Remember Julia? Eat Pray Love?
And the word Farniente?
I have trouble with that.. but once in a while..I can..and love~
After all the grooming is done..
to just enjoy..
Pick a small bouquet ..of Rhodies..Baptisia..Nepeta Catmint..etc..
I love this old fashioned rose..a small hint of pink..so pretty..and floriferous..It would make a fabulous hedge rose..I have 2 large bushes..one in front by the road..and one in back in another bed..No protection needed in my cold climate..That is a big PLUS.
I let it dry off in the sun and picked it..
From the book..Cooking with Flowers~
This is a dear dear book..With a funny story attached to it..
I have always loved to use my flowers in baking..cooking.
I saw it on Amazon..from a reseller..I had just had a marvelous experience w/ a reseller thanks to a a thoughtful friend who ordered a bread baking book for me from an Amazon Reseller..and I had bought books too..
So when my violas were blooming their heads off..I was awaiting my book..seeing even more blogs talk enchantedly about it..
Lo and behold the book arrived.. circa 1986..not even the same cover..not even the same author..yet the photo had shown the identical book:(
I was not charged for the book..but that wasn't the point..I never called to get a credit..I called to get THE book:)
Well they didn't have it..so one month was spent.. waiting..getting..waiting and then reordering at Chapter's ..for the real thing:)
Because i was ordering something else at Chapters too.
I LOVE Amazon..don't misunderstand..:)
It's a keeper book with many interesting recipes and pretty photos..
If you grow edibles or can get your hands on pesticide free blooms..I say go for it.
This weekend is Father's Day here in Canada.
Thank you for taking care of me daddy~
It would be so nice to have you both still here~
I always called him daddy at home......or papa..never dad~
My parents were terribly good looking..When I see photos of them in their youth..
I get tears in my eyes..full of optimism..joy..la belle vie..
I think Great Gatsby..
Things change with every passing year..
Some good..some not so good..
They lost a child before me..she was 5..I look at photos of my dad with her and I have never seen such a smile..
Yet..they had me afterwards..and never compared..they just loved me.
With everything you lived through..you were always good to me.
I see a happy child in these photos:)
Here's to all the wonderful fathers we have known..and know.
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup..2 sticks unsalted butter room temp
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsps finely ground pistachios
1 tbsp rose water
1/4 cup rose petals
Preheat oven to 350F
Line a 9 inch square pan with foil and place a square of parchment on bottom of pan
Sift Flours and salt together 3 times
With a mixer on med-high..cream butter for 2 minutes or until smooth slowly add sugar until it is fully integrated.
Mix in half the flour,pistachios,rose water,rose petals.
Turn mixture on low and mix in remaining flour~
Be careful not to overmix.
Press dough into prepared pan gently bake ap 50mins or until slightly brown on top.
Remove shortbread from pan and cut into 1 1/2 inch squares..
Spread shortbread squares on a baking sheet and bake an additional 5 minutes..until the edges are a little golden(you want shortbread to be flaky)
My Notes..I omitted the salt because I use salted butter:)
Have a lovely weekend~
if you don't know or had not seen EPL..:)
Or if that is hard to do like it is for me:)