Cooking with Herbs: The August Cookbook and Round-Up of Recipes

Vietnam visits a French Country Kitchen! Crispy Coconut Crepes with Prawns

Crispy Coconut Crepes with Prawns and LOTS of herbs!

Cooking with Herbs:

The August Cookbook and Round-Up of Recipes

Cooking with Herbs

Welcome to another lovely round-up of all of your recipes with herbs for the month of August and Cooking wih Herbs! And oh my goodness, you all did me proud this month, as I had a staggering 47 entries! Each one of them made with all types of fresh and dried herbs, with some outstanding recipes that I have been busy bookmarking! There were salads, soups, pizzas and burgers, as well as cakes and bakes – it was a veritable treasure trove of herbal deliciousness! THANKS so much to all who entered, and without further ado, here is the BIG HERBAL round-up! Karen

Turkish Fava Bean Dip

Turkish Fava Bean Dip with Coriander

Cooking with Herbs: The August Cookbook and Round-Up of Recipes

FIRST up to the pass was Dashing Dom, who made the most amazing dish for his entry, baked salmon and chorizo with one of my favourite herbs, LEMON THYME! I was SO impressed with Dom’s recipe, as it was simple and yet the flavours were singing like a diva! Thanks Dom Darlink………the rest of the round-up follows on after his photo…….

2, 3 and 4: The next three entries are from the lovely Mary over at Inside a British Mum’s Kitchen. She entered Pesto PastaLemon and Rosemary Roast Chickenand Flower and Herb Salad from the Garden with a Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette. What a FAB trio of herbal goodies, thanks so much Mary and I LOVE your photos too!

5 and 6. One of my favourite people and blogs was next, the amazing Chip Butties and Noodle Soup! And look what she made for the herb challenge, TWO herb recipes, Eggah with broad beans, cavolo nero, potato and mint and Burwash Rose Cheese Salad with Pomegranate, Peach and Chilli. BOTH innovative and exciting recipes! LOVE the Burwash cheese too!

7. The lovely Anne over at Carrington Lane Bakery was next with one of my all time favourite recipes, Meyer Lemon and Lavender Bars. I ADORE lemon bars, but with lavender? Even better! Such amazing photos too Anne!

8. My French chum, Solange from Pebble Soup was next and what a lovely recipe she made – again with lavender, which I love; she made a batch of  Lavender biscuits aka Cookies à la Lavande, and they look just stunning.

9. Shaheen from the fabulous vegan and vegetarian blog A2K – Alottment 2 Kitchen was next with a TART! She matched strawberries with onions and cheese for this stunning sounding Strawberry, Caramelised Red Onion, Thyme and Brie Tart.  Such an inventive recipe thanks!

10. One of my lovely Coking with Herbs guest hosts was next, the vibrant Vanesther from Bangers and Mash. She made the most amazing  recipe for Fusilli with broad beans, mascarpone and thyme, which could grace my table any day of the week!

fusilli with broad beans

11. My FBC5 room-mate and friend Jac from Tinned Tomatoes made a Puff Pizza Pie with Pesto – HOW tasty and delicious does that look?! I LOVE puff pastry style pizzas and this looks delectable, just the type of food I love, on a non-fast day!

12. The lovely Corina from Searching for Spice made something very fishy with herbs, and you all know I LOVE fish! She made a beautiful sauce to serve with fish, with herbs or course, Lemon and Parsley Sauce for Fish – perfect thanks Corina!

parlsey and lemon fish sauce (500x328)

13. Rosemary Tear and Share Bread has to be one of my all time favourites and Louise from Cake and Calico brought this STUNNING loaf to our cooking with herbs table, thanks and welcome Louise! Louise served this with Brie and Chutney, YESS!

Tear and share bread

14. I LOVE this next entry as I am a bit of a purslane fanatic; Wilddraft Vita made this lovely dip made with purslane leaves, and how brilliant it is to see it featured. Purslane Yoghurt Dip (Portulaca oleracea)

15. Another NEW friend that I made at FBC5 is next, the lovely Bintu, who blogs over at Recipes from a Pantry. She made this amazing Courgette, Yoghurt and Mint Dip, which looks so creamy and fresh – perfect for summer, thanks Bintu and WELCOME!

