Spices and Seasons – Chives


ChivesMost of us would agree that it has been an unusal spring, wet and cool and well not really all that springlike. However, all things has its advantages, it has been very lush and green all around us and the flowers seem to have lasted out their stay longer than other years. As for the herbs, if you have some around you they are growing in wild abundance, full of life and color. In fact, in the last week or so I have even started seeing loads of flowers on them. I personally have been enjoying all the color which has certainly added its touch of brightness inspite of the lack of sunshine.

Herbal flowers are not necesarily edible or even used in cooking (at least not in my kitchen), but they do serve a useful purpose, they carry the seeds that are needed to sprout the herbs for next year.

The delicate chive has a faint onion like taste and works in conjunction with other herbs and can be used to complement stronger herbs. I would not use it with stronger onions, like the red or yellow onion because I think it looses its delicate taste, however, in lieu of onions in simple dishes such as scrambled eggs like this recipe here, in fact, I often make somthing similar, except that I tend to use freshly grated parmasan instead of ricotta.

This weekend, I worked in a whole bunch of chives in a flavorful and quickfix recipe for tripple herb fishcakes, that used the chives, cilantro and some thyme. A simple and satisfying meal that would actually work very well with any kind of side salad. In fact, I did toss a quick radish salad that I will try and share with you next week, but, in the meantime if you want to go through in a fourth herb into the mixture try these cakes with my green chutney.

Here is to a green and colorful week, leading up to next Monday, which is of course memorial day. I look forward to hearing what you have planned for your table to welcome the first holiday of summer.





About Author

Rinku Bhattacharya, the Spices & Seasons blogger, loves meshing seasonal produce with fresh spices. Most of her recipes are inspired by her Indian heritage, and her cooking is practical, easy and well suited for a busy lifestyle on the go. As a mother with two young children, her recipes are also usually balanced and kid-friendly. Rinku is the author of the blog, Spice Chronicles (formerly,Cooking in Westchester), where she shares her life experiences and original recipes. Rinku is blessed with a gardener husband, who always surprises her with a prolific and fresh supply of produce to keep her creative instincts flowing. Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years. Rinku is the author of two cookbooks: The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles an award winning (Gourmand 2013) cookbook that highlights culture, memories and recipes from her childhood transformed where needed for her Lohud kitchen and Spices and Seasons that marries Indian flavors with local and seasonal produce. Rinku can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and is also a contributor for Zester Daily.

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