Grow Your Own #4 Round-up

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Grow Your Own logo, seeds, 200pxIt’s that time again! Each month I look forward to all the entries that come into my mailbox. For November we have a total of 17 entries from 8 countries. We’ve made a lot of different dishes using our homegrown carrots, peppers, beets, squash, tomatoes, mint, parsley, basil, lemongrass, chilies, brussel sprouts, onions, mung bean sprouts, persimmons, chives, lettuce, squash, pumpkin, rosemary, sorrel, and even a home raised turkey! We have three desserts, four main dishes, two breads, two salads, four sides, and one beverage. I’m so impressed with the creativity displayed in this round-up!

Thanks to all of you for supporting Grow Your Own! Speaking of which, Grow Your Own #5 started yesterday. The deadline for this month’s entries is December 29, and I’ll post the round-up on January 2 (I’m giving myself a blogging holiday on New Year’s Day).

And now, the round-up! Click the photos to see the posts.

What Smells So Good - Holy Hell ChiliIn Ontario, Canada, Sarah of What Smells So Good? cracked me up with her description of her Holy Hell Chili and how she managed to rescue the last of the carrots, peppers, beets, squash, and tomatoes from her garden the day before the first killing frost. She tossed it all with a bunch of other ingredients into a pot, then had to transfer it all to a larger pot!

Shazam in the Kitchen - Tah Boo Leeee!Mary of Shazam in the Kitchen (Ohio, U.S.) made a delicious and healthy tabbouleh (Tah Boo Leeee!) using her homegrown parsley. She had planned to add mint as well, but the weather was cold and wet that day and she decided to stay indoors rather than dodging the raindrops to get to her garden.

Jugalbandi, Brussel SproutsEven if you aren’t a brussel sprouts fan, you should check out what Bee and Jai have done over at Jugalbandi (Northwestern U.S.). They found a surprise when they were cleaning out their garden at the end of season: hundreds of brussel sprouts hidden in the thicket, and they made three different dishes using their bounty. The roasted brussel sprouts might actually convert me!

Catatan Irma, Spring Onion Flat BreadThis lovely fried flat bread was brought to us by Irma of Catatan Irma (Germany). She used her homegrown spring onions and sesame seeds as a topping.

Masala Box, Thai Chicken with BasilIn Florida (U.S.) Mocha of Masala Box made a beautiful Thai Chicken with Basil using the basil and lemongrass from her garden and Thai chilies from her neighbor. She even served it in a lovely dish that she made herself!

Gumbeaux in the Kitchen, LHHTC Salad with Fig VinaigretteGumbeaux Gal of Gumbeaux in the Kitchen takes advantage of the mild Southern California (U.S.) climate and grows her own greens and herbs. She used them in a colorful salad with locally grown heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers, and made a fig vinaigrette to top it off.

Zlamushka's Spicy Kitchen, Mung Bean SproutsSprouts are a delicious and healthy addition to any meal, and Zlamushka of Zlamushka’s Spicy Kitchen (Sweden) shows us how to grow them in the kitchen. I have a wok that those sprouts would like to jump into!

I Was Born a Woman, Persimmon CakeIn Italy, Betsy of I Was Born a Woman is lucky to have a persimmon tree growing in her garden. She used the fruit to make a beautiful persimmon cake that looks so moist!

French Peach, Chocolate Chili Squash CakeHomegrown squash and pumpkin went into a spicy Chocolate Chili Squash Cake from Carolyn of French Peach (Michigan, U.S.). Her garden was small this year, but she’s looking forward to expanding next summer.

Greedy Gourmet, Brussel Sprouts with ParmesanIn the UK, Michelle of Greedy Gourmet prepared a brussel sprouts dish that was simple and beautiful and enhanced with a sprinkling of Parmesan.

My Bit of Earth, Rosemary Orange TrufflesMidwestern winters can be very cold, so not much grows in the garden this time of year. Meryl of My Bit of Earth (Kansas, U.S.) still has a hardy rosemary plant that is hanging on, and she used the fragrant leaves to make Rosemary Orange Truffles!

Cooking from A to Z, Tender Potato BreadKaykat of Cooking from A to Z (Washington, U.S.), who is also a fellow Daring Baker, used her homegrown chives to add some extra flavor to the Tender Potato Bread we made for November. While you are there, check out the Pear and Pepper Chutney she made to go with it, which had some of her fresh mint.

Tastes Like Home, Baked White Beans with Tuna and SageIn Alaska, Laurie of Tastes Like Home grows her herbs in her bedroom using grow lights (make sure you check out the photo of her garden setup). She made a wonderful dish of baked white beans with tuna and sage.

From Our Home to Yours, Rosemary-Roasted PotatoesRoasted potatoes with rosemary is a classic dish, and Cris of From Our Home to Yours (Brazil) made hers with the rosemary from her garden, as well as basil, garlic, parsley, pepper flakes, and her secret ingredient, saffron.

A Scientist in the Kitchen, Turkey with Five Spice RubTurkey is expensive in the Philippines, so it’s not a common food there. Gay of A Scientist in the Kitchen wrote a post about cooking a turkey, which her father raises, in the traditional Pinoy style over an open fire and flavored with a Chinese five spice rub. Now that’s a Thanksgiving turkey I would like to try!

Curry in Kadai, Gongura PachadiKalva of Curry in Kadai (Florida, U.S.) accidentally grew sorrel in her yard (she thought she had bought amaranth seeds) and made Gongura Pachadi, a kind of spicy chutney using the sorrel and at least seven chilies along with other spices. This one has a kick!

Andrea's Recipes, Lavender Mint TeaAnd finally, from my own indoor winter herb garden (Virginia, U.S.), I combined my homegrown spearmint with dried culinary lavender from Blue Moon Lavender to make a comforting hot tea. Many thanks to all the bloggers who participated in November, and I can’t wait to see what we create in December!

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  1. leosatter says

    Maybe you can help me out with something…? I want to order all of my food online from now on because of various reasons, but I don’t know where to go for quality food. I have tried 2 companies so far, Fresh Dining, and and Celebrity Foods, but I wanna get others I can try out. Do you know of any? The main thing I’ve ordered so far is steak. I guess you can say, I’m a steak junkie. LOL!!! From what I have found out (from what I have ordered so far) I think I am able to regulate the quality of beef I buy. I hate going to a store and getting that crappy slab of beef that I have to cut down until there is like nothing left. Hahaha!!!! (its so true though) Anyhow, sorry that I made this comment so long. If you can help me out or point me in a direction where I might find more quality foods online, I would greatly appreciate it. Have a good day or night! (depending on when you read this) LOL!!!!

  2. says

    Bee, thanks! Glad you could participate!

    Leo, sorry I can’t help you on this one. I have absolutely no experience with companies that provide those services. I can say that a quick Google search with the text “order steak online” brings up a zillion hits, so obviously there is a demand for that type of service! Hope you find what you are looking for.

    Gay, I’m envious that you have a garden in December! :-)

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