Yes, that is an edible flower. The extreme lengths I go to to make things pretty for you!
The Beauty Sanctuary will always primarily be dedicated to all things beauty but I like to mix it up every once in a while and share other things I love. Most families have a ‘famous dish’ and the dishes I’ve grown up with have been cooked by my mum and are very Mediterranean based. I think I’m really lucky to have been brought up with a wide variety of really good food cooked by a woman who knows what she’s doing but if I had to pick just 3 dishes that I have learnt from my mum and will make throughout the rest of my life, they would be gazpacho, cataplana ( a Portuguese seafood stew) and Paella. I go through phases of liking and disliking paella….I don’t like it with meat, just seafood! My favourite is probably gazpacho so here is my take on it! Gazpacho is a chilled, vegetarian, tomato based soup originating from Spain. I would just like to point out that I am a MASSIVE fan of butter, cream, pastry and basically anything with tons of butter and cream in it so I’m not in to all this healthy eating, chia seed rubbish but this soup is extremely healthy, extremely tasty and I absolutely love it.
There is no cooking involved, all you need to do is put the following ingredients in to a blender, pour in to your bowl and enjoy! (Based on serving for 2 people):
- Around 4-5 fresh tomatoes
- 1/2 tin of tomatoes or passata
- 1 red pepper
- 1/2 a cucumber
- 2 slices bread (preferably stale bread to add more texture)
- 2 cloves garlic (peeled)
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tsp salt (I usually use 2 tsp because I am a salt fiend)
Notes: I keep the skin on everything (tomatoes, cucumber) etc but if you don’t want the skin on then feel free to peel away to your heart’s desire! I also add whatever is lying around so for this, I used a bit of lime, chilli and coriander but you can use whatever you want.
What are your favourite family recipes/dishes that remind you of your childhood or when you were growing up? I’d love to know! Jess x