I left it to that and went about my week-end activities, visiting friends on their allotment where I notice that some people grew Marigolds close to their vegetables. Could that be because they eat flowers too?
Herb flowers (basil, rosemary)
Aliums (leeks, chives, garlic)
Violas, (pansies and Johnny-jump-ups)
I was not going to be discouraged, this time round Chives flowers would do, my research provided me with another couple of tips:
- Pick flowers just before you are going to use them. Wash them quickly in cool water, shake them out and dry on a paper towel.
- Make sure that the flowers are organic or in other term have not been treated with pesticide which rules out almost all garden center flowers (not that I am advising anybody to go the garden center to scissor away their edible flowers)
It would be nice to see more recipes with edible flowers, they make a dish look rather special and surprise for the taste buds.
Caesar Salad with Chive flowers
- Good quality olive oil
- 1 tsp vinegar (balsamic or flavored)
- salt & pepper
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 1/2 juice of a lemon
- 1 egg
- chive flowers freshly cut and rinsed
- freshly made croutons
- Romain lettuce
- grated Parmesan
Wash the lettuce, spin dry, and cut small, wash the flowers and dry
Make the sauce by whisking all the top ingredients, if you are concerned about using a raw egg, cut it out of the recipe