VL Hamiltons’ quote on blogging “stay true to yourself”; thank you VL.
What can I say how can I sum up this awesome experience? Well lets start at the beginning.
The day before I found out that my debit card was compromised and the money I saved to go was gone.
Through my faith in my purpose and the help of good friends and family, I was on my way at 5 am.
The train ride was comfortable and gave me a chance to touch base with teatra.der The Purrfect Cup via tweets.
I arrived with plenty of time at the 30th street station to get to my scheduled 8 am class and asked the ladies at the information desk how far away was the convention center and could I walk.
They suggested I take the SEPTA the local rail line.
The close of this sale was that it was FREE, and with my concern regarding funds this was right up my alley.
The conductor was very helpful and made sure I got off at my destination. I was unaware of the fact that although I was close, the convention center was several blocks away. My trek began with luggage in hand.
Upon arriving at the building I tried several entryways none were open. Apparently I was at the new building and the expo was at the old building.
More walking “whew” the time had ticked away and when I finally arrived it was 8:10 and I was late for the seminar. I was lucky that the presenter had a long introduction and when I got there the slide presentation was just beginning.
The seminar “There’s a Flower In My Soup: All About Edible Flowers” hosted by Susan Peterson owner of Teaberry’s Tea Room, Flemington, NJ.
My interest in this topic comes from both expanding my cooking repertoire and for my second children’s book “The World’s Special Tea, A Children’s Book Of Herbal Tea”.
Susan was a wonderful presenter. Her passion for the topic was evident. She approached the topic explaining: which flowers were safe to eat, gave us ideas on adding creative touches to meals, discussed how to grow a kitchen garden and reminding us about the use of organic ingredients for growth, gave us handouts of several recipes, and an overview of how to conduct an edible flower tasting.
She combined history and time frames when adding flowers to food were the norm and when it was chic.
Susan placed the flowers into category groupings; sweet, vegetable/fruit, herbal, mild.
She had samplings of a variety of cakes and cookies which were made with flowers and offset these with a selection of floral teas.
One of the offerings Garden Of Earl Grey, was also included as a take home sample. More information to follow.
I will say as floral teas are not high in my tea selection choices, I was happy I got the opportunity to sample a few.
I am now convinced I have not missed anything as I am still not fond of them.
I do see the value of adding them to certain recipes for a special effect.
Having these so early in the morning led me to immediately go to the expo floor and search out a strong pu-reh.
My favorite recipe was the Strewing Salad which I will prepare and share my version with you in a later post.
Susan also mentioned books that could be purchased on the topic for future reading, one of her choices “Edible Flowers”; by author, Cathy Wilson Barash.
Overall I was very impressed by the seminar. I just wished there were more time and an opportunity to create some recipes ourselves. I also got the opportunity to speak to Susan and her daughter afterwards they are lovely ladies.
Later this week my posts will describe my additional experiences at the World Tea East Expo and will include:
The Expo Environment; Meeting Old and New Friends; What I Ate (Specialties).
All in all, World Tea East was so worth the trip and the hassles were minimal in comparison to the rewards.
Thanks for reading.