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Dandelions are delightful, edible flowers! Their cheerful, yellow blossoms add a festive touch to any yard, bees love the pollen, plus the flowers and leaves are full of healthy vitamins and minerals. Enjoy a cup of Dandy Dandelion Tea to get started on your Dandelion culinary adventures!
UPON HEARING THAT THE TOPIC WAS EDIBLE FLOWERS, MY MIND WAS IMMEDIATELY DRAWN TO DAVID KINCH'S BEAUTIFUL FLORAL DISHES. HE HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO ME IN MY WORK, AND I ENJOY PARTICIPATING IN THE INTERSECTION OF ART AND TRULY EXCELLENT COOKING. ARTISTS AND CHEFS INSPIRE ONE ANOTHER THROUGHOUT THE AGES, AND THEIR COLLABORATIONS ARE BEAUTIFUL. THESE FLORAL DISHES ARE SO LOVELY, ONE CANNOT HELP BUT WANT TO DRAW THEM.
This illustration shows the recipe of sweet-scented osmanthus and taro porridge.
This porridge is my favorite hometown food. (Nanjing, China)
I ate this food every day with my mom after class. It makes me feel homesick.
I drew this terrine a while back and wasn’t quite happy with the result.....outside of the lovely tie dye that can only come from the saturated colour of beets bleeding into something light. Here it’s beets and goat cheese compressed into a terrine....just a sultry deep amethyst and golden amber veining into delicate, lily white goat cheese. I added a sprinkle of edible pansies full and lush on either side and some cute critters that might frequent such a succulent scene. Now, I feel it’s more complete.
Similar to my last entry, this one is central to one of my absolute favourite things: the appetizer. A little nosh, a small nibble, a tiny palate tease before things really get started at a meal.....however, appetizers are often my go to and the stand out. Why? Because you can have small bites of a bunch of different things! Just like tapas, variety is the spice of life ;) And edible pansies? Well, they just add to the fun. Xx
Edible Flowers Challenge.
My dog and I love to sit in our bay window where a honeysuckle vine brushes up against the screen. When we're lucky, a hummingbird comes and drinks from the flowers and, as a thank you, makes cute little "meep meep" noises. So, we got to thinking about the nectar and it seems that you can actually make iced tea from the flowers! Just be careful - the internet is full of cautions about using ONLY the flowers and verifying that no pesticides were used. Also, when possible, confirm that the variety is safe for consumption.
When I heard about the lates handpicked challenge that focused on edible flowers I knew I had to give it a try. This is my favourite salad that I eat almost daily, I know edible flowers would it make it that much more special. Something I'll have to try!
Ingredients: arugula, cherry tomatoes, feta, craisins, avocado, edible flowers
Dressing: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey
Goodness. Truly, I mean actual goodness is what I think of when I look at these pure, white as snow goat cheese pats. Simple, clean recipe too: soft, tangtastic goat cheese; chopped arugula; lots of fresh cracked pepper; drip, drop of clover honey; sprinkle of chili flake. Mix, mix. Form into palm-sized orbs and then scatter with beautiful edible flowers...whichever make you happiest. Serve with some nice toasties or crackers. Oh, and crisp white wine. Make for springtime parties always...or just to celebrate the first robin redbreast sighting, whiff of lilacs, or feeling of warm sunlight. Xx
Soothing lavender tea is a really pretty drink and has a very calming flavour. This is coffee free drink, that can be enjoyed at any time, and lavender is even said to relieve sleeping disorders. The illustration features some beautiful, hand painted lavender sprigs.
Edible Flower Challenge.
Roses are one of my husband's favorite flowers. I love their scent and believe that the petals taste equally delicious. It must be said, though, that my personality often gravitates more to the thorny aspect of roses!