Thursday, April 14, 2016

Floral Seasonings

From Victoria:
Compound butters—known for their ease and versatility—can be fully customized to fit any menu or occasion. For our version, whipped butter becomes a creamy canvas for featuring a variety of peppercorns mixed with finely chopped chives, shallot, garlic, and oregano. Pressed into the velvety log, a smattering of radish flowers, society garlic, and oyster leaf lends accents reminiscent of the ingredients for which the buds are named.

Smoothed across pumpernickel bread for delectable Tea Sandwiches, the softened spread holds cucumber topped with radishes, smoked salmon, and microarugula. A garnish of oyster leaf completes the presentation. This perennial herb, also called oyster plant or sea bluebell, is grown throughout North America and leaves a hint of seafood on the palate.

Captured at their peak of beauty and preserved in ice, delicate blooms appear unaffected by time or gravity. The secret to success is pouring water into a mould a little at a time and freezing in stages—a technique that can also be used to create other frosty centerpieces. (Read more.)

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