Monday, November 22, 2010

Weekend Herb Blogging #260 - Recap

Thanks again for joining in to celebrate the 5th birthday of Weekend Herb Blogging. Through the week dishes have been arriving from all corners of the globe to take their place on our celebratory table.

As usual, I have presented the dishes in order of main ingredient.


Mussamun Curry Paste
by Claire from Chez Cayenne

Claire finds a new use for the last of her fresh basil by making a red curry paste. The paste contains red chillies, coriander and cumin seeds, peppercorns, lemongrass, basil leaves, shallots, jalapenos, garlic, ginger, lime peel, cinnamon,cloves, nutmeg and cardamom. It can be frozen or used to make Claire's delicious Thai Curry.

Basil Bounty
by Ela from Everything's Herbed

Ela has the most amazing basil plants I've ever seen and she puts them to excellent use in all manner of dishes - from pesto to pasta, as an addition to stir fried shrimps and even as part of floral decorations.

Butternut Squash

Curried Butternut Squash with Chickpeas
by Soma from eCurry

A traditional Indian recipe made with local and seasonal ingredients is how Soma describes this dish. The butternut squash and brown chickpeas are spiced with home made Panch Phoron, chili, ginger and turmeric. With its festive colouring and imaginative flavourings this would be an ideal dish for those upcoming celebrations.

Cannellini Beans

Cannellini Freschi con Pomodori Ciliegia Arrosto/Fresh Cannellini Beans with roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Simona from Briciole

Simona asks the question whether we've ever seen and bought fresh cannellini been - after seeing the photos of those striking white beans in their pods, I'm sad to say that I haven't. Simona uses these beans in a warm salad of oven roasted cherry tomatoes topped with finely grated cheese - served with good crusty bread this is sure to satisfy.


Turkish Carrot Yoghurt Dip
by Anh from A food lover's journey

Anh will be hosting WHB next week but for now, she's sharing this simple yet delicious Turkish Carrot Yoghurt Dip. Grated carrots are first sautéed and once cooled are added to a mix of yoghurt, garlic and lemon juice. The end result is light and refreshing.


Cauliflower and Onion Tart
by Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe

In the case of this tart, it is absolutely love at first sight. The combination of cauliflower and cheese is food nirvana but wrap it up in a pastry case and add caramelised onions and I will soon be knocking on your door to have some.


Green Apple, Celery and Walnut Salad with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette
by Kalyn from Kalyn's Kitchen

WHB Mastermind Kalyn creates a South Beach friendly version of the Waldorf Salad - it's a mix of granny smith apples, celery stalks & leaves and toasted walnuts. I particularly love the addition of celery leaves - so often they are discarded but they have such wonderful flavour - the paler leaves found near the heart of the celery are especially good. The dressing is made with lemon juice, dijon mustard, agave nectar and olive oil.


Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili
by Janet from The Taste Space

Why buy pre-made spice powders when you can make your own? For this gorgeous black bean and butternut squash chili, Janet makes her own chili powder - a mix of Aleppo Chili flakes, smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, oregano and garlic powder. Another surprise comes in the addition of apple juice as Janet says "Its sweetness allows you to dial up the heat higher than you might otherwise"


Daikon cooked in Spicy Coconut Milk/Lobak putih masak lemak
by Nate and Annie from House of Annie

There's a great story behind this dish but I especially love that it brings a new way of cooking daikon. The spice element comes from a paste made with shallots, garlic, dried shrimp, chillies and belacan. The sliced daikons are first simmered in this spicy stock before coconut milk is added to finish the dish.


Mostarda Veneta
by Brii from Briiblog in English

From next week Brii will be hosting and managing the Italian version of Weekend Herb Blogging but this week she's made a traditional preserve from the Veneto region. This is a mix of quince, pears and apples which are cooked in white wine. Once soft, candied fruit and sugar is added before the final addition to make it a true Mostarda - mustard essence.


Hijiki Seaweed
by Tigerfish from Teczcape - An Escape to Food

Wakame and Nori are probably the two most well known types of Seaweed but this week Tigerfish spotlights another, Hijiki.


