Friday, March 31, 2006


For about twenty years I misspelled and mispronounced this plant as “chevril.” It just seemed likelier. This is not something I run into very frequently in my shopping and cooking, but chervil was the main seasoning in what may have been the most transcendent salad I ever consumed. The salad was made of baby beets of many colors in a chervil and citrus vinaigrette that I had on my pilgrimage to the Greens Restaurant in San Francisco.

I was very happy to pick up a little pot of chervil this week at the farmers’ market, because it is something I have wanted very much to try, and because I was just so excited to see all the fresh spring herbs I have been missing for so long, and because I love to come up with new ingredients for Weekend Herb Blogging. So far, I have just been snipping the leaves into salads, and sitting around grinning foolishly at the plant, which has doubled in size in just a few days. Gerard writes “Of Chervill”

Columella nameth it Choerephyllum, and it is thought to be so called, because it delights to grow with many leaves, or rather in that it causeth joy and gladnesse.

That is just exactly what it causeth around here.

Speaking of Greens, I will be visiting San Francisco, Davis, and Berkeley in May (two conferences: one food, one Yiddish). I would love to hear your suggestions about food-places and Yiddish-places not-to-be-missed, and would love even more to meet some of you in person.



Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

I don't think I've ever tasted this, and I've been very curious about it. My garden is barely starting to come out of the dormant stage. I do have a few little sprigs of herbs on some of my perennial plants.

I know at least two food bloggers live in Davis. Very fun if you could hook up with them.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Davis! When are you coming for a visit? I am traveling that month, but it would be wonderful to meet. Greens restaurant is one of my favorites, by the way.

12:35 AM  
Blogger Lemon Squirrel said...

Oh dear.

I've done the same thing as you did, Chocolate Lady.

It is only now that I realize the error of my ways. I will try to refer to "chevril" as "chervil" from now on!

10:17 AM  

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