10
oct
2016

dill

Dill (Anethum graveolens) is an annual herb in the celery family Apiaceae. "Dill" is a Germanic word whose origin is unknown.

Fresh and dried dill leaves (sometimes called "dill weed" to distinguish it from dill seed) are widely used as herbs in Europe and central Asia.

Like caraway, the fernlike leaves of dill are aromatic and are used to flavor many foods such as gravlax (cured salmon) and other fish dishes, borscht and other soups, as well as pickles (where the dill flower is sometimes used). Dill is best when used fresh as it loses its flavor rapidly if dried; however, freeze-dried dill leaves retain their flavor relatively well for a few months.

Dill seed, having a flavor similar to caraway but also resembling that of fresh or dried dill weed, is used as a spice. Dill oil is extracted from the leaves, stems and seeds of the plant. The oil from the seeds is distilled and used in the manufacturing of soaps.

Dill is the eponymous ingredient in dill pickles: cucumbers preserved in salty brine and/or vinegar.

In central and eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Finland, dill is a popular culinary herb used in the kitchen along with parsley. Fresh, finely cut dill leaves are used as topping in soups, especially the hot red borsht and the cold borsht mixed with curds, kefir, yoghurt, or sour cream, which is served during hot summer weather and is called okroshka. It is also popular in summer to drink fermented milk (curds, kefir, yoghurt, or buttermilk) mixed with dill (and sometimes other herbs).

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Ribollita Tuscan bread soup with vegetables

Ingredients ( for 6 people):

  • Half a cabbage
  • 2 black cabages
  • spinach
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 long onion
  • 1 cellery stalk
  • ½ kg peeled tomatoes
  • 4 zuchini’s
  • 1 onion
  • parsley
  • ½ kg boiled white beans
  • piece of prosciutto with the bone
  • 2kg dry Tuscan bread
  • olive oil
  • thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 vegetable stalk

Boil the white beans in water for 2 hours. Chop the parsley, cellery, onion, and long onion and cook in a deep pan with olive oil with the piece of prosciutto with the bone....

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The finishing touch for a slap is traditionally a floral arrangement. But did you know that an amazing variety of flowers are not only ornamental but also have a great flavor?

Most of the flowers don't withstands high temperatures of cooking, so these or are incorporated at the last moment or used only as decoration.

The sunflower when mature, is covered with coarse hair and is inedible. The flower buds are very tender and edible. They can be steamed or even fries! Their flavor reminiscent of...

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Purslane

It's known as purslane - a plant that is a troublesome weed in many U.S. crops, especially vegetables. But recent research findings confirm that purslane is also a rich source of fatty acids, vitamin E, and other key nutrients - making it a prime candidate as a new vegetable crop. It is known for its persistence - it grows even in poor-quality soils with little water and resists disease...

In summary, purslane makes a nice addition to salads, soups and sautés. This is called versatility. Add...

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basil

Basil

Basil is an essential element in different cuisines.
Its leaves give a lively flavor to dishes and it's fine for sautéed dishes, salads or sauces.

Very widespread in European and Asian cuisine.
Basil was once used by farmers against colds, inhaling the aroma that was created by soaking the dried leaves in a bowl of boiling water.