Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Edible Flowers

Our County has an annual youth fair.    It's where our 4H kids can strut their stuff.   Where they can show the animals that they've been nurturing for the last year, where they can show their expertise in baking or canning, where they can show their cleverness in woodworking.

But the Fair is for adults as well.    There are Open Classes where farm (and city) wives can enter their baked goods and canned goods and plants and flower arrangements and quilts and get ribbons (and money prizes!)

I've never entered because I need understood how -- but I will next year!    

This year, however, my participation was in doing two classes on edible flowers.   For the last 20 years, I've candied my pansies.     I put them in a tin and throughout the winter, they decorate cakes and cupcakes.    This year, I also candied rose petals and lavender blossoms.     All for the classes at the fair.

Attendance was great both at the afternoon class and the evening class.    And each class ended with a sampling!

The refreshment table

Pyramids of cupcakes (baked not by me but by the Starlight FCE) and a tray of "flower" sandwiches (which were made by me)

Herbal tea sandwiches

Party rye bread, spread with softened cream cheese mixed with garden chives and herbal cuttings and flowers so that each sandwich looked like a botanical print in miniature.

The ladies of the Starlight Club brought cupcakes to which we added candied flowers.

A candied lavender flower is a perfect cupcake decoration

Like this cupcake topped with a candied lavender flower.    I think it looks like snow has fallen on the lavender flower.

Candied pansies make one think of spring

And these cupcakes topped with candied pansies and violas.     We used a lot of my petals but I still have enough for my own winter supply.

It was a fun class.    Good participation and hopefully, someone learned something new about flowers that are edible.

I know that in my research that I did -- did you know you could eat tulips?     It was recommended that after removing the pistils, that you fill the tulips with chicken salad.    I think that would be an interesting place for a ladies lunch.     Next spring, perhaps, at Linderhof?

It was a hot pink table and so I'm joining Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturday.


Aledia said...

They sound as wonderful as they look, so pretty! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!!

Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Chubskulit Rose said...

Lovely! Happy Pink Saturday and have a nice weekend.


Betty Stapleton said...

As always, looks great and I'm sure they taste that way. I will have to try making them. Thank you for sharing...

racheld said...

I know about tulipes, and learned to make chocolate ones from Marsha Adams, but chicken salad would think it's died and gone to Heaven.

Who would have ever thought of THAT? The candied flowers are just exquisite, and that lavender---makes me want to go out right now, at 2:30 a.m., and grab a few stems, just for the scent and the beauty of it.


La Table De Nana said...

I cannot believe I forgot to candy lavender :( and you told me!:)

Pondside said...

Whenever I read about our candied flowers I think 'I meant to do that!'

Carol at Serendipity said...

I love to use edible flowers. I am taking potato salad to a lobster bake tonight and will garnish it with nasturtiums.


Beth said...

Hi Martha, You are the consummate homemaker! You give your food and your tables such a special touch. You make tea at 3:30 a special event, even if it is just the two of you. I really admire you, and I find your writing style quite interesting. You can take an average day at home and tell what you did and make it interesting!

Rosemary said...

Such fun! Edible flowers are near and dear to my heart. Growing up, I would help my mother make rose petal sandwiches, and I have never stopped making them!

Sue/the view from great island said...

It was fun to read this, I just made an edible flower salad the other day...
And I've been trying to master the art of sugaring flowers but that hasn't gone so smoothly. I wish I could have taken the class!

Bernideen said...

I love learning about edible flowers - your contribution was wonderful!

On Crooked Creek said...

What a lovely table presentation!!! I'm sure the ladies were blessed and found your demonstration delightfully informative! NOW...get some entries and show us your ribbons!!!

EJ said...

So pretty and delightful! Visiting from Pink Saturday.

Pink Slushy Magic, come and see.

I am your newest follower.

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Daylilies are edible as well, Martha. They also make a nice cup for salad or placed in a champagne flute filled with ice cream or sorbet and topped with chocolate or fresh fruit.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a great offering at your fair. Yummy and pretty.

Taste the Rainbow said...

I love dill especially. Yum. :)

Ben said...

This is lovely, Martha! It's a real revelation the first time people get to experience edible flowers. Talk about opening up new vistas!


Denise said...

Hi Martha,

These look so pretty! I took an herb class several years ago from a teacher at our local Technical College. The class was very interesting; we made a geranium cake, rosemary focaccia, herb dip, and dried flower tansies. Unfortunately, our local Technical College no longer even offers cooking classes. When the economy's bad, all that stuff gets cut from the school budget. :(

I don't always comment, but I really enjoy reading your blog. You're very talented in the kitchen and garden, and your home seems so inviting.

Thanks for your visit and kind comments on my recent post. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Denise at Forest Manor

RobinfromCA said...

Everything is so pretty! I love the frosted look of the flowers - a little spring with a little winter mixed in. Just lovely.