Be inspired to make the most of fresh herbs this summer with these 4 easy recipes with fresh herbs, showcasing basil, tarragon, parsley, mint and more… Plus find the linky for #CookBlogShare Week 31.
How is it the end of July already? The months are really whizzing by at the moment! July has been a good month – lots of fun end of term stuff with the kids, the start of the summer holidays – including lots of cooking and baking fun, and best of all… my daughter’s cast finally came off – whoop whoop! (She actually only had it on for 5½ weeks but it felt like FOREVER!)
July has been a busy old month on my two blogs as well – mostly because I have been writing blog and scheduling blog posts like a mad thing, to make sure I have enough blog posts to last me over the summer – so I can take some time off this summer and hang out with my kiddos 😀
This month on Easy Peasy Foodie I’ve shared 2 pair of recipes… First up, my Easy Peasy Tzatziki – which makes a perfect partner for my Lamb, Feta and Mint burgers. And then, my Easy Homemade Chicken Stir Fry made with my Easy Homemade Stir Fry Sauce!
Over on Productive Blogging I’ve been sharing posts on…
- Project management for bloggers – the skill you didn’t know you needed!
- 11 benefits of attending a blogging conference
- How to avoid paying for unsubscribed contacts in Mailchimp
- How to edit a blog post (by an ex English teacher turned blogger) + CHECKLIST
Next week I am off on my hols (an epic road trip round Northern Europe – more about that in my next #CookBlogShare roundup) so things will be a bit quiet on my blogs in early August. But I’ll be back at the end of August. Hope you have a fab summer!
4 Easy Recipes with Fresh Herbs
I love fresh herbs and they are a big feature in my recipes. In fact, it’s rare to find an Easy Peasy Foodie Recipe that doesn’t include fresh herbs! I just think herbs are such an easy peasy way to add bags of flavour to food, without taking lots of time or effort. It’s amazing how just adding a small handful of herbs can really ‘lift’ a recipe and taking it from ‘OK’ to ‘amazing’.
I am a hopeless gardener, so my herbs come in ready cut bunches from the supermarket or greengrocers – but it is my ambition one day to grow my own herbs in my back garden!
This week’s recipes all showcase at least one herb – including basil, tarragon, parsley, mint and more… but they are all also fabulously quick and easy recipes – perfect for summer days when you don’t want to spend to much time in the kitchen!
Beetroot and Mint Vegan Sausage Rolls
First up is this delicious sounding recipe for Beetroot and Mint Vegan Sausage Rolls from Midge over at The Peachicks Bakery. These gorgeous giant sausage rolls are made using amazing rainbow beets from Midge’s allotment (I love reading Midge’s blog for her tales from her allotment!) – but if you aren’t quite as green fingered as Midge and her girls, they can also be made with those vac pack beets you can get from the supermarket! Mint and beetroot are such an amazing combination – you just know these vegan sausage rolls must taste amazing…and, as an added bonus, they can be made gluten free by using gluten free puff pastry.
Fattoush with Sumac Hummus
Next up we have this amazing looking Fattoush with Sumac Hummus from Choclette over on Tin and Thyme… well sort of. Actually this salad is actually from the new book Seriously Good Salads from Nicky Corbishley (also a blogger – you can find her at Kitchen Sanctuary) and this recipe is the one Choclette chose to feature in her review of Nicky’s book. Fattoush is a kind of chopped salad – Middle Eastern in origin. It includes tomatoes, cucumbers and other salad ingredients, but most importantly, warmed up stale flatbread and lots of fresh herbs. Nicky’s version features both parsley and mint and a big dollop of sumac hummus – sounds amazing!
Shrimp Thai Basil Stir-Fry
Our next herby recipe is this wonderful Shrimp Thai Basil Stir-Fry from Michelle at Flipped Out Food. This gorgeous dish is packed full of amazing flavours, including prawns (shrimp), peanuts, chillies, peppers and lots of Thai basil. Thai basil can be hard to find – Michelle recommends looking in an Asian grocery store for it, but if you can’t get hold of it, you can substitute with regular basil. This stir fry would be fab served with either jasmine or basmati rice and garnished with more peanuts, some fresh coriander (cilantro) and extra Thai basil!
Leftover Roast Pork Stroganoff
If you are a regular round here, you will know that I am a big fan of creative meals using Sunday roast leftovers (check out my ideas for leftover chicken, lamb, turkey and beef). So, this Leftover Roast Pork Stroganoff from Donna Dundas really caught my eye among the recipes linked up last week. This is such a great way to use up leftover roast pork – simply add to a delicious sauce, made with mushrooms, white wine, smoked paprika and soured cream, and serve with pasta, rice, potatoes or bread. And the herb here? Donna recommends garnishing her pork stroganoff with fresh tarragon – I think if I was making this recipe, I’d be tempted to stir a bit of tarragon into the sauce as well!
#CookBlogShare2019 Week 31
And so we come to this week’s linky. You can link up any foodie post that you have – both old and new posts are welcome. All you need to do is:
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions (maximum of 4, please).
- Add a link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it and link up too!) and / or add the #CookBlogShare badge to your post (you can find the code below).
- Comment on one of the host’s posts and a minimum of 2 other posts linked up here, and generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
If you wish, you can tweet a link to your recipe to me @easypeasyfoodie and also (if you have room on the tweet!) my co-hosts Jacqui @recipecrumbs and Monika @monikasecipes, using the #CookBlogShare hashtag and we will retweet them. You can also post your recipe on the Cook Blog Share Facebook Page.
Need some help on Instagram? You and me both…so let’s help each other! Whenever you post to Instagram, use the #CookBlogShare hashtag, then quickly hop over to the #CookBlogShare feed, liking as many as you can and commenting on any that particularly catch your eye. Not a big job at all, but if we all do it, it would make a BIG difference!!
I will comment on a selection of my favourite posts this week and pin them to the Cook Blog Share Pinterest Board. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been making!
Just to remind you, by joining in, you are giving the #CookBlogShare hosts permission to use your pictures in a round up and on social media, if your recipe is selected as one of our favourites!
The next #CookBlogShare will be hosted by Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy 🙂