Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Nature's Majesty

In this peaceful video, a white moth and several bees chow down on some beautiful looking garlic chives. It reminds me that I should get out to enjoy nature's majesty more often.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Naturally Nosey #3

Look what the classy Aimee Shiwal found while cleaning out her recipe book!

I like that they suggest that one not overlook chive flowers.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

To Your Health

We all know the culinary use of chives, but very seldom do we talk about the medicinal use of chives. Did you know that chives contain the following: Essential oils, vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamine, niacin, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, allicin, alliin, and trace diosgenin? Neither did I!

This wonder herb has been know to treat bloating, chest pain, angina, heart disease, upper back pain, buttock pain (hmmmm), dyspnea (???), and finally coughing. The next time I'm keeping my girlfriend awake with my incessant coughing I'm heading to the herb garden...screw the medicine cabinet.

It doesn't stop there folks. Chives may also aid in the veterinary care of your livestock. For instance, did you know that if your cow is constipated, a mixture of chives and bran mash will gently cleanse its stomachs?! For real!

For more information about what chives can mean for your health, point your browser to Earth Notes.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Naturally Nosey #2

My good friend, Los Angeles based artist, C. Michael Frey, submitted the following for our enjoyment. I think the fellow in this video proves once again that it doesn't pay to drink and chive!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

It's Only Natural

Tiki Chris is featuring a Halloween Skull Mask Project for his 31 Days of Halloween Madness. I submitted this piece. It's composed of chives, fennel, radishes, and corn.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Gordon Ramsey says 'You Can't Cook!!!'

Without chives, that is. Chef Gordon Ramsey demonstrates how to make the perfect batch of scrambled eggs. Pay close attention at the end when Chef Ramsey adds the chives. His words pretty much sum up the chive power punch:

"And we're gonna put a little touch of chives in there. And what that just lifts the whole flavor of the scrambled egg, and just makes it a little more sexy. " "...I like putting chives in there."

So do I, Chef Ramsey. So do I.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Naturally Nosey #1

Welcome to the first installment of Naturally Nosey. My devilish friend, Tiki Chris, submitted this excellent recipe for Deviled Eggs. Chris, a native of Chickamauga, Georgia, is always on the hunt for new and interesting things to do with chives and I attribute this to his southern roots. Now living in London, Chris can often be found wandering the city streets exploring the world of English chives. His insatiable curiosity is what makes Chris Naturally Nosey!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Someone Stole My Chives

A terrifying tale of chive thievery.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

One for the arCHIVE

Upon hearing that Yum Yum, a Chinese, Malaysian, and Thai “fusion” take away near King’s Cross offered a starter and main lunch combo for a mere £4.20, Londonist got the yen for some fried rice.

Our friend Tiki Chris wrote a very intriguing restaurant review for Londonist last month and he took this photo of their fried rice accented with a sprinkling of chives. Chris has certainly captured the razzle and the dazzle in the chive essence. Thank you Tiki Chris!!!

Photo by Tiki Chris ©

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Naturally Nosey

Hello chive lovers! It's time for reader participation. I am starting a series of posts titled 'Naturally Nosey,' which will essentially be a rumor mill. Just kidding! Although if you know or want to start a rumor about a fellow chive lover or create an urban myth about chives, then this is your chance. 'Naturally Nosey' will be a place for you to share your chive stories with the world.

Email me at with rumors, curiosities, or a good yarn regarding chives and I'll post it to the blog along with your name, telephone number and address (j/k!). This isn't a popularity contest, but the person who submits the best entry will get a special shout out and a crown. Oh, and this will by no means be a regularly scheduled post as I know the 10 of you who read this blog are very busy people.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Chicago and Chives

This evening, I am headed to the Windy City for a weekend of relaxation and culinary experimentation. In my pre-trip research, I discovered that Chicago and chives share much more than just 3 letters. Back in May, the Chicago Botanic Garden put the spotlight on chives with their recipe of the month...Chive Tartines with Smoked Salmon!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Fresh Spring Chives

A rather intense exploration of fresh spring chives.

These Are The Days Of Our Chives

Take Pride in Chives

"The first thing I ask new cooks to do is cut chives, to see if it’s something they take pride in," says Jason Knibb of Nine-Ten in La Jolla, California.

The above quote comes from an article in Food & Wine. It just goes to prove that when you take pride in your chives, you take pride in yourself.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

New Beginnings

Wow! Time has totally gotten away from me and I've completely neglected Chive Talk as a result. Sorry! We are knee deep in summer and it's time for an update. Nick has moved on to unlock history's great mysteries at Lapham's Quarterly, which debuts fall 2007. Bye Nick, you'll always be in our hearts.

Not much new on my end, but I did have a summer chock full of chives. I will report back soon with tales of Germany, beer, lunch, dinner, and friends.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Do you know what goes great with chives?

Jodie a tux...singing in French. C'est magnifique!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Monkey around with Chives!

Monkeys and herbs go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Chives are a particular favorite among most species of monkey and they (like any chive lover) enjoy picking their own herbs. The International Primate Protection League offers a variety of treats which you may purchase to be sent to primate sanctuaries worldwide. The Herb Seed Mat is a favorite of the folks here at Chive Talk. Why not make a monkey's day?

While you are at it, check out our friend Dave's new blog Hades Harmonix--it's where monkeys come to shine.