It's here, the first anniversary for Weekend Herb Blogging, which was created by the lovely Kalyn one year ago. What a success this event has been! And with it comes the chance to vote for my favorite herb. It wasn't hard to come up with my choice. I need only look at the herb I buy the most at the grocery store: Cilantro. I do grow some herbs--oregano, thyme, tarragon, and basil. But, cilantro has always been hard for me to grow here in the hot Central Valley weather. It bolts very quickly. So, every week I buy several bunches of cilantro (or coriander to some people). There's something so satisfying about picking up a bunch of cilantro, feeling the silky leaves, then putting them under my nose to inhale the unmistakable odor.
While I knew I would feature cilantro as my favorite herb, I was very conflicted about which recipe to use. I thought of making cilantro pesto or salsa. But, then I got sick and decided to make something soothing, healing and delicious. And this Asian styled soup with salmon and rice fit my requirements. I love the taste of cilantro paired with soy or fish sauce. This soup also contains ginger root which always makes me feel much better. Cilantro is a good source of folic acid and has a reputation for helping restore good health. To me, just eating a dish flavored with it makes me feel happy. And that's beneficial in itself.