Last month we spent a lovely couple of days in the west of Ireland with our good friends at The Sea Hare Café in Cleggan. We were there for a pop-up dinner with Glasgow-Diaz, an evening of delicious food, good company and even better chats.
The crudités were a plate of raw salads, vegetables and flowers that were gathered locally and served with warm Bagna Cáuda – an incredible dipping sauce made with anchovies and butter.
This delightful start to our evening included radish leaves and flowers, flowering brassicas, sprouting rocket, nasturtium leaves and flowers, leek flower buds and more! It was a lovely reminder to us of the abundance of produce available that we are either unaware that we can eat, such as flowers that might be growing in our garden or out in the wild, or simply forget that they can be a great addition to any lunch or dinner menu.
Meanwhile in west Cork, Sonia has just spent a couple of weeks enjoying freshly caught lobster and crab cooked over the fire on the beach, but also spent some time foraging calendula and camomile with our dear friends at Modern Botany, as well as seeing flax in all its glory, reaffirming our love for nature and its many benefits to us.
As a result, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite edible flowers that can be added as an addition to your salad, a garnish, as a decoration to any cake or dessert, or simply eaten on their own.
- Rapeseed flowers: found throughout the Irish countryside, the bright yellow flowers will add sunshine to any grey day and are often harvested to create oil, but the young shoots make a great addition to any salad.
- Fuchsia: Another gloriously bright flower, these taste their best when the stamen and all the green and brown bits have been removed.
– Nasturtium flowers: One of the ingredients on the menu from Glasgow Diaz, these add a peppery taste to any dish.
– Peony petals: Not only are these flowers stunning to look at the, the petals are a great addition to any salad, not only for their pretty colour, but their delicate taste too. These can be lightly cooked and sweetened for something a little different.
– Magnolia: We’ve talked about these in the past, and are still making our way through the jar of pickled leaves, although we’re not sure we ever want them to end, but these taste great fresh too.
The Ultra Skinny 10 x 200cm
The Skinny 20 x 200cm
The Single Large 75 x 150cm
The Double Long 30 x 200cm
The Travel Mask:
At this time we only produce in 1 size, Medium. Currently, we are NOT able to produce in Large due to production limitations during the COVID-19 lockdown. These are adult sizes only. We do not currently make masks for children.
We recommended mask size selection dimensions based on average face ratios. A women’s faces tends to be smaller than a man’s face so typically women will require a Medium and men will require a Large. We do recommend you check the size required by following our measuring guide below before ordering.
The dimensions of The Travel Mask are -
Medium: 23.5cm wide and 12.5cm high
Large: 26.5cm wide x 14.5cm high
So to select your size use this guide - with a measuring tape, measure the distance across the middle of your face over the tip of your nose to within 2cm from each ear. Next measure the distance between your chin to the bridge of your nose.
For Medium Travel masks -
Cross face measurements will be between 25cm and 28cm. Chin to the bridge of nose measurements will be between 10cm and 13cm.
For Large Travel Masks -
Cross face measurements will be between 28cm and 31cm. Chin to the bridge of nose measurements will be between 13cm and 16cm.