Mulberry and Blood Orange Champagne Cocktail

mulberry and blood orange champagne cocktail© by Haalo

To toast 5 years of Weekend Herb Blogging, I made a Mulberry and Blood Orange Champagne Cocktails.


Rosemary Caramel Popcorn
by Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen

Can you hear that popping sound? That's my popcorn maker working hard so I can make this ASAP. The caramel is made with butter and maple syrup and once it reaches the correct temperature, rosemary, salt and baking soda is added. It's then tossed through the popcorn and baked. I imagine this will be the cause of the great corn kernel shortage of 2010.


Passionate Starfruit Cranberry Chutney
by Claudia from Honey from Rock

It is the season of celebrations and Claudia's chutney provides an intriguing alternative to cranberry sauce. This chutney is a mix of passionfruit syrup, starfruit and cranberries which are spiced with cardamom, ginger and red pepper flakes. All we need now is the turkey!


Coronation Chicken
by Cinzia from Cindystar

Cinzia has come with a dish that is made for celebrations. Coronation Chicken was created for Queen Elizabeth's coronation so it will sit very nicely on our WHB birthday table.

I hope you've enjoyed the offerings as much as I have and if I've left anyone out or there are errors, drop me a line and I'll fix them.

Onto the draw....

All the names have been placed in a pot and Paalo has graciously agreed to draw out a name - if you are the lucky winner, please send me an email with your mailing address and your book choice.

Without further ado, the lucky recipient is

Congratulations to you!


  1. happy 5th Anniversary to all and congratulations to Simona.

    it is difficult to choose a favorite dish this time, they are all very very inspiring!!
    Thank's for hosting, Haalo.

  2. Thank you for hosting, and for the writeup, Haalo! It is an honor to be counted among the participants in this auspicious event. Here's to many more years of WHB!!

  3. Lovely array of recipes, Haalo. So sorry I missed it. I had planned to join in, but a last-minute run out for an ingredient I thought I had proved too late to meet deadline.

    Congrats to you for keeping WHB alive, and congrats to Simona. She won MLLA last month, too. The luck of some people. : D

  4. great celebration, Haalo, thanks so much for keeping our interest so high in this event!
    congratulations to Simona and happy herb blogging to all!

  5. Lovely round up Haalo! Looking forward to many more years of participation :)

  6. Excellent roundup! And congrats again on the 5th year celebration! ;)

  7. Congratulations to five years of Weekend Herb Blogging. Very fun seeing that the event has continued for so long. I love seeing what ingredients people are using each week.

  8. Happy 5th WHB anniversary and what a great way to round up and celebrate. Thanks for hosting.

  9. A very nice set of recipe to celebrate an important milestone. I am pleasantly surprised by the result of the drawing: thanks!

  10. As wonderful as always. Congrats on this big one and thank you for keeping this going.

    Congrats to Simona.

  11. I'm looking forward to submitting to WHB one day, I just never get organised enough!

    Also, congrats on your mention in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald!

  12. What a fabulous round up for such a wonderful moment. Congratulations on 5 years!

    I apologize for not being organized this week to participate. I will do my best to be better in the coming months! :)


  13. Thanks Brii and best wishes for Italian WHB!

    Thanks Nate - it's always a pleasure to read your WHB posts

    Thanks Susan - that is a shame but there's always next week. I think I'm going to get Simona to pick my lotto numbers!

    Thanks Cinzia - you're a great part of WHB!

    Thanks Winnie - and I look foward to seeing all your wonderful posts!

    Thanks Anh - happy hosting for next week!

    Kudos to you Kalyn - thanks for starting such a great event

    Thanks Tigerfish!

    Thanks Simona and congrats!

    Thanks Soma!

    There's always next week Deb! Thanks - I must go and find a paper and read it!

    Thanks Chris - the best part of WHB is if you miss it one week, you can always join in the next!

  14. congratulations on 5 years of WHB and a lovely round up to celebrate

    was pleased to see you getting a mention in the epicure today - well deserved

  15. I'm so sorry I miss the birthday edition of whb! Congrats to Haalo, to Kalyn and to all of yoy!

  16. Thanks Johanna on both counts!

    Thanks Graziana - look forward to seeing more of your lovely WHB entries in the future


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