Edible Flowers for your Vibrant garden

These edible flowers for your vibrant garden are flowers that you don’t want to miss planting and eating! Let’s take a look at a few that will make lovely additions to your garden and your plate!

Lavender –  oh sweet relaxing lavender, how I love you!

A little lavender goes a long way in any recipe. The flavour is quite strong so remember to use sparingly.  English lavender is the touted as the best for culinary uses. You should harvest your lavender right before the flowers fully open to get the essential oils while they are most potent.

Put a few dry buds in a sugar jar and use for baking. You can also chop a few of the fresh bud and bake with them by just adding them to the dough. Sprinkle a bit on a salad for a pretty garnish or use it to infuse lemonade or tea.

Check out Bon Appetit Recipe for shortbread here: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/lavender-shortbread-with-fruits-flowers-and-herbs

And genius kitchens recipe for herbs de Provence http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/herbes-de-provence-162668

Chive & garlic Blossoms This pretty, light purple, edible flower has a light onion flavor. Chive blossoms can be tossed in a salad or, more commonly, used to garnish a dish. garlic chives produce edible white flowers with a garlic flavor that is stronger than the leaf itself.

Hello epicurious…. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Goat-Cheese-Scalloped-Potatoes-with-Chive-Blossoms-103329

Food and Wine: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/baby-green-salad-with-chive-blossoms

Squash Blossoms

These are much more popular than I knew and quite versatile! Fried, baked or added to pasta, these blooms are delish! But remember, if you pick the blossom there will be no squash, so don’t pick them all!

Fried: This is one of the most popular ways to prepare squash blossoms. You just batter and fry them. You could even stuff them first with ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and/ or goat cheese, add your favorite herbs  like, basil, thyme or parsley and you will have yourself a side dish that is amazing! Try squeezing a little lemon and salt and pepper over them to finish them off.

Baked: If deep frying turns you off, or you just want to try something different, you could stuff the blossoms with cheese – savory or sweet – and then bake them in the oven. Steaming is another healthy option.  

https://www.thekitchn.com/try-this-recipe-3-cheese-stuffed-squash-blossoms-the-cheesemonger-175303

So there you have it! Edible flowers for your vibrant garden! Why not get started today?

 

An Apple a day!

MMM. nothing like ontario apples to make snacks, ciders, pies and even added into your mains. Apples are so diverse there are many recipes to try them in!
When baking with apples you want to stick with apples that will stand up to the heat in the kitchen. For the best results when baking with apples try Gala, Fuji, Cortland, golden delicious, granny smith or Northern spy apples.

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APPLE SQUASH SOUP
Instructions
  1. Cut you butternut squash in half. Remove seeds. Save seeds to plant for next year.
  2. Place cut side down in baking dish. Bake on 350 for 1 hour or until soft.
  3. While the squash is baking, you want to caramelize your onions. Add oil to cast iron frying pan, add onions, cook on medium heat for about a half hour. The onions will sweeten and get brown.
  4. Add squash, apples, onions, chicken stock, apple juice and spices to your slow cooker. and cook on low for a couple of hours. Blend well with a hand blender.
  5. Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt or cream. Chopped apples and candied walnuts also work well on top.
  6. Enjoy.
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