Moving to a new webhost

I’m moving The Floral Mixtress to a new web host. I’ve been using WordPress.com as my web host but it has certain limitations – you can’t use plug-ins (exciting wee gadgets – apps for your blog) and you are limited in the amount of traffic it can handle. I’ve moved my content over and am in the process of re-sizing all my photos and getting my theme sorted. In the meantime you can catch me on Facebook or Google+.

Salad Sprinkles: Tomato, Almond and Calendula Petal

Cropped Salad Sprinkles_tomato-almond-calendula

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

Nic’s Sunshine Sugar Scrub

Sunshine Sugar Scrub by The Floral Mixtress

This scrub is named for my friend Nic. She is a constant source of light and sweetness in my life. She sends me text messages with greetings like “Happy sunny Saturday angel” and “Hey hottie!!! You looked stunning last night.” A ‘Nic’ is a very good thing to have in your life t0 enjoy the good times with and is also wonderful for when boys are crap or you’ve had the worst EVER day at work. Nic is very good at getting INVOLVED. She works damn hard and also makes time to really listen to her friends, to get involved with her community and take part in a multitude of interesting things such as bicycle dance. She is a wee dynamo and I hope to grow old disgracefully with her. Continue reading

Mid-summer mixing: pot marigold, lavender and thyme

Lavandula angustifolia, Calendula offinicinalis and Thymus vulgaris

Clockwise from left: Lavandula angustifolia, Calendula officinalis and Thymus vulgaris

With the arrival of the new year has come mid-summer (the second month of summer as opposed to midsummer – the summer solstice). I’m on holiday and loving every single second of it. My day job really gets in the way of my pottering about with flowers (of course it funds it too). I will be off to Bali this week. I’m only taking carry-on luggage and it is mostly taken up with a camera so I can take beautiful photos of flowers for you… yes YOU my lovely. Continue reading

Moisturising Hibiscus Hair Gel

Moisturising Hibiscus Hair Gel 2 by The Floral Mixtress

I can’t recall ever meeting a woman who is happy with her hair. Women with the most glorious hair you have ever seen will complain about it. A colleague of mine who has the most lovely coppery wavy hair, which she can coax into loose ringlets, insists on getting blonde highlights and ironing it straight. When I am Queen of the World there will be a law against that sort of carry-on. Continue reading