Friday, November 8, 2013

Edible Flowers...

I know it seems funny to be talking about flowers when Winter is on our doorstep; but that's just what we did last night at Red Stick Spice Company in Baton Rouge.  I had been eager to visit for a while now but with my own shop - it's just been near impossible to stop and visit.  This week, however, they had an after hours talk about adding flowers to food.  And since I'm moving in a more plant-based direction, I was on board!

everything is munchable on this wall

Not only did we get to sample flower infused tea and a salad with fresh pansies - we learned to sugar flowers -- with a finale of cupcakes topped with violas!

sugaring flowers

too pretty to eat - but I did.

Probably not the healthiest way to get your greens - but trust me, no one was complaining.  I also, learned that day lilies are edible - great news because we have so many in the yard come Summer.  Also, it encouraged me to give Nasturtiums another go - mine always seem to fizzle out - even though they say full sun, I think full-on Southern sun is just too much.  C and I each received a potted viola - my first time growing these guys - so we'll see how these typical Winter plants like our humid and warm Winters down here. - they do make the daintiest additions to every dish.

Of course, before we made the journey back home, we had to snap up a few goodies.  I picked this Sweet Pecan Rub...smells amazing!  I'm sure it's going to be fantastic on steak or pork, but I want to give it a try on sweet potatoes.   C and I both picked a holiday tea - because we just won't share...Gingerbread for me and Christmas for her.

It was definitely worth the trip to Baton Rouge and I hope to return more often - hopefully ready with some new recipes!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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