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A Floral Cocktail

As we’re all set to welcome the New Year, how about adding in some excitement and zing by concocting floral cocktails? Well…edible flowers are the focus this season and are increasingly used in soups, salads, appetizers, mains and desserts. So how can cocktails be left behind in this floral mania? Agreed it’s frosty December and fresh blossoms are hard to lay our hands on. But with a zest to innovate, bartenders are leaving no stone unturned and are scanning closets for flower syrups and ...

Flowers for Food

Perfumed and velvety, and boasting vibrant hues of orange, red, violet, pink and yellow; flowers are a treat to the senses. But they do much more than merely uplift the spirits. Plucked fresh and blended in recipes, flowers as ingredients transform the texture, flavour, taste and appearance of cuisines. For millennia, the Chinese and the Japanese liberally plucked chrysanthemum petals and stirred them into oriental soups to enhance the taste. The Victorians candied violets with crystallised ...

Hibiscus Cheesecake

The bright red hibiscus increasingly finds its way into contemporary cooking. And much beyond the usual teas. Highly fragrant, perfumed, earthy and tangy in taste, hibiscus petals lend a distinct flavour to desserts. Be it a pavlova or a tart, a simple butter cake or a pannacotta, the subtleness of hibiscus and its inherent antioxidants are skilfully brought out by chefs who vouch by its syrup, dried petals, or at best a handful of freshly plucked flowers. Pastry Chef Ashutosh Gairola from ...

Vanilla Rose Chiffon Cake

Since centuries, rose has been heralded as a fine edible flower and its perfumed petals have found their way into a plethora of cuisines and food cultures across the globe. The velvety petals have brightened up recipes, enhanced flavours, and transformed routine dishes into gourmet delights. Being high in water content and low in calories, when combined in recipes; these earthy petals with a sweetish tinge feel flavoursome to the lips, while being light on the hips. And when rose gets ...