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April 18, 2008


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Interesting indeed, the Greeks call marjoram, "Mantzourana".


Lovely, Simona. This is just the sort of light supper one dining alone would indulge in. Leeks, thyme and marjoram are an ideal trio enhancing the egg's delicacy.

Thank you for sharing this recipe for WHB!


Grazie per la cartolina di auguri, grazie grazie grazie :)


Wonderful-sounding meal. I didn't know there were different types of thyme -- like lemon and German thyme. Cool. How long does it take to grow?



Hi Simona, I too am a fairly new lover of thyme, I can't remember it being used a lot when I was growing up. It's one of my favorite herbs, besides basil of course (my first love). Your leeks with the poached egg sounds simple and so flavorful!


I used to plant thyme between the stones in my garden path. When you step on it, it releases a gorgeous scent. I like the lemon but the chocolate thyme was very unique :)

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Leeks with thyme and egg sounds just wonderful. I love thyme, just planted some today!


Oh, Simona, I love both thyme and marjoram! This is a beautiful, gentle dish for one.

And is 'poached egg' really 'egg in shirt'? It's such a lyrical language.


Jeremy Parzen

I am embarrassed to say that I only came across your excellent blog by chance today. Really impressive and a great read.


Buon lavoro, Jeremy


I've never heard about the connection between thyme and the thymus. Is there a common origin? Or they happen to have the same name in Italian?


Thanks Peter for the note: a very similar word, indeed.

You are welcome, Susan. It was certainly a delicious indulgence.

Prego, Baol.

Hi Paz. The lemon thyme is probably 9 months old and the German thyme 6 or so. In both cases I bought a small plant. When the plant is small, I harvest only small quantities. The lemon thyme is at a point where I could harvest some every day.

Thanks Marie. Basil is a little bit in a category of its own. But I like to add as many herbs as possible to my dishes: the results are always interesting.

Chocolate thyme, Maryann: that's a concept. I will look for it: it sounds like something I would love.

You have such a beautiful garden, Kalyn. I will follow its progress during the good season.

Hi Lucy. It sounds rather lyrical, I agree. Another example of a simple, yet so satisfying, dish.

Hi Jeremy and welcome to briciole. Thanks for your kind words. I am glad you found my blog and I am glad you like it.

Hi Ranyee. Good question. I found what looks to me like conflicting information regarding the origin of the words and decided not to venture an opinion. I will keep an eye open for a satisfactory explanation.


That sounds amazing! I'm adding leeks to my shopping list!


Le erbe aromatiche sono fondamentali in cucina, per dare carattere alle varie preparazioni.

Lori Lynn @ Taste With The Eyes

Right up my alley. I'll take a perfectly poached egg atop any vegetable!


Great Georgetta, I am sure you won't regret it.

Sono d'accordo, cara Lenny.

Agree, Lori Lynn. A perfect treat.


I like your invention! And your way of describing how you made it. And the photo!

I don't use marjoram enough. I must explore that.

Simona Carini

Thanks, Lisa. I like marjoram a lot. I am not sure how easy it is to find fresh marjoram in the stores.

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