Thursday, 3 July 2014

Cooking with Herbs June Round Up

We were delighted to host Cooking with Herbs last month and was once again blown away by the creative flair displayed by bloggers from across the world in utilising herbs in some fantastic dishes.

Thanks to Karen over at Lavender and Lovage for allowing me to host this amazing blog challenge. Here's the link to the original post
                                                              Cooking with Herbs Lavender and Lovage

Here's a quick round up of the posts submitted this month for June 2014

                                                     Sharing the cake at cake club.

Our first link up was from Mint Custard a beautiful Rosemary Madeira cake recipe which she baked for the theme of "Secret Garden" at her local cake club meeting. As a fellow cake clubber I appreciate her creative twist on a traditional Madeira cake.

                                             cheddar cheese pasties with sorrel and elephant garlic

Next were these delicious looking Cheddar cheese pasties with sorrel and elephant garlic from Fromage Homage, an ideal picnic or lunch box recipe which utilised a pantry surplus of some lovely cheddar cheese.


Of we pop across to Ladysmock Cottage for not one but three recipes, first up are cheddar, onion and sage potato cakes. I love potato cakes so this recipe is right up my street and would be easy to make gluten free by substituting GF flour.


Next we have Clams in cider with parsley, a delicious and easy supper dish, apparently this colourful dish works well with perry as well.


Ladysmock Cottage's final contribution is Leeks braised in white wine and tarragon with a mustard dressing. This stunningly stylist dish contains one of my favourite herbs - tarragon and would be beautiful served hot or cold.

                                                    Strawberry Salad with Hazelnuts and Lemon Balm

Food and Travel blogger Palachinka contribution is a Strawberry Salad with hazelnuts and Lemon Balm, what a summery post which makes great use of seasonal ingredients, I love the combination of lemon balm with strawberries for a lemony zing.

                                 Roasted Pumpkin Laksa 1

Our next contribution is from New Zealand blogger Couscous and Consciousness with a Roasted pumpkin laska. Inspired by a Nigel Slater recipe this aromatic dish is a perfect winter warmer for the colder weather down under.


Cooking for Kirshore linked up with a Broccoli and Rainbow chard quiche, a perfect dish for the warmer weather, ideal for picnics or in the garden.


Next up is my contribution, a Strawberry rhubarb and creme fraiche pavlova with the subtle addition of lemon balm for its lemon sherbet flavours and its almost acidic green leaves.


Next is a chicken dish from Bizzy bakes, wonderfully French, this skillet herbed chicken with mustard would I am sure be a popular supper dish with any family.


 Bizzy Bakes also linked up a broccoli and cheese quiche with the crafty addition of chives to provide a sweet onion flavour to this dish.


The amazing Gluten Free Alchemist linked up this tasty looking gluten free Savoury summer roasted red pepper and tomato tartlet which would be wonderful with a green salad for lunch. Definitely one for bookmarking me thinks.


Joan Ransley kindly linked up this post of Blackcurrant and lemon verbena tarlets with elderflowers after I spotted it on twitter. Wonderfully summery and a great use of seasonal ingredients.

                                                  "Arabian Nights" Tabbouleh Salad Recipe for the NEW App Uniform Foodies

Cooking with herbs creator - Karen at Lavender and Lovage kindly linked up her "Arabian Nights" tabbouleh salad recipe. A colourful dish which utilises multi herbs in its creation including calendula flowers.


Anyone for Mexican guacamole with beef wraps ?, this is our next tasty contribution from Chris cooking around the world.


Chilli is obviously very popular at the moment as our next contribution is Chilli chicken bean bowls from Anne's Kitchen, who has a great tip on shaping your bowls by microwaving your tortilla and then shaping over a bowl.

                               turkey chilli (1024x674)

Another chilli dish this time from Searching for Spice who linked up with a healthy Turkey chilli. What an easy way to get some of your 5 a day.


The next contribution is Greens, beans and potato soup from blogger Green Gourmet Giraffe, this wholesome soup is made in remembrance of a work colleague and also as an ideal way to clear out the fridge vegetable drawer.

                                 Vietnamese Spring Roll

Next in this mammoth roundup is the stunning Vietnamese style summer rolls from Vohn's Vittles , this recipe is beautiful and the sort of food I like to eat.


We have the Kitchen of Kiki to thank for our next recipe, a simple but very tasty cold potato salad with herbs. A great summer dish for a hot day, as Kirsten says its quick to come together and only requires a very short time in the kitchen to make.

                                                Pineapple Mint Frothie

The taste space kindly linked up with the delicious looking Pineapple mint frothy drink, What an amazing flavour combination and one that must have been well in a hot Houston from where Taste Space hails.

                                Herbed Cauliflower ‘Rice’ with Tahini Yoghurt

Cauliflower is all the rage at the moment and this is a great recipe for Herbed Cauliflower rice from Recipes from a pantry. Such a versatile recipe and ideal if you are paleo or on a no carb diet.


We now pop over to Fabfood4all for an amazing looking Roasted tomato, red pepper and chorizo soup, featuring basil one of my favourite herbs, I can smell this from here, Wonderful.....

                                Roast Lamb with Tahini-Eggplant Puree

Our penultimate contribution is Mint Cumin roast lamb with moutabal from The Lass in the apron.This Lebanese Nigel Slater inspired dish would make a lovely variant on a Sunday lunch.

                                Lemon and Mint Pesto by

Last but not least rounding off an amazing Cooking with herbs is a Lemon and mint pesto from Feeding boys and a firefighter. This versatile pesto is a great recipe to help in tackling that rampaging mint plant in my garden.

A very tasty and inventive contribution from Choclette over at Chocolate Log Blog with chocolate bean burgers with chilli sauce. Delicious.....

Thanks everyone for your amazing contributions, I've really enjoyed hosting. See you all soon.

                                                      Cooking with Herbs Lavender and Lovage


Karen S Booth said...

THANKS so much for hosting cooking with herbs for June Linzi and what a FABULOUS round-up too - you had LOADS of amazing entries and I have bookmarked lots of them already! Karen xxx

Vohn's Vittles said...

Wow - what an amazing round-up! Lots of wonderful recipes to try out. Thanks. :-)

Gluten Free Alchemist said...

haven't we been a busy bunch? What an amazing round up of fantastic recipes. Lots of wonderful new ideas here to try! Thank you!!

Choclette said...

More wonderful recipes to try out - I reckon I need at least 4 more lifetimes to try everything I want to.

Thank you for including my bean burgers and in the Credit Crunch Munch round-up too Linzi. Much appreciated and sorry for the mix up.

darbas anglijoje said...

this post is new :) thanks

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