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

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