April 18, 2007

Green Blog Project - Winter/Spring 2007 Roundup



The blogs turned green again, for the Green Blog Project Winter/Spring 2007! Just as the Farmer's Market was winding down for the year, I signed up for the Green Blog Project - Winter/Spring 2007. I told Inji, "I could use some green in this long white winter." And I was not disappointed. We have bloggers from several cold places in North America, and we also have bloggers from countries like New Zealand reminding us that summer is just an earth's rotation away!

Winter, needless to say, is an especially difficult growing season. So here's celebrating bloggers who braved all odds to grow a wonderfully diverse array of plants, and of course, the resilience of the plants themselves!

Green Blog Project was created by Inji of Ginger and Mango. See her roundup of Summer-1 here.

The roundup is broadly divided into two categories of vegetables and herbs:

Vegetables

Let's start with Jayshree of Spice and Curry. After she went back to India, she gave us a tour of her mother's kitchen garden which has papaya, banana, fresh cabbage, eggplants, and greens. It made me nostalgic for the kitchen garden I grew up with filled with seasonal vegetables like okra, cauliflower, and carrots. I remember plucking the fresh vegetables on misty wintry mornings when the soil was still soaked with dew. Thanks Jaya!

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With Spinach from her kitchen garden,

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she made some delicious Palak Paneer.


Taking advantage of the Indian winter, Jaya next tried her hand at a Bengali recipe.

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Using white radish from her garden,

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she made mulor chechki. Chechki is a term used to describe the specific manner in which vegetables are shredded. Thanks Jaya!


Pam of Project Foodie is an ex-Buffalonian living in California and someone who enjoys her Winter Garden, something she couldn't do in Buffalo.

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She grew snow peas and made


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a delicious stir-fry with the fresh vegetables and pork to go with cashew rice. Yummy!


Gini of Salt and Pepper has a thriving garden too. She is joining us for this round of GBP with two entries. I'm sure you will drool over the pictures as I did. She also has pictures of her vegetable patch with herbs and vegetables in her blog. Click here to enjoy it.

After thinking about this countless times,

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Gini took some fresh green tomatoes from her garden and

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made Fried Green Tomatoes right at home. How about a cup of hot chai/coffee with this savory appetizer?

Does anyone remember the trips to the local vegetable market when there is an ingredient missing from the dinner or lunch menu?

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Gini does and here, she has recreated a nostalgic meal

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- eggplant fry- after she grew her first eggplant. These pictures are an inspiration to get my vegetable garden ready, Gini!


Inji of Ginger and Mango, the creator of this event, stays true to her blog name. Did you ask if she tried growing a mango plant? She might just surprise us with mango in the future.

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But this time, she grew fresh ginger in a pot and

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made Sour Ginger (Pulinji) for this event.


Sailu of Sailu's Food can grow tomatoes in winter!

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She grew these beauties in pots (my kind of gardening!) and

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made fresh tomato kothmira pachadi to go with fluffy white idlis. You're right, Sailu. There's nothing like plucking fresh vegetables for cooking!



Jai and Bee of Jugalbandi went to a local nursery and got some zucchini saplings. Except they realized it wasn't zucchini.

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It turned out to be Banana Squash and they had a bountiful harvest, of 65 pounds! They recently finished their squash supply with some lovely recipes including

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this pumpkin and leek soup. What are you planting next, Jai?



Sher of What Did You Eat loves her vegetable patch. And you can see why.

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She has fava beans, tomatoes and lettuce growing in her garden.

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She made a scrumptious mixed green salad with boiled eggs and organic flowers. This delicious looking salad is also a healthy and filling lunch. Thanks Sher!


Roopa at My Chow Chow Bhath grew up eating basale (spinach) greens.

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She has a potted spinach plant in her home

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and makes fresh spinach raita with jaggery and methi seeds for GBP. That sounds delicious, Roopa.


I grew some carrots in my "potyard," as I call it.

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These fresh carrots made

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the carrot kheer prepared for Durga Puja extra sweet!



Herbs

Asha of Foodie's Hope loves springtime, even if it means allergies!

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She has a lovely garden which includes a herb patch where she grew Mint and Chives and then made some

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minty masoor dal with turnips. She also has radish growing in her garden. Is that for the next round of Green Blog Project, Asha :)?


While I was sloshing through snow and grumbling about sub-zero temps, folks in New Zealand were soaking up the sun! Arfi of HomemadeS, who lives in Tuakau, has a wonderful vegetable and herb patch.


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She treats it organically and has some useful tips in her post. Arfi planted coriander seeds and watched the plants grow. She wasn't in a hurry, unlike me. She waited till they flowered and then had seeds.

