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Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Cooking recipe, Lovage, Onion |

Lovage Soup

I am eager to try this soup, it sounds delicious! Lovage Soup Ingredients: *2 tbsp. butter *2 medium onions, finely chopped *2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced *4 tbsp. finely chopped lovage leaves *3.5 cups chicken or vegetable stock *1 cup milk or cream *grated nutmeg, salt, and pepper Directions: 1) Melt the butter in a heavy pan and gently saute the onions and diced potatoes for 5 minutes until soft. 2) Add the chopped lovage leaves and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the stock, bring to a boil, season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer gently until the potatoes are soft (approx. 15 minutes) 3) Puree’ the soup with a food processor or blender and return to a pan. Blend in the milk or cream, sprinkle with nutmeg and heat through. Do not boil or the milk/cream will curdle! Adjust seasoning to taste.  Serve the soup either hot or cold. Enjoy! Recipe found in: Jekka McVicar, The Complete Herb Book, pg. 145....

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Cooking recipe, Onion, Sweet Marjoram |

Marjoram and sausage pasta

Marjoram is my favorite herb in the kitchen! I adore it! Marjoram and sausage pasta Ingredients: *10.5 oz. rigatoni *9oz. sausages *2tbsp. olive oil *1 large red onion, roughly chopped *2-3 cloves garlic, minced *1 small eggplant, diced *3 small zucchini, diced *2 cups tomato pasta sauce *1 tbsp. fresh chopped marjoram (or, I suppose, if you must, oregano) *1.5 oz. black olives *9oz. cherry tomatoes *2 tbsp. chopped parsley *marjoram leaves and Parmesan cheese for garnish Directions: 1) Cook pasta in boiling water until it is al dente, approx. 10 minutes. Drain. 2) Grill sausages until brown. Cool slightly, then cut into thick slices. 3) Heat oil in saucepan over moderate heat. Fry onion until starting to color, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and sausages, cook a few minutes. 4) Increase heat and add eggplant and zucchini, cook and stir for 5 minutes, or until eggplant begins to soften. 5) Add tomato pasta sauce, marjoram, and seasonings. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until eggplant...

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Posted by on Sep 11, 2011 in Cooking recipe, Onion, Tarragon |

Tarragon stuffed mushrooms

I love mushrooms AND my tarragon is ready to use. I am sure that I will be making this recipe soon… Tarragon stuffed mushrooms Ingredients: *1 pound large mushrooms *3 cups fresh breadcrumbs *2 cloves garlic, minced *1 small onion, chopped very finely *2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh tarragon *2 eggs *salt and pepper *1.5 cups dry breadcrumbs *oil for frying Directions: 1) Wipe the mushrooms clean. Carefully remove the stalks without damaging the caps. Finely chop the stalks and set aside. 2) Place the fresh breadcrumbs in a bowl and add the garlic. Stir in the onion, tarragon, 1 egg, seasonings, and chopped mushroom stalks. Mix very well to form a soft stuffing. 3) Divide the mixture between the hollows of the mushroom caps, pressing it in well. 4) Beat the remaining egg in a dish and dip each stuff mushroom in it. 5) Place the dry breadcrumbs in a dish and dip the egg-coated mushrooms into them, ensuring that they are evenly coated. 6) Heat about 4...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Cooking recipe, Garlic, Gotu kola, Onion, Peppermint |

Eastern Herb Salad

Another recipe that I want to try, it looks really healthy and good! Eastern Herb Salad Ingredients: *1 cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and diced *salt and pepper *3 tbsp. olive oil *3 pita breads, toasted and broken into small pieces, or 5 slices of white bread, toasted and cut into strips *2 cloves garlic, minced *juice of 1 lemon *2 tbsp. young Gotu kola leaves, roughly chopped *4 tbsp. purslane leaves, removed from their stalks and chopped (or baby spinach) *2 tbsp. flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped *2 tbsp. cilantro leaves, roughly chopped *2 tbsp. mint, roughly chopped *1 red onion, finely chopped *5 ripe tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and roughly chopped Directions: 1) Place the diced cucumber in a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave to drain for 20 minutes. 2) Toast the the bread. In a large bowl, mix together the garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil to make a dressing. 3) Add the herbs, the diced vegetables, the pieces of bread and toss well to coat with the...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Chives, Garlic, Onion, Vegetables |

Garlic, Chives, Onions

Garlic, Chives, Onions

Name: *Garlic (Allium sativum) *Garlic Chives (Allium odorum) *Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) *Onion (Allium cepa) Description: *the Allium family are a pungent, tasty product from the garden *garlic is an insect repellant and also neutralizes the poisons of bites and stings Parts Used: *leaves, bulbs, flowers, use them fresh Position: *all Alliums like well-tilled weedless soil, good drainage, and a sunny position Propagation: *plant onions by seed *plant chives by seed *propagate garlic by planting cloves vertically with top covered by 2.5 centimeters of soil Maintenance: *weed well, especially in early growth stages *do not over winter *garlic is vulnerable to nematode (eel worm) attack. To clear soil of nematodes, plant a crop of dwarf orange marigolds (Tagetes patula) beforehand Harvesting: *use fresh *when they are finished growing, the tops of both onion and garlic wither and fall over. On a sunny day, pull the bulbs of these plants and leave them for a few days to dry out. Store in a dry, well ventilated place *to prevent browning, avoid...

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