How awesome is this herb wall planter from Williams Sonoma?! I want one like yesterday.
If you live in a condo or apartment with no access to a backyard, this hanging herb wall is a wonderful solution to growing your own herbs. And, can you imagine how fantastic your place will smell with those herbs hanging around?
Oh yes, I'm swooning now.
This is a great handy little chart about herbs by Illustrated Bites.
One of the beautiful things about living in Phoenix is that we've been having 75 degree temps during this Winter. While the rest of the nation is wrapped in parkas and scarves, we're wearing short sleeved shirts and capris like it's Spring.
I went to The Simple Farm for their new Tuesday farmer's market, and Lylah gifted me with some fresh sorrel and arugula. Since it is technically winter, I thought making a soup with the sorrel would be befitting.
I've never had sorrel before and thought it would be fun to try this green also known as "sour grass" which is member of the rhubarb family and commonly used in France. Sorrel looks like spinach. To me, the sorrel tastes more like a tangy herb.
I found this cool vegan Sorrel-Kale soup recipe on the blog Oops It's Vegan, and based my soup recipe on their recipe.
I will throw in a disclaimer with this soup. Sorrel has a sour taste, and arugula has a bitter taste so combine the two and this soup will have a strong green flavor to it. Next time, I make this soup, I would use spinach instead of the arugula to tame down the bitter. I really like the strong peppery taste of arugula, but it is not for everyone. The lemon does help cut down the bitter taste.
However, arugula is nutrient packed, and it has one of the highest ANDI scores of food. Combined with the protein from the turkey sausage, I would call this recipe a power soup.
I also used mushroom broth instead of vegetable stock because I don't like celery, and most veggie stock is made with celery. Also, I thought it would be fun to do something different, and use the mushroom instead of the vegetable stock.
Let's get cooking:
Wait for soup to cool down, and serve warm. Enjoy!
Isn't that basil lovely? Herbs are not anything new to me, but fresh herbs are...and now I want to grow my own garden. I've always bought herbs dried in bottles at the supermarket.
I have become completely enamoured with the fresh herbs especially basil, thyme, rosemary, and sage because the flavoring really is just so heavenly, and the herbs really do make a big difference in food. I also like to the mixed bags of herbs where you get a surprise mixture. It's fun to play with the herbs and see what new ways you can dazzle the palate.
With some herbs, you don't even need that much to get a wallop of flavoring which I find amazing. Admittedly, I have become completely spoiled by the fresh herbs and have a hard time with the dried bottled herbs. The cool thing is that many herbs can be grown indoors and I'm thinking my next home project will be a mini herb garden.
I love the herb garden over at Dr. Andrew Weil's new True Food Kichen restaurant especially the 9' wall of fresh Rosemary. One day, coming clean with one of my secret fangirl crushes, I want to go visit Martha Stewart's culinary herb garden...if you can call it that. That garden is so ginormous, I bet you could put a Ferris Wheel in there and charge tickets.... and the garden is just herbs.
On Martha's website, they give a really good education on the herbs in the garden like the difference between Annuals and Perennials. It's really helpful that they include pictures of each herb so you can start to learn how to recognize each herb.
How about you? Do you love fresh herbs too and which ones are your favorite?