Courgette, Yoghurt and Mint Dip

16. Elizabeth from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary is a Cooking with Herbs regular, and her entry this month is wonderful,  a tasty looking Red Kidney Bean Burger. I ADORE burgers, meat and veggie, and hers looks divine!

17. Claire from Clairey Fairy’s Cooking is next! She made a stunning Tomato Salad with Basil – for me, you cannot beat this classic combo and I use basil with tomatoes all the time.

18. Another LOVELY cooking with herbs regular is Janet from Taste Space, and as usual, she had made something stunning fr us all! Janet comes to the table with a beautiful Peach, Basil and Hemp Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette – just so PRETTY!

Peach, Basil and Hemp Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette

19. Beck from mintcustard, who is the author of  School Dinners as well as The No-Waste Meal Planner (GREAT books!) entered this fabulous recipe for Barbecued trout to the challenge, and I must say that I LOVE trout cooked over coals! Thanks Becky!

Photo: So exactly which law says you just have to have burgers and sausages on the BBQ?

20. MY lovely friend Kate from Turquoise Lemons entered an Easy peasy lemon squeezy weekday basil chicken dish into the challenge, and I must say that herbs and chicken go so well, especially with lemons too! Thanks Kate!


21. Prepare to be dazzled with Sarah for The Garden Deli’s recipe for Raspberry & lemon verbena drizzle cake – she uses lemon verbena, one of my favourite herbs, and I grow it in my garden too, so I may try her divine recipe soon!

Cake 2

22. Linzi from Lancashire Food is one of my favourite bloggers (and twitter chum) and she entered a lovely Courgette and mushroom pasta recipe, where fresh thyme is allowed to sing! Perfect for a mid-week family supper.

23. Back to lovely lavender again, and my delightful friend, Jacqueline from How to be a Gourmand has made this stunning recipe for Lavender Infused Apricots and Raspberries – just perfect for a hot summer’s day!

24. Last month’s winner of the cookbook, Chris from Cooking around the World, has made this lovely recipe  Zingy Chilli and Chocolate Gazpacho for the challenge, and that sounds like a VERY interesting recipe Chris!

25. How does Lavender Scented Panna Cotta grab you? Well it grabbed me as soon as I saw it, and the cook who made this stunning little number is the lovely Katharine from Leeks and Limoni – what a FABULOUS entry thanks Katharine!

Panna Cotta

26. My lovely friend Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen made a summer soup, and I DO love soups in summer, as well as winter. Janice’s soup, Summer Soup with Herbs, has a bouquet garni of rosemary, thyme, marjoram and chives in it, can’t get more herbal than that!

27. Welcome to The Silk Route and Kalyan Panja , a new cooking with herbs blog and  blogger and what a STUNNING blog too! Their first entry is for the fragrant Hyderabadi Haleem, a  Mutton Haleem, packed with the most amazing spices and herbs……just stunning thanks!

28. Another delight now from Chip Butties and Noodle Soup! This time we have a plate of Cornerstone cheese risotto with butternut squash, chorizo and rosemary dished up – OMG! How divine does that sound!

29. Welcome to Julie from Life and Chai and her amazing entry is for Paneer in a coriander, mint and chilli sauce.  I love paneer and especially when it is made into dips and sauces,  as this is. And, this fabulous recipes contains LOVAGE! Thanks Julie!

Paneer in a coriander, mint and chilli sauce

30. Who loves Spag Bol? I DO! So, you need a GOOD Bolognaise Sauce, which we from the amazing blog Magnolia Verandah, another favourite of mine!  WELCOME again to another Herbs newbie and what a STUNNING entry thanks!

31 and 32. Another TWO beauties from Chip Butties and Noodle Soup; Instant Spiced Pickles (…well 15 minute pickles!) and Spicy Coconut Curry Mussels – I need to move in with you! SO many wonderful entries thanks! And, I LOVE the look of those moules with coconut!