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She used the coriander seeds in her Fried Tempeh (Tempe Goreng) recipe. Super delicious!


Priya at Live to Cook had a great idea.

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She grew some pea shoots in the New England winter, a Chinese delicacy called dou miou, and

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made Pea Shoot Roti and Jowar Adai. She's left some stems in the soil which will yield some peas by the time summer comes around :)


Sheela at Delectable Victuals has a thriving garden where she grew about the same amount of squash as Jai and Bee. :)

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For GBP, she has highlighted her rosemary and chives

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and made rotini with fresh herbs and squash.


Sandeepa at Bong Mom's Cookbook has two herb delights.

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With her Holy Basil she brought from the temple, and which survived the winter,

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she made an ayurvedic brew for a bout of cold.

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With the other basil, she made Thai Red Curry for her first Bengali friend in the US. Sandeepa talks about her plants with the same passion she talks about her three-year-old and Bengali Cuisine :) Great job, Sandeepa!


Nupur of One Hot Stove tells us that she didn't have a green thumb. But I say she has!

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Look at that healthy green methi plant she has growing near her window.

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Using fresh methi, Nupur makes Carrot Methi Fry. Before you go, look at her Basil plant.

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She's getting ready for summer GBP!



Jyothsna at CurryBazar has made Pineapple Morukutan,


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spiced with curry leaves!. Jyothsna is proud of her curry plant which survives the harsh summer of Sharjah

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and also gives her the wonderful aroma of home.


Linda at Out of the Garden has been giving us sneak peeks of her methi plants.


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But when the cold weather hit again, the plants refused to grow anymore.

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So Linda promptly picked them up and fixed herself scrambled eggs with methi served over crispy papad. Scrumptious scrambled eggs!



Sarina at TriniGourmet has a thriving herb patch in Trinidad,

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where she grows chives, basils and other herbs.

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She made Vegetable Curry in a Hurry with these fresh herbs. I bet it was gone in no time.


Deepz at Letz Cook was worried when she left her plants at home to travel to India.

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She came back to find healthy, thriving plants, especially her curry plant.

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Using fresh leaves from the curry plant, she made spicy and delicious curry leaf powder. If only I can get my hands on that delicious looking curry powder!


Reena at Spices of Kerala has lots of plans for summer gardening.


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For now, she chose to highlight the rosemary plant in her herb garden, which is a "jungle" in her own words.

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Her entry, Sambar with Rosemary , looks delicious.




I grew garlic greens and made some fresh pasta with garlic greens and artichokes.

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It was delicious and brightened the cold, short days of peak January winter.

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Emboldened, I threw in some cilantro seeds and had a cilantro plant. Along with cayenne pepper from my chilli plant, I made green cayenne pepper and cilantro dressing for a quick salad.



Update - Anita at A Mad Tea Party wanted to participate in Green Blog Project, but missed the deadline. But her Mint Walnut Chutney looked so delicious, I had to include it in the roundup.


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Her potted mint plants are happy that the sun is up in Delhi.

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Using fresh mint Anita made yummy chutney. She also uses mint for fresh salads, eggs and refreshing jal jeera. Cold, spicy jal jeera on hot summer days, I remember those days!



Now let's head over to Deepz at Letz Cook for the next round of Green Blog Project - Summer 2007 (applause)! It's time to plant those tomato, pepper, eggplant seeds, and much, much more.
It was great fun hosting this edition of the Green Blog Project. I learned a lot about gardening and plants, and truth be told, wouldn't have persevered with my efforts at winter gardening without this wonderful community of food bloggers for support.
Thank you all for participating!

35 comments:

  1. What a turn out of fabulous gardeners! And you did such a wonderful Roundup! Thank you so much for hosting this. Well done! (Applause!)

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  2. Thanks Mandira for a fabulous round up and hosting this fun event. Great turnout.

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  3. oh my god, mandira ..this post is absolutely wonderful, full of greens, surprises and absolutely refreshing !!! I gotta bookmark this page, lots for me to read here, thanks for sharing :)
    p/s: to answer the question to my peanut soup post, you could use chicken and turkey, hope you like it, cheers !:)

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  4. Wow, what a lot of gardeners you've got there...such an inspiration for people like me, who are yet to tread on that path...you've done a great job with t5he roundup...

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  5. What a great round-up, Mandira! I am inspired to run and plant more stuff now :) I just put up a "wanted: curry leaf tree" on Craigslist :)

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  6. Wonderful to see those plants and the dishes Mandira! You did a great job!!Thank you:))

    No darling M!I will grow whole bunch of new veggies for Summer GBP and no allergies either in Summer!!!YAY!!!;D

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  7. Lovely Roundup Mandira. Loved the way you shared tid-bits on each entry.
    Great Work

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  8. Mandira, I love love you. I am beaming here.! What a nice round up! You took so much time in putting this together. Thank you so much dear. Will put a post on mine too.

