnuts still in the shell, Sra has a novel way of opening them.

If you've read to the end and are thinking, wow, I'd like to join in, then here's all the information you need to know.

This week Prof. Kitty from The Cabinet of Prof. Kitty is our host.

The rules are simple - post about any herb, fruit, vegetable, grain, nut, seed, spice, flower or plant.

Your post can be informative, spotlight a particular ingredient and/or include a recipe where your chosen ingredient is one of the primary ingredients in the recipe.

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  1. Thanks, Haalo, for the round-up!

  2. So nicely organized, this round-up! And I learn something new everyday: teff!

  3. Ditto: your roundup is nicely organized and a pleasure to read. Thanks!

  4. Thank you Haalo for the lovely round-up!

  5. Thanks for the round up :)
    I'm rather amazed with that garlic honey...thinking of chicken marinade right now :)

  6. thank you, Haalo, great recap and some more new and unusual ingredients for me in it!


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