Yeah really, flowers, honest guv.
I’ve seen many a TV chef type try to convince us that flowers are edible. Whoaaa steady on there.
I’ve just accepted that cheese and Jam are an acceptable flavour combination and now you expect me to believe I can happily chomp my way through the colourful section of the Garden Centre.
Erm, as it turns out, to some extent, they’re right.
The Rosemary in my back yard recently started sprouting flowers, so, tentatively; I plucked one of the purple blooms and had a little Chew. Wow, a delicate sort of flavour explosion thing was cavorting around inside my mouth. So confirm this was a new (to me) taste sensation I gave some to Lisa who quickly confirmed that they were indeed flavoursome and that I hadn’t been enjoying too much of the big orange thing in the Sky
Many ideas sprang mind around how to get the best out of the flowers and two things were paramount: What would be complemented by a rosemary hit and what would do justice to the delicate beauty of the flowers.?
Taste wise I think I achieved this, visually, did I do them Justice?
Serves 4 as a starter
1 Small, quality beef fillet steak
Handful of rocket and/or leaves of your choice
1 Tomato de-seeded and cut into fine cubes
8 Tablespoons of mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Squeeze of Lemon Juice
2 Teaspoons of Dijon Mustard
Baguette cut into 2cm thick slices, 3 per serving
Small amount of groundnut oil
Small amount of Rosemary flowers
On a clean chopping board lay down a good amount of sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Roll your steak in the salt and pepper so that you get a nice even coating all over the steak
Heat a frying pan until it is very hot, add the groundnut oil and very quickly sear all sides of the steak. It’s best to use a pair of tongs if you have one. Put the steak to one side to rest
In a bowl mix the mayonnaise, oil and mustard, whisk together then slowly whisk in Lemon juice and seasoning to taste.
Once the Steak has rested cut into slices as thin as you can get whilst keeping the pieces whole.
Take two sheets of Clingfilm and place one steak slice in-between the Clingfilm sheets.
Using a heavy object (rolling pin or meat mallet thing) batter the meat until it is wafer thin, repeat this process for all your slices.
In the same pan fry/toast your slices of bread until they take on a golden colour
Now your ready to assemble the dish how you want.
I started with the bread base, added the meat , then the leaves , the flowers and finished with a drizzle of the mustard mayo
Lisa did hers slightly differently
So, the taste then, what about that?
I think I matched the deep flavour of the beef , the peppery-ness of the rocket and acidic creaminess of the sauce very well with the fragrant rosemary bursts.
You know what?
I think this eating flowers lark will grow on me ….. Ha Ha Ha Ha …. Erm I’ll get my coat