When Iris Huebler came to see me last year, she casually dropped in at the end of our session that she would be interested in developing something with me about growing and using edible flowers. You may have noticed that I use edible flowers a lot in the food I prepare so it seemed like a good idea to me to be able to share some ideas to get people to incorporate more of what is, essentially, a free food into their way of eating. Fast forward almost ten months and we have launched Blossom, the wonderful world of edible flowers – which starts at the end of the month.
Iris is an authority on raw food garden planning – and has a nine hectare lifestyle property in New Zealand where she grows pretty much everything she can. I did wonder how it might be developing a programme with someone who lives in New Zealand, but the interweb is a wonderful thing.
There have been many times where I have chatted to Iris at either ends of the clock – and at one point with the time difference she was 13 hours ahead of GMT.. whilst my web fairy is 5 hours behind me.. it made for some interesting late afternoon/night/morning conversations.
Blossom is happening from Friday 26th June to Friday 24th July over four weeks. Iris will be leading you through how to choose, grow and gather edible flowers for your outside space and I will be showing you a little of what you can do with them in raw plant based culinary terms.
Of course I had to rope in the delightful Dawn Langley to take some photos of what I was creating for you. Dawn and I worked over several sessions to make the food and take the photographs.. we had a few laughs along the way. We always do.
Here’s a sneak preview of some of what you can expect over the coming weeks from Blossom Culinary (Iris will be providing her own materials on Blossom: Growing and Gathering).
The programme uses a variety of raw food culinary techniques including making sweet pastry, fermenting tree nuts cheeses, making vinegars and pestos, dehydrating, making soup and more….
You can find out more here:
If you are concerned that you cannot use the edible flowers I’ve used, I have also included some suggestions about what you can substitute in their place.
If you have any questions about the programme, please do email me firstname.lastname@example.org