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Chelsea flower show emphasizes thrill of fresh blooms as food

by webdev

May 23, 2013

Chelsea flower show emphasizes thrill of fresh blooms as food

This year, the fabulous Chelsea Flower Show runs in the U.K. from May 21 through the 25, and aside from taking in the gorgeous floral arrangements and stunning hybrid blossoms, some fans were more interested in seeing which flowers they could eat. That's right; this year's show featured some treats that were a part of the theme. 

High class flower dishes

According to The Guardian, the Tom Aikens Restaurant positioned quite closely to the popular Chelsea show, has long served delicious "Lunch in Bloom" entrees made with enticing ingredients like edible violets, marigolds, roses and elderflowers. Though some may assume chef Aikens might be turning to flowers simply because of the flower show being in town, but he confesses he loves using fresh blooms on a regularly basis thanks to their natural sweetness and scents. 

"Flowers complement dishes in the same way that herbs and spices do," Aikens shared with the publication. "In savory dishes, flowers from herbs like rosemary and thyme, which have a short season, add a unique and distinct flavor while, in desserts, roses, lavender and hibiscus all add a subtle, sweet and slightly scented flavor - which works well."

Though Aikens might be getting more creative with flowers in food, the idea of consuming fresh treats from the ground has been around since the beginning of mankind. 

Photo credit: Food Network
Recipe: Victorian Rose Geranium Cake
by Annne Burell for Food Nework Magazine.
Geranium cake

Flower recipe to try - Rose Scented Geranium Bread:

In the spirit of the Chelsea Flower Show, it might be fun to try making your own meal using these beautiful and delicious blooms. Food.com suggests inviting the kids to the kitchen to help make rose-scented geranium bread. For this mouth-watering bread you'll need:
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup plain applesauce
1/2 cup finely chopped dried rose-scented geranium leaves
1/4 cup milk
1 cup ground almonds.

Begin by preheating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, combine all dry ingredients together. In a second bowl, combine all wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Add the wet bowl into the dry mixture and blend all items together until the batter is smooth. Finally, pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes. Let the bread cool on a rack for about 20 minutes before digging in with some butter or jam.

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