Should You Use Edible Flowers As A Garnish?

If you’re a gardener, you’ve likely heard that you can indeed eat some of the flowers that you grow. Flowers aren’t just for looks, they also make a delicious garnish for your favorite foods.

Many cooks, like the ones at I Forgot It’s Wednesday have made a clever presentation by including edible flowers in their presentation. It’s not unheard of and it’s not really as unusual as you may think.

If you’re looking for a way to reflect your individual personality you may wish to consider adding in some edible flowers for your salads and entrees.

The dandelion, in all of its lowly glory, is a prime example of a flower that is edible. You’ll be amazed that you can use dandelions for wine, tea and for the flowers that are found in abundance in many people’s yards.

Not only are the dandelions themselves edible, but the greens are also edible making this annoying weed that is found prolifically in many yards an ideal addition to your salads and dinners.

Elderberries have long been known to improve health. They are also ideal for cooking and eating raw and cooked. With a taste that is similar to honey, you’re sure to love the additional flavor that elderberries can impart to your next meal.

Lavender not only smells lovely, it’s also an ideal addition to your next glass of lemonade. You’ll be amazed at how this delicate flower can impart a delicious flavor to your next glass of lemonade. Consider some lavender in your next latte as well. Lavender imparts a delicate flavor and is a lovely addition to any dessert or beverage.

Now that you know that many flowers are edible, and you have three prime examples above, you can explore what other flowers are edible and decide if you want them for a garnish. Once you’ve tried them in your cooking, you’ll want to use them time and again.

If you are a fan of vegetables, many of the flowers they produce are also edible. See more in this video below:

Do You Wonder If Your Restaurant Should Use Round Dishes Versus Square Dishes?

Do you ever stop and wonder if your restaurant should use round dishes instead of square dishes for serving patrons their food? There is something of a backlash within the cooking and restaurant communities of the Western world against square dishes and establishments that use them, so much discussion is taking place in the various circles that analyze and critique eateries.

Some critics of square dishes are rather savage in their commentary, suggesting that restaurants use them in the same ways that hotels might offer beds with black sheets or mirrors hanging from the ceiling. The attempt is to appear cutting edge, trendy, or somehow modern in style. A number of restaurant critics worry that square dishes are chefs trying to gloss over their substandard or overcooked food.

While that is unlikely the case or thinking behind every restaurant that chooses square dishes over round ones, there are a number of advantages that round dishes have over their square counterparts.

The consumer experience is certainly a primary consideration of any business that needs repeat business in order to succeed, and most restaurants fall into this category. Round plates simply do not take up as much space on a restaurant table, and that leaves room between plates for utensils, beverages, condiments, and even smartphones. Round plates also let portions of various food servings and menu items group together without getting messy in the middle or leaving empty space in the corners, making a plate of food appear abundant and filling.

Waitstaff can save space on their trays by putting beverages, condiments, and even side dishes in the spaces freed up by not having square dishes touching along all edges. Square dishes are also more likely to break if dropped on a corner, and round dishes survive trips through dish-washing machines a lot easier.

The choice is up to your restaurant, but round dishes do have a number of advantages over square ones.

The Essentials

If you want to be a good at what you do, you need to have the proper tools. A painter needs his paint brushes, a sculptor needs his clay, and a food stylist needs these essentials in order to make the most out their presentations.