first second day of Summer! It is official now! That horrible winter is finally over! I don't think we ever really had a spring. But now that summer is finally here to stay for a while I just hope it doesn't go away to quick. These are my near and dear favorite months. And to celebrate the beautiful Summer the Recipe ReDux for June seemed fitting, yet rather difficult. This one really threw me for a loop, but all of these redux themes usually challenge me in some way or another. however I think this one was the hardest yet.
June’s theme: Floral Flavors - Nothing brightens up a dish like a real flower! Whether you live in the northern or the southern hemisphere, edible flowers can add flavor and aroma to salads, breads, spreads, desserts or dips. Make your recipe bloom with rose water, flowering herbs, floral teas, dried lavender blossoms or even fresh flowers like nasturtiums, violets, borage, squash, sunflowers or pretty much any blossom in a vegetable garden.
Flowers!? Well I have to say, flowers are a beautiful thing this time of year, but cooking with them? I've always wanted to try cooking with lavender, but the only way I could get some was to order it online and it would be very expensive. Zucchini blossoms came to mind too, but I have never seen them anywhere to buy. Edible flowers? Yea, like my grocery would ever carry culinary greatness like that. So really, what was I going to do? But then I read the theme again and saw the suggestion of floral teas! Well, that could work. Although I still had no idea how I wanted to incorporate it into a unique recipe. So after much arduous mental debate and recipe creation I decided to go with something simple and something readily available to everyone.
I picked up a box of Jasmine green tea. I have never had Jasmine before so I wasn't sure about the flavor, but knew it is known for its strong perfumy smell and taste. Thus, I had to try it as a plain mug of tea first to see how it would work in a recipe. Well alone...as a mug of tea...it was terrible. Awful. Just not my cup of tea (pun intended). What was I going to do now!? Well, why not use it as an infused flavor in say a rice dish! Perfect. I had hoped. So Friday night...only a day before I needed to write this post, I finally wiped myself in to shape and made a dish I hoped would work. As luck would have it...I won! Thank you flower redux gods! Sweet Jasmine tea infused into short grain organic brown rice with Cipolline onions, and fresh herbs. May I say it was fabulous! Best rice I have ever had to my recent memory.
Aromatic Jasmine Herb Brown Rice
Ingredients: (serves 2)
+ ½ Cup Short Grain Brown Rice
+ 3 Cipolline Onions (or 2 small shallots)
+ ¼ Cup Fresh Chopped Mint Leaves
+ ¼ Cup Fresh Chopped Curly Parsley
+ 1 Jasmine Green Tea Bag
+ ¼ Tsp Garlic Powder (optional)
+ Brew a mug of Jasmin Green Tea for 4 minutes.
+ While the tea is brewing, rice your ½ cup of rice and chop your onions.
+ In a pot, pour 1 cup of the hot tea in, along with the rice and onion. Bring to a boil and reduce to low/simmer for about 40 minutes, or until the rice is cooked.
+ In the meantime, chop the mint and parsley. When the rice is done, add in the herbs and optional garlic. Give everything a stir and breath in the fresh beautiful scents!
I love the taste of fresh herbs! I don't use them often and usually just stick with dried, but when I want to get fancy...And did you notice something in these photos? NEW PLATES! Yes! On Friday not only did I make this recipe, but I went out to Bed Bath and Beyond and finally bought some beautiful dishware, cute flatware, and place mats! Get ready for some much prettier food photos! I am so excited! (Too bad I just photographed a ton of recipes these last two weeks on my old plates...). I am loving the white clean plates. I also got some bowls, a larger white place, a few place mats, a cute spoon and fork, and a chic black plate for fun. Total foodie heaven! All of it was super cheap to as I looked for the clearance items, but hey these are great and I am so happy with the purchases. I am keeping all of them safe in my closet in my room away from scratches and people. I am only going to use them for photos! Got to keep it immaculate!
Check out all my other fellow ReDux member recipes too and celebrate the flowers and beauty of summer with their fun recipes!
+ Does your grocery sell edible flowers, zucchini blossoms, or dried lavender? Mine? No it does not. I would kill to make some stuffed zucchini blossoms though...one day!
+ Bought any new dishware recently? I think I want to go back for more! Especially the placements, they were so cheap and I only got a tan and red one, but there were a ton of other colors.
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