Everything's Coming Up Roses
This week I've been feeling slightly under the weather, and nothing cheers me up like roses. We have a humble rose garden by our door, and I just love to sit in the shade of the roses and smell their sweet perfume. Roses have been admired for centuries for their delicate beauty and fragrance. In the language of flowers, roses are the symbol of love. The language of flowers enjoyed renewed popularity during the Victorian era; one could send a message through a bouquet via the flowers one chose.
Here is a view of our simple rose garden,
although the photograph really doesn't
do it justice.
Our climbing roses are doing better this year
Naturally, roses have also inspired many artists. I will let some of my favorite paintings of roses speak for themselves.
Not only are roses beautiful to look at, they are edible too! Candied rose petals are a lovely, decorative touch to most any dessert. Their crystalline beauty is not their only virtue, they also have a sweet, delicate rose scent and taste. Below is a simple recipe for candied rose petals.
Candied Rose Petals
- Gently wash desired amount of organic, unsprayed rose petals and cut off small white heel at base of petal.
- Lightly beat one egg white (pasteurized, if desired), dip a petal in egg white (fully coating it), then dip in shallow dish of castor sugar (also called superfine sugar) to coat completely (without clumps).
- Once these steps are completed, place petal on a wire rack covered in parchment paper.
- Repeat steps until all the petals are evenly coated. Place rack of petals in oven at lowest setting until completely dry.
- Store in airtight container, not in refrigerator. I find these are best enjoyed within the first couple days.
I enjoyed my rose petals on a small gelato in the garden.
Rose petals are also perfect for cakes, cupcakes and any other light desserts; they make wonderful favors for tea parties too!
"O my love's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June;
O my love's like the melody
That's sweetly played in tune."
"A rose is a rose is a rose "