Rose petal is a texture: soft, in a silky way, cool and slightly moist. A bit like charmeuse, but less slippery and a bit more substantial, and the best ones have a slight rose fragrance as well. It’s hard to capture that feeling in a photograph.
This morning I “harvested” my roses. So the dropping petals are my texture for today. By harvesting I mean a combination of dead heading and cutting the flowers and buds, for vases now and, if I stick to my intentions, drying petals for culinary use later. I saw a scrumptious looking recipe for scones that use rose petals and pistachios that I want to try.
I think there is a pretty good chance for a second wave: in Seattle one wouldn’t guess that we’re at the solstice, it’s pretty cool, although the promised rain hasn’t materialized in our part of town. Doesn’t feel much like summer, but it beats the heat wave elsewhere.
Any advice about other ways to cook with rose petals? I use rose water quite a bit but I’ve only seen the one recipe with petals in it.
Strawberry used to be a season around here. The farmer’s market on Sunday had lots of strawberries. Real ones: the little sweet ones that don’t travel well. I always feel strange buying strawberries out of season…and often regret i,t because they just don’t have the flavor of these little, local charmers with their dimples.
Is wet and cold a texture? It rained all day today and since it was below 40 degrees F most of the day it was pretty chilly too. I tried to capture the essence of this day with a picture:
Wet and unseasonably cold: notice the tight little flower buds, usually this tree is blooming by now, sometimes it will even have a flower or two in January. My umbrella is on the ground below because I couldn’t hold it and manage the camera. The raindrops on my lens are there because I couldn’t manage the umbrella, but I like the effect.
The day was fluffy because I took the pups up for “two-fer Tuesday” at the Wash Dog. So they are clean and fluffy for visiting Grandma tomorrow…all I have to do is keep them clean and dry-ish until then.
I remain enamored with moss. It is everywhere right now. The trees don’t have leaves yet and on a grey day the occasional ray of sunlight hits the moss causing it to glow as if lit from within. This gallery for Tuesdays of Texture is a sample of the mosses I’ve seen this week, in the city and in the woods.
Every so often something totally ordinary strikes a chord. Today while driving through the woods I was struck by the way the moss on the alder trees seemed illuminated. The scene was ordinary and yet spectacular. I couldn’t find a place to stop and I got home so late that I had to use a flash to get a clear picture.
I did get to the Gingerbread Village yesterday. This year the theme is the Harry Potter books. The village was amazing. Worth putting off getting my emissions test for. One very cool thing about it is to see all of the ways cookies, candies and crackers are used to create different textures. Here is a small sampler:
I was a good girl and got the emissions test done today. Not nearly as much fun.