A couple weeks ago I hosted another homesteading workshop at my house here in Portland, and this time we dove into floral design and working with edible flowers. The incredibly talented Sarah from Selva Floral Design hosted the floral design portion of the workshop and Christiann and I co-hosted the edible flower portion. Since it was mother’s day weekend, Sarah’s mom, Jo, and my mom, Jill, also joined us, which, along with the mother-daughter attendees that came, made for a really fun gathering of wonderful women. We started off by candying edible flowers (I have a blog post about how to do this here), and while they were drying we made wreaths with fresh spring flowers. Sarah brought florals that would dry well, too, so that we could re-use our wreaths year after year, and we use dried grape vine wreaths from Afloral as the base. After that we had a wide-ranging spread of edible flowers for lunch, including jasmine green tea-braised pork shoulder, feta with radish blossoms from my garden, blueberry soup topped with calendula, and roasted brussels sprouts with hazelnuts and lavender. It was really interesting to taste and see edible flowers applied in such a variety of dishes, since most folks usually just stick to using them in sweet applications. All the beautiful dishes, glassware, and flatware on the table were from the kind folks at anthropologie who let us use them for the workshop. After that, Christiann and I pull out the mini-caked we had baked the day previously and everyone got to decorate them with glaze and the edible flowers they candied which had now dried. It was such a fun afternoon and I felt so lucky to have such a warm, friendly, and funny group of women in my home for the day.
I’m opening registration for my next Scratch Session, where we’ll get down and dirty with organic gardening! It takes place on Saturday July 16th here at my home in my big vegetable garden. You can read through all the details and register via the link below, would love to have you join!!
After we wrapped up the afternoon’s activities, everyone got to go home with a beautiful pinched glass vase from anthropologie, a handmade linen tea towel from Heirloomed Collection a box of tea from Steven Smith Teamaker a bag of coffee beans from Heart Coffee Roasters their floral wreath, and their freshly decorated cake made with ingredients from the local Whole Foods. It was a good day, indeed.