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FLOWERS ON OUR PLATE

FLOWERS ON OUR PLATES!

Yippee it’s nearly summer… let’s celebrate by bringing beautiful delicate petal to cheer up our plates. For so long we have been eating herbs but only few of us have been brave enough to add flowers to our dishes. Perhaps if one knew which flowers to eat then they would take the leap. To begin with, unless stated NEVER use flowers that has not been grown organically for  consumption; they will be full of pesticide and a definite no no! Having a garden is great but not indispensable, a windowsill or hanging pots are ample space to grow an organic source of deliciousness. There is more than 250 species of flowers which are comestible… but I have chosen my favourites to keep things simple. Let’s start with pansies. I must admit the flavours is subtle with a delicate hazelnut note, but the colourfulness and areas of varieties makes it my first choice. It can be simply added as decoration to a cake, thrown in salad to give it that little “power flower” or added to Fromage Frais to …

Gluten dairy sugar free pancake

Gluten, Sugar & Dairy Free Pancakes For Mardi Gras

For those who do not know (and this included me until I looked into this today 🙂 ) Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras in France and Louisiana, which directly translated means Fat Tuesday, is the first day of lent and the day of gorging before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. Now I am not much into gorging and even though I was brought up Catholic nowadays I do not subscribe to any religion, I just believe in love and respect… But I still celebrate pancake day 🙂 even though that here in the UK we don’t have a carnival… As I try to avoid gluten as much as possible  (it upsets my tummy 😦 ) I  wanted to find an alternative and then remembered my Maman using chestnut flour when we were little. I have also used almond milk for the simple reason that I thought the almond and chestnut flavours would marry really well, and you know what… it was delicious. We tried it with avocado for a savoury light lunch and with a squeeze of lemon …

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas with Guérande Sea Salt

Guérande salt or Fleur de Sel is the most loved sea salt in France. It comes from the salt marshes of Guérande, a medieval town located in Brittany. Guérande salt is unrefined, harvested by hand and uses a slow method of crystallisation which results in a high mineral content plus countless micro-organisms emanating from the sea and has a low sodium content. To sum it up, Sel de Guérande is totally natural – unrefined, unwashed and contains no additives. This is a simple and quick recipe to introduce anyone to this amazing salt. It will only take a few minutes to prepare and is a great snack. Combine with the humble chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) which are gluten free and therefore free of all the naughty toxins, so whats not to like!!! But hang on there is more… it’s vegan, high-protein and super healthy…. so you will end up with a naturally delicious, low fat snack full of good nutrition, from the earth as well as the sea and perfect for those mid afternoon cravings 🙂 This will make 2-3 servings – What you will need: 2 cup …