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    Posted: 06 May 2017 at 15:03


This has been a North American custom .. However, there are some National Food Holidays in the E.U. too.  For example,  March 27th is National Paella Day in Spain ..

HERE ARE SOME OF MAY´s   MOST INTERESTING NATIONAL FOOD DAYS ..


The 3rd of May through the 9th,  is Herb Week. 

Does anyone grow their own herbs ?  Which ones ? 

Sunday 7th:   Roast Leg of Lamb Day ..

Monday 8th:   Coconut Cream Pie ..

Tuesday 9th:    Butterscotch Brownies ..

Wednesday the 10th:   Shrimp ..

Friday the 12th:   Nutty Fudge ..

Monday the 15th:   Chocolate Chip Cookies ..  ( Note:  In Spain:  Oxtail )  ..

Tuesday the 16th:   Sea scallops ..

Saturday the 20th:     Quiche Lorraine ..


Does anyone celebrate these National Food Days ?  





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Here are the herbs I grew last year, and intend to grow again this year:

1. "German" Thyme - perennial
2. Rosemary - perennial
3. Genovese Basil - annual
4. Oregano - perennial
5. Summer Savory - annual
6. Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley - annual
7. Lavender - perennial
8. Dill - annual
9. Chives - perennial
10. Sage - perennial
11. Winter Savory - perennial
12. Melissa/Lemon Balm - perennial
13. Marjoram - perennial
14. French Tarragon - perennial

I would also like to start these growing these during this year:

Echinacea
German Chamomile

Saturday, 20 May: Quiche Lorraine - I'll do my best to participate; might even turn it into a pictorial!
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Ron,

This is amazing.  Do you grow all outdoors ? 

Question, what do you do with lavender ? 

It is an excellent herb for battling contagious diseases, and  epidemics ..  And of course, it is quite extraordinary in desserts too  !!  






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Hi, Margi -

Yes, I grew them all outdoors in our yard. I planted them in a row of cinder blocks, and they grow pretty well there. I have the most success with dill, and use that the most, but all of them grew at least a little bit, to varying degrees of success.

For the lavender, I was not so successful - it did grow, but not much. My intention was to use it to make some Herbes de Provence, but it didn't grow enough.
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Most perennial herbs do not start producing significantly until the second year, Ron. So you should do ok this season with the ones you have.

Echinacea---excluding all the hybrid coneflowers developed just for show---comes in five flavors. The most used, medicinally, is E. Augustifolia. Second most common is E. Purpurea. Seeds and plants are more commonly available for the Purpurea. All five species, however, have immune-inhancing properties. Both the leaves and flowers are used.

Lavender is, of course, the number one feel-good drug in the world, as it engenders an overall feeling of well being. Medicinally it is a mild sedative (useful for headaches and headache-induced insomnia), anti-depressant, and digestif. It's myriad other uses include deterring hair lice, and speeding the healing of burns, open sores, and infections.

It hasn't been used as a deterrent against epidemics since the days of the Black Plague.
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This coming weekend, is San Isidro and it is an Oxtail Crawl, at the oldest taverns in the historic neighborhoods of Madrid.   These bars date back to 1830 - 1920, and little has changed since.

So, Spain´s  National Oxtail Day is May 15th and this day pays homage to the Patron Saint, Isidore, or San Isidro in Spanish. 

We also have another national holiday to pay homage to San Fermin, of Navarre in July, where in, the Oxtail is the principle specialty served throughout the Navarre region on this day.

This is one thing, I really like, that Governments and Tourist Offices, have created National Food Days.  It is truly  a grand time for sybarites, gourmets,  home gourmets and lovers of the culinary arts. 

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Brook,

There have been some " challenging contagious diseases " hailing from many of the African Migrant Laborers as well as the un-vaccinated asylum seekers, refugees etcetra. entering:  France, Italy and Germany and Belgium. 

It is much more difficult to enter Spain, with a conservative right government.  They are stopped by Military Ships and brought to Centres for Medical Inspection Check Ups and tests and placed in Centres where they cannot leave the premises until they are released or sent back to their native countries.

Those that reside in the lavender growing villages, were not effected by the onslaught of a contagious disease which traversed the globe including Texas ..

There was a major incident in Texas, about 2 years ago.

Unfortunately at the moment I do not recall the name of the disease .. However, it seems from recollection that uncountable people had died of this " infectuous virus " ..   And many hospital workers died as well from coming into contact with this monstrocitiy.  

Do you recall ?  About 2 years ago.

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