Grow Your Own Round-up #10

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Grow Your Own logo, green leafThanks to everyone who joined us this month! We had 19 participants from seven countries, and we cooked with our homegrown thyme, onions, garlic, chickens, asparagus, parsley, basil, chives, arugula, mint, Swiss chard, ransoms, tomatoes, pandan, oregano, rosemary, strawberries, cilantro, black-eyed peas, and lemon balm.

Grow Your Own #11 has begun! If you are new to Grow Your Own, visit the Grow Your Own page to learn more about the event. Deadline for entries is the 28th of every month and I post a round-up a few days later, on or around the 1st of each month.

And now for the round-up! Click the images to visit the posts.

Goat Cheese and Onion Pizza

Christi of In Search of Self (Texas, United States) added some of their freshly grown thyme to this caramelized onion and goat cheese pizza. I think she delivers, but you’ll have to call to make sure! 😉

Chez Us - Peas in a Pod

Denise of Chez Us (California, United States) sauteed fresh sweet English peas with some beautiful French thyme from her garden and made a simple and tasty dish. Lenny missed out, but I’m sure he can coax her to make them again!

Feed Yourself - Arugula & Golden Beet Salad

Using the fresh arugula and chives from her garden, Victoria of Feed Yourself (Washington, United States) made a beautiful salad with golden beets, onion, and feta. Don’t you love the color?

In Ohio (United States), Denise of Time to Cook created an Asparagus-Mint Frittata (no photo available) using the fresh asparagus, parsley, and mint from her garden and free-range eggs from her neighbors. How can I get some neighbors like that? Hmmm.

Finny Knits - Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Chard and Sausage

Jessica of Finny Knits (California, United States) made a tasty pasta with sausage and chard cooked up with her homegrown tomatoes that she canned herself! Quite the frontier woman!

Vanielje Kitchen - Potato Salad with Asparagus and Wild Garlic

I keep hoping I’ll stumble over a treasure trove of wild garlic (ransoms) like Inge of Vanielje Kitchen (Somerset, England), but it hasn’t happened yet. She turned her find into a lovely salad with bashed tomatoes and fresh asparagus, as well as several other dishes.

Austin Agrodolce - Quick Green Tomato Pickles

When Mother Nature took her toll on the tomatoes, Deborah of Austin Agrodolce (Texas, United States) turned the little green gems into pickles! Her recipe is quick and easy, always a winner in my book.

Heart and Hearth - Pasta Fasta

Ning of Heart and Hearth (Manila, Philippines) whipped up a meal in a jiffy for her family. She made a simple pasta dish with anchovies, salsa, fresh vegetables, and basil from her balcony garden. Now that’s a quick and tasty meal for a weeknight dinner.

Noob Cook - Green Bean Soup

I always learn something new when I read the Grow Your Own posts, which I think is part of the fun, and this time I learned that bean soup can be dessert! Wiffy of Noob Cook (Singapore) made an elegant green been soup with mung beans, gingko, sago, and her homegrown pandan leaves.

A Scientist in the Kitchen - Chicken, five spice, and more

Gay of A Scientist in the Kitchen (Philippines) felt inspired by Adam and Pim and used one of the chickens they raise themselves to make a five-spice chicken with lemongrass and and crushed pepper. Simple and gorgeous!

Living in the Kitchen with Puppies - Herb Focaccia

It’s still cool in Ontario, Canada where Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies is growing her garden. Though peppers and other garden treats are still a few months off, she can still harvest her herbs, so she made a big herb focaccia onions using her homegrown oregano, thyme, chives and rosemary.

The Purloined Letter - Drying Up

Drying herbs is a great way to preserve them, and Hannah of The Purloined Letter (Maryland, United States) dried her homegrown lemon balm, spearmint, and peppermint in a dehydrator, then stored them in a jar as an herb mix for winter tea. She’s also growing her own stevia, a great plant for sweetening tea.

Gopher Meets Bruin - Strawberries

Erica of Gopher Meets Bruin (California, United States) made a delicious strawberry shortcake using her homegrown strawberries as well as raspberry preserves homegrown by her father-in-law, puff pastry, and cream.

Live Love Laugh Eat - Southwestern Potato Salad

Kim of Live Love Laugh Eat (Virginia, United States) was lucky enough to see Bobby Flay do a cooking demonstration back in March and got an autographed copy of one of his books! She made a Southwest potato salad from it using her homegrown green onions, red onions, and cilantro.

Life's Too Short for Mediocre Chocolate - Lemon Cookies

AS of Life’s Too Short for Mediocre Chocolate (California, United States) made these snappy lemon ginger cookies that look delicious, and she even made an extra batch for someone who was feeling under the weather. Now that’s a good friend for you!

From Our Home to Yours - Black Eyed Peas with Rice

When she visits the family farm, Cris of From Our Home to Yours (Brazil) always receives a gift of homegrown black eyed peas from one of the women who works there. Cris learned how to make a northern Brazil dish called baiao-de-dois, which has rice, chorizo, cilantro, and of course the peas!

White on Rice Couple - Stuffed Pork

Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple (California, United States) took us on a tour of their beautiful edible garden and shared a tasty BBQ pork loin stuffed with Swiss chard from their garden. A tasty end to a fun post!

Andrea's Recipes - Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Herb Crepes

I (Virginia/DC Metro, United States) put our indoor basil and parsley to good use in some herb crepes which we served with a ricotta spinach filling and a spicy homemade pasta sauce.

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  1. says

    The roundup is really global and I like the light summery take on everything. The dehydrator looks quite good, I am just looking one up on the net. Quite pricey over here (in Somerset (not Kent) which is the west country of King Arthur and Guinevere fame), but I think well worth it. I didn’t think of drying teas, but how brilliant. Also congrats to Gay for doing the whole chicken thing! Well done

  2. says

    Thanks everyone! I love doing the round-up every month, there’s always so much variety!

    Inge, I fixed it so you live in Somerset now! 😉

    Ina, that’s a full post in itself, but here’s the quick version: buy basil seeds, buy a loose potting soil and some peat moss, mix it up and pour into a seeding tray, scatter the seeds around and just barely cover with more soil. Set under a grow light (promotes faster germination and growing). Once the seedlings are a 2 inches tall transfer to a larger growing space, perhaps disposable cups or peat containers. Once they’ve gotten 3 or 4 inches tall you can transplant them to a small pot, about 8 inches. Grow near a window that faces south or west because basil likes lots of sun. Keep them watered. Like I said, that’s the short method, but I’ll try to post about it in more detail sometime.

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