The seasons have turned, there’s a chill in the air and a sense of festivity arises as the end of the year closes in, so I think it’s time to share my experiments with a new interesting ingredient this week; a soft aromatic flavour, one that can either be a little too much or not enough, so I have been practicing with a range of recipes to understand how this one works, and am happy to share these delicious recipes with you all! Most commonly associated with middle eastern cooking, the lucky winner today is: DRIED ROSE PETALS - I source mine from here
Take a look at these delicious treats, keep reading to find out more!
I have not used rose petals in my cooking before and neither did my parents, as it is not an ingredient which was on my radar when living in Africa, but then I tried a few delicious treats in restaurants and food markets and was confused at first, because to me roses were only a garden decoration or wedding accessory, so I definitely questioned having petals in my food! But as my dad used to say:
“Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things, is the best way to grow!”
I was pleasantly surprised at the delicate taste, and the combination of flavour with other ingredients, I highly encourage you to give it a go, with these two simple easy recipes below using rose petals: one a cake, and the other: chocolate swirls!
Many people buy beauty products infused with rose oil as the petals are full of antioxidants and have been shown to fight free radical damage and oil overproduction, but I am looking at including them in food, as you can buy a variation of rose ingredients, which include fresh or crystallized petals, syrups, preserves, rose water or dried petals. In herbal medicine rose petals are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties.
The 2 delicious recipes to share with you are:
The rose cake is a delicious balance of moist, crunchy and full of flavour, while the chocolate swirls are rich and very more-ish, perfect for the transition from summer to autumn, as the fragrant aroma of the nuts is pleasantly warming, and the rose and chocolate flavours bring memories of holidays, cooler weather and the fact that Christmas is on its way!
These are super simple and quick to make, no fancy techniques or equipment needed (except a few good silicone baking trays and cases are a good investment). Roasting the nuts, mixing together the ingredients, and then decorating - beautiful and fragrant, ideal for celebrations, gifts and sharing with family and friends.
See the rose and roasted nut cake recipe here: Rose and roasted nut cake
See the rose & pistachio chocolate swirls recipe here: Rose choccy swirls
Give these a go and let me know how they turn out, tag me @hyperhealthnut on Instagram, facebook or twitter, I would love to see your attempts!