The first signs of spring are here in LA: bulbs emerging from their winter’s sleep, the verdant green of the farmer’s market is expanding with fresh green garlic and green peas, fruit trees are flowering; but don’t blink, you may miss these first signs of spring which pass so quickly in this warm southern climate. Spring always arrives, no matter how harsh and unpredictable the winter prior has been. Cream of Celery Soup with Rice is built on all ingredients green, a Bijouxs to enjoy until spring arrives. Continue reading Cream of Celery Soup with Rice
Lovage (Levisticum officinale) – if you don’t have it in your herb garden – plant it. Pretty saucy statement I know, but lovage is truly a Bijouxs. It is a large, vigorous (perennial) herb with celery-like leaves that harbor an intense celery-ansie flavor. Uses? Endless – think celery squared.
One way in which I like to use lovage is in this delicate, and fresh soup from Fifteen Minutes Meals. I have intensified the celery flavor with my addition of fresh lovage. Continue reading Celery, Lovage and Almond Soup