The Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan is our host for this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging and I thought I'd take a closer look at micro herbs and in particular, Chervil.
Micro Herbs are just "young" versions of herbs, probably no more than a couple of weeks old - they are sold as living specimens.
Chervil, also known as Cicely or Sweet Cicely, has a subtle anise flavour and is a member of the parsley family. It's best used fresh as it's delicate nature is destroyed by long cooking and high heat.
I'll be using Chervil in the recipe I'm making today to flavour fresh goat's curd - I find that when combined with dairy this provides a good base to extend the flavour.
Keeping with the "baby" theme I'll also be using Yellow and Red Baby Roma Tomatoes
which I have slow-roasted in a similar manner to this previous recipe but have omitted the thyme and garlic.
These two components are then used to stuff thin ribbons of grilled zucchini which I've turned into finger food.
Grilled Zucchini Ribbons filled with Chervil Goat Cheese and Tomato
Holy Goat Fromage Frais or your favourite soft goats milk curd
Red and Yellow Baby Roma Tomatoes
Make the Slow Roasted Baby Roma Tomatoes:
Slice the baby Roma tomatoes in half and place in a bowl - drizzle with a little olive oil and mix well. Turn out onto a lined baking tray and arrange cut side up - season with freshly ground salt and pepper.
Bake in a preheated 140°C/275F oven for about two hours - you only want them to be semi dried and still retaining a little moisture.
Make the Grilled Zucchini Ribbons:
Top and tail the zucchini.
Using a swivel peeler, slice lengthways into long, thin ribbons. Very lightly brush the ribbons with olive oil.
Cook, oiled side down on a heated grill pan. Turn and briefly sear the other side. Place grilled ribbons on a cake rack to cool.
Make the Chervil Goats Curd:
This is done to taste - roughly chop the chervil leaves and then stir though the goats curd.
Assemble the Rolls:
Lay a ribbon down on a board and then spread the chervil goats curd over half the ribbon. Place a tomato on one end and then roll.
Repeat with the remaining ribbons.
These are best assembled just before serving but the components can all be made ahead of time.
Quadratini with Micro Herb Soup
Slow roasted Baby Roma Tomatoes
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