It has been fun hosting for Weekend Herb Blogging this past week. I learned of two plants/veggies that I've never seen or heard of before... that's what I am loving about this blogging event! Each week I am always learning about one or more new plant, herb, vegetable and/or fruit that is new to me from all around the world.
Anyway, Weekend Herb Blogging is a weekly group blogging event that was founded by Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen. WHB is a creative way to share recipes & learn about herbs, vegetables, fruits and other plant ingredients. WHB is currently managed by Haalo of Cook (Almost) Anything At Least Once, and next week’s host will be Laurie from Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska.
Now, with no further ado I present you the roundup of WBH #212...
Now our wonderful manager of WBH... Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once whipped up a beautiful & nourishing Strawberry Curd rich with egg yolks. I can almost smell the delicious flavors from her kitchen in Melbourne, Australia. Make sure you also make her delicious looking sfinci to go along with it! I must try this myself sometime... especially now that strawberries are at their peak time right now.
Next we have sweet Mangocheeks from Allotment 2 Kitchen who thinks she has found her favorite way of eating cauliflower. This veggie is available year round in Britain, but is not very popular and on the decline. I wasn't fond of cauliflower as a child, but now love it stir fried or roasted & spiced with Indian or Thai flavors when they are available. From her kitchen in Scotland she made a Cauliflower Terrine which looks like a spiced up veggie-loaf. I think I'll have to try this out too... thank you for sharing Mangocheeks!
Here is another plant that I've never heard of called Madre Cacao or Kakawate. Ela from Everything's Herbed smokes a fish over kakawate branches and covers it with kakawate leaves. What kind of flavor do the branches and leaves give? I would love to visit Ela's place in Laguna, Philippines and try this smoke fish myself. Ela's father is a farmer and this tree is very useful for fencing around property, as a trellis for their vine-growing veggies. They even use the leaves of the kakawate tree to help quicken the ripening of fruits!
Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen shares a unique Thanksgiving side dish that turned out to be one of her favorites. From her kitchen in New Paltz, NY she spiced up a variety of root vegetables with Cardamon... a strong, but heavenly spice found in Indian, Middle Eastern, Arabian & Scandinavian cooking. Even though Cardamon can be expensive... a little bit goes a long ways. Sounds delicious!
Lastly, I made a smoothie with mesquite powder & frozen mangos that is becoming a favorite in our home in Costa Rica. Mesquite is mildly sweet with a light, carmel flavor and great for baking. This traditional powder is not very well known in the modern age, but it is making a comeback as a health champ!