I have the privileged of hosting Grow Your Own from Oct 1 to 15, and I would like to share with you my first time to use flowers in a dish.
I have always fancied using flowers as food but never had the chance to do so. I’ve seen a lot of recipes, from salads to tempura to savory dishes. So it was with great delight that I made a salad of flowers all grown from the garden. We have been growing ampalaya (bitter gourd), patola (ridged gourd/luffa) and Baguio beans and have been enjoying cooking them at home.
In the last few weeks, I have been staying at home mostly, always wondering what to cook. So with great delight, I noticed these three vegetables flowering and an idea to make salad came to mind. Should I call this Flower Power Salad?
Flower Power Salad with Asian Dressing
Get a handful of everything:
Baguio beans flowers
Saw-toothed coriander leaves
Thai basil leaves
4 tbsp vinegar
4 tbsp water
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp sugar
2 cloves garlic
1 Thai chili
Mix vinegar, water, fish sauce and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil till sugar has dissolved. Taste according to your preference and adjust as necessary.
To serve, arrange eveything in a platter and serve with the dressing.