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I’ve been obsessing over floral infusions for quite a while now. Lavender moon milk, lavender rose cold brew, and raspberry rose muffins have been a few of my favorite ventures into flower foods. I think the obsession took hold when I realized how easy it is to do.
Seriously, it’s so easy. You can buy rose water and orange blossom water on Amazon. You can make your own rose water at home. You can buy dried lavender in bulk on the internet. You can even use lavender, rose, or chamomile tea to infuse things. You can have edible flowers shipped to your house overnight.
I know some of you are like, “Sure, Haley, I can buy all of these floral products, but what the heck do I do with them?” I’m here to tell you, that’s easy too. That’s why I created this Epic Floral Cheese Platter with lavender honey, chamomile olive oil, rose water pickles, and orange blossom chia jam. I’m about to teach you how to make ALL THE FLORAL THINGS.
First you have to start with good base like local honey, Pompeian Smooth Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or Pompeian White Wine Vinegar and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (for pickles!) Then you can simply mix in your flowers and leave them to sit for a while, or you can heat up the base in order to infuse the flavor more quickly. Then you can strain out the flowers (if you want) and eat up.
Trust me, your world is about to change here. Give into the floral trend.
Epic Floral Cheese Platter
This fully-edible Epic Floral Cheese Platter with lavender honey, rose pickles, chamomile olive oil, and orange blossom chia jam makes the perfect picnic!
Cheese Platter Ingredients
- 2-3 cheeses (I used brie, smoked cheddar, and feta)
- 1 baguette
- 1 box crackers (I suggest a fruit and nut cracker)
- 2-3 kinds of fruit (I used cherries, oranges and peaches)
- 1-2 kinds of vegetables (I used carrots and radishes)
- edible flowers, for garnish
Rose Water Pickles
- 1/2 tbsp dried lavender buds
- 1/2 cup honey
Chamomile Olive Oil
- 1 cup Pompeian Smooth Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp dried chamomile (sub 4-5 chamomile tea bags)
Orange Blossom Chia Jam
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp orange blossom water
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
Rose Water Pickles Instructions
Add radishes and cucumber slices to jars, leaving about 1" of space at the top of the jar. Set aside.
Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before transferring to the refrigerator to chill for another 1 hour.
Orange Blossom Chia Jam
Add all ingredients - minus chia seeds - to a small sauce pot, heat over medium-high heat until boiling, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
Transfer jam to a jar and mix in chia seeds. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before transferring to the refrigerator to chill for at least another hour. (The jam will be much thicker if allowed to chill overnight.)
In a small pot add honey and dried lavender. Heat over medium-high heat until bubbling, stirring often. Once bubbling, take off heat, and transfer to a jar. Let cool for 20-30 minutes. Stir before serving. (Optional: you can strain the lavender out before serving.)
Chamomile Olive Oil
Add Pompeian Smooth Extra Virgin Olive Oil and dried chamomile to a small pot. Heat over medium-low heat just until it begins to bubble. Once bubbling, take off heat and transfer to a jar along with dried chamomile. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. (Optional: you can strain the chamomile out before serving.)
Assemble the cheese platter
Assemble your platter with cheese, bread, crackers, fruit, vegetables, rose water pickles, orange blossom chia jam, lavender honey, and chamomile olive oil. Garnish with edible flowers.
Since this post is all about gathering with friends, I want to talk about the ways in which we – especially women – talk about our bodies around other people. I was recently with some friends when I became so intensely aware of the negativity that was being nonchalantly thrown around.
I can’t wear that, it makes my hips look huge. You look good in it, but my body would never fit. You can try on my skirt but it’s gonna be huge on you.
That’s how it happens, isn’t it? We disguise our deep rooted insecurities into flippant comments. Sometimes even veiled compliments.
Perhaps it’s our subconscious just playing into the common rhetoric of our culture (ie. a deep need to fit in.) But maybe it’s something even more sinister than that. Maybe it’s our attempt to “downplay” and “normalize” our body hatred. Let me tell you why I think that’s even more depressing than the fact that it’s deeply engrained in our culture to speak negatively about your body.
The idea that talking about our negative voices in flippant comments will somehow help to air our dirty laundry and therefore help us rid ourselves of those thoughts it antithetical to what we know about the human brain. To put it simply, inside the human brain our thoughts will take the easiest fastest road. This means that the more we think negatively about ourselves, our bodies, the easier it is to think these things. Conversely, positivity will eventually beget positivity.
It follows that the path forward with ourselves, with our friends, is not to “air our dirty laundry” but rather to encourage a replacement of this negativity with positivity. Perhaps the next time you’re gather with your friends around an Epic Floral Cheese Platter, and the concept of bodies comes up (and it probably will, because you’re eating food) try your best to direct your own thoughts to positive replacements for your common negative thoughts. And try to encourage those around you to do the same.
Maybe these ideas sound like…
I am a really kind person.
What and how much I eat doesn’t define my character.
All bodies are good bodies. Mine included.
I really like my insert characteristic or body part here. (ie. I really like my fashion sense.)
The list goes on and on. Sometimes it can be easier to ask the people you trust what *they* value about you that isn’t physical. So that you can start to replace your inner monologue with their words, until you can find your own.
Let’s change the way we talk when were together. Let’s dispel the belief that using negative words about ourself is EVER healing or productive. Let’s have new kinds of conversations. xo.