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  9. beautiful round up!
    was fun and inspiring going thru it.
    thanks

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  10. WOW! I am all inspired now !

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  11. Hi Mandira. Sure count me in! Actually I had planned to then just got lazy and the deadline slipped...! I'll add the link from the post. Thanks. :-)

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  12. What an amazing group of gardeners and cooks! The round-up was wonderful - Thanks Mandira. Can't wait for the summer garden to start producing...

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  13. Hey Mandira
    You did a great job. I missed it.. It 's was kind of impossible for me to grow in my apt with running around toddler:D.

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  14. Gr8 roundup Mandira. I am surprised that there are so many winter gardeners around. Thanks for mentioning abt me hosting the next event. Also its Summer 2007 and not 2008 :)

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  15. What a great round-up. Thank you for hosting this GBP...what a great bunch of gardeners we have amidst us!

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  16. Great roundup. Loved watching all those wonderful gardens out there.

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  17. what a fabuolous roundup, mandira. thank you for all this effort. how did you grow your carrots? from seed?

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  18. Hi mandira,

    Thanks for hosting mine too!
    It is greatly inspiring to see so many green roots around.

    Wonderfull roundup!

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  19. what a lovely round up , wish I could have participated but it was too late by the time I came to know about this. anyways happy to see such lovely greens.

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  20. Thank you everyone for your thoughtful and encouraging words. :) It was fun to host Green Blog Project. I learnt a lot about the veggies and growing seasons. Now, it's time to put the gardening hats for summer!

    Thanks Melting Wok, will try the soup with chicken.

    Asha - I'm keeping my eye on your garden patch :)

    Inji - Thanks dear. It was a lot of fun hosting GBP.

    Thanks Anita, will add the mint walnut chutney in the round up.

    Deepz - it was a great turnout for the winter blogging. 2008 :) I'm ahead of myself. Will change that to 2007. Thanks.

    Bee - I grew carrots from seeds. Am trying it again this year.

    Roopa - thanks for sending your entry.

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  21. Amazing Round up...I am a regular visitor of your blog,wonderful posts.Great effort.
    would love to participate the coming project.Can trees be included?Mangoes???Lime,jack fruit and all...or is it for just seasonal herbs?
    Thanx for visiting my blog..You are most welcome,thanx for the encouraging PRECIOUS words...

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  22. Awesome round up, Mandira and thanks so much for hosting the event.

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  23. Priya7:15 PM

    Hi Mandira,

    Wonderful Round up. I am very happy to see other winter gardeners.

    Regards,
    Priya.

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  24. Lovely roundup Mandira! Have book marked to try some recipes now that summer is coming up.. and the availability of all the fresh veggies and herbs!

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  25. what are u saying? I have it as Ahaar only? hehehe

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  26. A great round up and enjoyed reading your addition to the entries.

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  27. shilpa(aayisrecipes)9:03 PM

    What a great roundup. Now I am also feeling like growing some vegetables.

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  28. beautiful, beautiful round up mandira!!! its just pleasure to watch all those greens growing... very well done!!!

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  29. Mandira, This was indeed an fruitful roundup. I admire all those gardeners who managed to get the greens growing. You have done a great job buddy.

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  30. i really admire the patience of all these winter gardeners! u did a wonderful job, mandira.

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  31. Bharathy - thanks. I'm sure you can highlight your plants. Deepz at http://letzcook.blogspot.com is hosting the summer GBP. She can give you more tips and ideas.

    Sailu, Priya - Thanks for participating in winter GBP. I loved your entries!

    Latha - thanks. Do try the recipes with fresh veggies and herbs :)

    Inji - LOL!

    Gini - thanks for your fabulous entries. I'm craving green tomato fries and am waiting for my plants to grow!

    Thanks Shilpa. Summer is a great time for growing those wonderful veggies and herbs. Do let me know if you need any information.

    Thanks SC. It was a great turnout.

    Seema - thanks. The roundup speaks of the resilience of the bloggers and the plants themselves.

    Shaheen - thanks. Like Inji, I was beaming while doing the roundup! It was a great event.

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  32. You did a great job....

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  33. Hi Mandira,

    It's obvious you put alot of time and effort into your roundup, and it looks just beautiful! I can't wait to start trying all the goodies. Thanks for your hard work :)

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  34. Thanks Chinni!

    Thanks for participating Linda. It's wonderful to have so much greenery on my blog ;) I'm all inspired for summer now.

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  35. Lovely round-up, all that greenery has made your blog sooo pretty!

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