~a collection of eclectic recipes and misadventures in the kitchen~
Sunday, July 22, 2007
ingredients: handful of chrysanthemum flowers (10g) 1.2 l boiling water 10g agar agar powder sugar to taste
method: Steep the flowers in the water for 3 minutes. Sieve and reserve. Pour the tea into a pot. Add agar agar powder and sugar. Whisk/ stir constantly and bring to a boil. Make sure that the powder has dissolved. Remove the petals from the flowers and add them to the mixture. (you don't need all..perhaps just a quarter of the flowers...you can save the rest for use as eye-wash if you like..) Pour into molds to set and chill before serving.
Comments: Finally!! Something which i invented!!!! Am mighty pleased with it too!! :P Actually the recipe is very simple...and tastes like you are drinking chrysanthemum tea...i like the fact that there is no artifical colouring and there's fibre in the form of the flower petals and i sorta think that the idea of eating flowers is quite romantic...hahahah.... Chrysanthemum tea, according to Chinese folklore, is cooling and great for sore throats..and when we had 'red eyes', mom used to steep the flowers in a mug of hot water, chill it and and use it to wash our eyes...We never used 'eye-mo' and i reckon the chrysanthemum remedy really did work....and even if you didn't have red eyes, using these flowers were supposed to make your eyes more sparkly... :)
The four of us started this blog together as a way to share our experiences and lessons in the kitchen. Now the blog has evolved into an random mix of recipes which we have tried and liked enough to want to share...some are dishes that remind us of home, some are things that we wouldn't usually have made in Singapore (muffins, cakes and most dishes requiring the oven) and others were just borne out of a need to use a certain ingredient!
Have a browse and have fun trying out the recipes!