33. My own entry this month is for some Crispy Coconut Crepes with Prawns, served with LOTS of fresh herbs and just perfect for a lovely informal lunch! You have to try these crepes, they are LUSH!

Vietnam visits a French Country Kitchen! Crispy Coconut Crepes with Prawns

34. I am not sure if my good friend Fiona from London Unattached has entered before, so I will say a BIG welcome to her! And, she has also made a LOVELY low-calorie soup too, Tomato Soup with Roasted Garlic and Fresh Basil – BEAUTIFUL thanks Fiona!

Tomato Soup Recipe Basil and Roasted Garlic - 5-2 Diet Recipe

35. Kavitha from Techie…..Cookie……Freaky………is also a Herb Newbie, so welcome! And an even bigger thanks as look what she has brought, a bowl of delectable Coriander Falafels! I LOVE falafels and these look amazing!

36. Poulet a l’estragon – French tarragon chicken by Vanesther of Bangers and Mash – Bah Oui! A BIG favourite French recipe of mine and Vansether’s looks incredible! Merci encore!

Poulet a l'estragon

37. The lovely Caroline from Caroline Makes has made a plate of DELECTABLE Crispy pork medallions for her entry – with thyme and parsley! These look so tasty and would make great picnic food too!

38. Welcome to Tina from The Spicy Pear – and what a FAB Mexican entry she has made, Mexican Black Bean Salad, packed full of exciting tastes and flavours. It was also lovely to meet you at FBC5! Unfortunately I cannot seem to copy one of Tina’s lovely photos – so please follow the link above to see what she made! 

39. A BIG fanfare for the AMAZING Chip Butties and Noodle Soup’s last recipe entry! And, for me, the most beautiful of her entries! Blackberry, Lavender and Orange Blossom Jam. Stunning, just stunning………

40. A fabulous entry next from Vohn and vohn’s vittles – she made a Courgette Soufflé – perfect for those late summer courgettes and the glut you normally have. It’s a beautiful post with helpful step-by-step photos too! Thanks Vohn!

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41. I LOVE borage and grow several varieties in my garden, so I was very excited to see this recipe for Chilled Borage Soup from Anita-Clare who writes over at Lover Of Creating Flavours – and another BIG welcome to her!


42. Rachel from Marmaduke Scarlet comes up trumps with a delightful Nigel Slater recipe for roasted courgettes with thai-style minced chilli and lime pork. She uses dill and parsley in this comforting looking recipes, perfect fro an early autumn day.

43. Another lovely recipe from Shaheen over at Allotment 2 Kitchen for Lemon Thyme and Black Rice Risotto; I love risotto and when made with black rice, this takes this dish to another level!

44. The lovely Petra from Food Eat Love made this stunning BUTTERNUT SQUASH FRITTATA for the challenge, and it looks divine! I love the choice of ingredients she used, clouding the fresh parsley and warm aromatic spices.


45. My lovely friend Nazima from Franglais Kitchen is next and she is sharing some BBQ salad ideas; she has suggested this delectable recipe, Charred Asparagus and Sweetcorn in a Peanut and Chive dressing, which looks and sounds so elegant!


46. Andrea over at Shabby Chic, one of my favourite blogs, has also made a favourite Middle Eastern salad of mine, garden fattoush. Hers is made with whatever she had to hand in her garden, and includes that most Middle Eastern of herbs, mint! LOVELY thanks Andrea!


47 and finally…..The Brilliant Phil form As Strong as Soup comes up with another winner, and a recipe that uses Chervil. His recipe for Braised Turnips With Mustard And Chervil is a triumph and I love the use of duck fat in this recipe, as well as the chervil too of course.

Turnips with Mustard and Chervil

THANKS for all of your AMAZING entries and check back tomorrow for the winner of the book, see below, as well as the NEW Cooking with Herbs challenge for September!

Cooking with Herbs