Salad Sprinkles: Tomato, Almond and Calendula Petal

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Salad Sprinkles can be used to try to convince the non-vegetable lover that salads are delicious. Another use for them is to bump up the nutritional content of a salad. Now these salad sprinkles, sure they taste good and pack a decent nutritional punch but more importantly, look how damn pretty they are! Continue reading

Flavoured salt: smoked paprika and calendula

Flavoured Salt: Smoked Paprika and Calendula by The Floral Mixtress

Eating flowers is not all about eating their pretty little faces you know. Sure they make a plate look awful pretty but they also bring some serious nutrition to the table too. Calendula flowers are packed full of antioxidant constituents such as flavonoids and carotenoids. They also contain some vitamin C and phosphorus. If you’re using dried flowers they are unlikely to have much in the way of vitamin C  left (heat and oxygen will cause the vitamin C to break down) but the minerals, flavonoids and carotenoids should still be present. Continue reading

Miss Mel’s Oat and Chamomile Cleanser

Miss Mel's Oat and Chamomile Cleanser by The Floral Mixtress

Miss Mel celebrated her birthday with a delightful lunch at Piha on Auckland’s rugged west coast. We sat outside on a flawless summer’s day with a view of the jagged green hills surrounding the beach  and ate brioche french toast with bacon and bananas. YUM. Oh french toast how I love your soft and crispy goodness.

I gave her a small gift of an oat and chamomile cleanser and have been riddled with gift giver’s panic ever since. Continue reading

Pug and gardenia love

“Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?” David Bader

The other day I picked fistfuls of gardenia and hydrangeas. If I could smell only two things for the rest of my life I would be happy if they were gardenias and hydrangeas. I could go back and forth between the heavy intoxicating perfume of gardenia and the light  fresh eau de toilette of hydrangeas.

Gardenia by The Floral Mixtress Continue reading