I'm missing Junior Landcare tomorrow, we're getting ready for a camping music festival adventure. Camping is great but the getting ready bit is not my favourite part, I'm procrastinating. Junior Landcare this term has been all about edible flowers. These are some of the flowers I put together to display and taste. Every time I research a new topic I learn something. This time I discovered my favourite tea (Lady Grey) contains cornflowers, and I just happen to be growing them at the moment, it's the blue one on the right, but they come in many beautiful colours.
There's a beautiful poster in this magazine for anyone interested in edible flowers, it is a really fascinating topic, you would be surprised how many flowers are edible. The pineapple sage flowers were hugely popular with the school children. My favourite is the cucumber zing of borage. It was hilarious to watch the children sample nasturtium flowers and screw up their noses at the peppery taste. They also had a great time making magical beads of water roll around on nasturtium leaves, the drops glimmering and pooling like mercury. Children were sipping water from cupped leaves like little fairy folk. A perfect hot afternoon activity. The flower theme really struck a chord with the kids, they were madly exploring the garden for edible flowers, and took a little reminding that some flowers are poisonous. Most edible plants have edible flowers and it was interesting to try the flowers of radish, broccoli, sage, chives and rosemary, whose flowers all taste a little like the leaves, bulbs and florets. My youngest daughter is currently very taken with the small juicy seed pods on broccoli.
Make a syrup using 1kg sugar and 1.5 litres of water - heat them together in a saucepan until simmering and all sugar is dissolved.
Cover with muslin and leave to steep overnight or for 24 hours.
Strain through a muslin lined colander (you can buy muslin baby wraps from the op-shop very cheaply).
Ahem, not the prettiest of jars (a touch reminiscent of something you might take to the doctors) but the contents are heady floral deliciousness. I'm storing mine in the fridge and it is being consumed at a vast rate, but I imagine if you wanted to keep it in the cupboard you would need to reheat it then place it in sterile bottles. I don't think going off will be a problem for us.
They certainly earned it.
They didn't receive any of this banana cake, or "cake disaster" as my kids dubbed it, they even made up a rap song about it. I went to turn it out from the pan and it started oozing mixture, I then shoved it all back in the tin and put it back in the oven, it came out with the texture of cauliflower and was actually the cause of much laughter in the house. Fortunately I had made plenty of other cakes so this one was saved for private family eating. I hope you get a chuckle too.Over summer think about putting out a drink for your feathered friends, this old fry pan (bottom right) is frequented by Eastern Spinebills, Grey Fantails (pictured), Blackbirds, Blue Wrens, Ravens and Magpies. I just unscrewed the handle and gave it a quick coat of spray paint. It's under a tap where it catches any drips and is easily refilled. I do love to watch a bird frolic and bathe.