Valentines Day marks our one year anniversary of moving into our current house. We fell in love with this house as soon as we saw it, a vintage rose garden in front, and a cute back yard with established grape vines and plenty of dirt to grow a modest garden.
At some point last Spring, I noticed growing in between the Parsley and the Cilantro another kind of herb that looked a little like a cross between the two. I seriously thought for a moment that the two herbs cross bred and I invented a new herb! Yes, I can be naive.
I scoured the internet, the grocery stores, cook books, I even stumped my Mom who knows EVERYTHING about gardening and herbs, we could not figure out what this stuff was.
To taste, it has a slight licorice or anise flavor, and it does remind me a bit of parsley. I have used it in numerous recipes, I love it sprinkled in with a salad, I added it to my Cheesy Herbed Popovers, and it’s great with roasted potatoes.
Finally, today I was browsing my favorite blogs in my Reader, and there it was, “Do you Buy Chervil?” on Yum Sugar. I knew instantly that it was my mystery herb! Apparently Chervil is commonly used in French cuisine, and it is also sometimes called “cicily”.
Now that I know what it is, I can't wait to learn more and find new ways to use it. If you have used chervil, please tell me how you use it and send me your favorite recipes!