Last week I held an early little holiday preview party with Lowes (who sponsors a monthly column on this website) which I am excited to tell you about (later). The event was a pre-season sort of get-ready thing that comes with the territory of being involved in the media (logically, holiday stuff is done way before the holidays). Despite my initial hesitation to start thinking about christmas even before the Halloween costumes were finalized, I am now without hesitation ready for festive season.
So when I stumbled across these silver and gold food sprays (that also come in blue and red) I immediately started thinking about foody christmas presents and possibilities for photo shoots. Golden strawberries and blueberries and just beginning. I want to do lovely things to cookies and cakes, and I think it would be fun to actually gild lilies (did you know you can eat daylilies? how fun would that be?).
What sorts of interesting things would you do with edible golden and silver food spray?
Images from the deli garage where you can also order the spray.
There are a couple of stories in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings that caught my eye. One story was about Poppies and Posies (a NYC flower shop) and their fruit filled flower arrangements and the other focussed on using mixed foliage in arrangements.
Both stories left me with a new and refreshed list of possible pickings for summer arrangements. Clematis, for example has never made my list of cutting flowers – I am always too busy running around looking for something with nice sturdy stalks — but this is beautiful and I am imagining dainty white flowers draped through my chandelier later this summer.
Similarly I had not considered raspberries either — but now I am not only thinking of those clusters but also of blueberries which should be ripening any day now.
This sweet arrangement features barely-blushing tomatoes. I’ve seen apples used in this way before…so I have no idea why I hadn’t previously considered tomatoes…but now I am also thinking of the great oranges that habanero peppers turn. I certainly can’t stand to eat all that one plant produces…so this would be a lovely way to show them off.
And if you can’t wait for the tomatoes to turn….green seems pretty nice too.
I know that those are green seed pods on the left of this arrangement….but they could pass for prickly pear pads in a heartbeat. I used to see prickly pear pads in the market all the time back in Colorado…occasionally they show up here…next time I see them I will have to try a little produce aisle floristry and give them a try.
What kids of off beat materials have you been gathering for displays? Anything interesting? Do share.
Photos by Sylvie Becquet and Bryan Gardner. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings. Copyright ©2013. For more ideas, check out www.marthastewartweddings.com.
I am so grateful for this handy visual guide to greens that can be foraged in the early spring (or at least as soon as the snow melts!). The collection is part of a foraging story in the current issue of Martha Stewart Living. Tama Matsuoka Wong (co-author of the lovely book Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmer’s Market) is featured in the issue for her guidance on foraging for simple foods that are widely available. It is a sweet story that highlights Tama’s journey from international lawyer in Hong Kong to teaching kids how to forage for food in rural Connecticut. And it includes some lovely recipes – including how to make mugwort soup.
It is a recipe that I am eager to try — and I am fairly sure that it’s green qualities will be overlooked when I tell my kids it something that Harry Potter eats from his garden. If you are interested in making it yourself, get your hands on a copy of the magazine. (It is the pretty one with the cherry blossoms, fritillaria and tulip on the front) - Rochelle
images from Martha Stewart.
My garden is entering the overwhelming stage. These pics don’t share the full extent of the harvest…I edited to fit the frame….I am grateful that the Farmers Market starts this weekend. I am late to the party (as always) but I’m sharing this as part of Daniels Post Produce Round Up — perhaps you want to join in and post your produce? (BTW, I am so late this month that the linky thing has expired, but perhaps we can all enjoy the other posts and try harder next month to share our own!) - Rochelle
I’m interested in getting better at a few things. Photography, photo styling, photo editing and taking more time to be in touch with the little moments of my everyday life are all on the list.
Starting something new….like a regular post about what I have picked in my garden or elsewhere on that day seems like a perfect way to feed all these pursuits as well as document the seasons. I can’t wait to look back over a year of these posts to see my skills improve, my creativity evolve and the land’s gifts move through the season. Plus, I am looking forward to sharing my best shots with my friend Daniel and his readers in his monthly Post Produce roundup (you can share your shots too!).
Today– Black raspberries, lavender, and blueberries…all picked within 30 feet of my front door.