Flowers has endless possibilities for cooking. You can start with pairing blooms and seeds. Seed crackers and oils topped with shoots or petals are great. You can use various parts of a plant like a bulb and pollen too. Many dried flowers can enhance the dish like chamomile enhance chicken. However, the easiest way to use flowers is to infuse them.
Blend 2 ripe frozen bananas, 1-2 pitted Medjool dates, 1/3 cup cooked chickpeas, 2-3 Tbsp peanut butter, 2 Tbsp unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder, 1/2 cup unsweetened dairy-free milk, and 1 pinch sea salt on high-speed. You can add more dates for extra sweetness. If you don't like peanut, replace it with almond butter or cashew butter or tahini.
Chef Ilian Regan runs a restaurant - Elizabeth in Chicago with no formal training. She was raised on a farm and she has Michelin Star since 2014. She is also a queer woman. Pop culture is big at her restaurant. Dr.Seuss and Game Of Thrones are among the thematic inspiration. However, her success comes from an obsession with sustainable ingredients.
The three main communities that ruled Goa over centuries - Hindus, Muslims, and Christians are not the only ones who shaped the Goan cuisine. It is heavily influenced by Portuguese, Arab, Brazilian, African, French, Konkan, Malabar, Malaysian and Chinese cultures that came in contact with the local community. It’s a perfect blend of East and West.
Blend 3-4 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup of olive oil (light or extra virgin), 1/2 tsp maple syrup, 1 pinch each salt, 1 pinch pepper, and 1/4 cup diced shallots until it is creamy and smooth. Add more vinegar for more acidity, olive oil for richness, and maple syrup for sweetness. Use the vinaigrette immediately. It is not freezer-friendly.
Blend 1 1/4 cups of salted peanut butter and 5 pitted dates to a food processor and pulse a few times. Add 2/3 cups of hemp seeds, 1/3 cups of chia seeds, and 1/2 cup of protein powder and pulse. A cookie dough-like texture will form when all ingredients are combined. Transfer the mix to a loaf pan and let it chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.