Monmouthshire Food Festival likes to bring you something different and this year Kitchen Flowers are joining us for the first time with a range of floral jellies and vinegars.
Kitchen Flowers make a range of floral jellies and vinegars with flowers from their own garden and made in their home country kitchen will be at the Monmouthshire Food Festival this year.
With a couple of acres, a passion for gardening, and looking for a way to make the garden pay for its upkeep, Lucy began experimenting with edible flowers.
Kitchen Flowers was born in April 2013 with a range of 3 jellies; Rose Petal Jelly, Lavender Jelly and Elderflower Jelly. At the very first market attended they were approached to stock a local delicatessen and are now regular attendees at events and food festivals such as Monmouthshire Food Festival.
The jellies can be used as a sweet jam or as a condiment for various meats and cheeses. Lavender, in particular goes well with a goat’s cheese or the elderflower with mature cheddar. The elderflower jelly is also used by a local pig farmer and sausage maker, Pork & 2 Veg, in his award winning Pork & Elderflower sausage.
The range has now expanded to include versatile floral vinegars – Chive Flower & Nasturtium, delicious on roasted vegetables or as a salad vinaigrette, and Lemon Scented Pelargonium & Calendula which goes well with white fish.
Lucy is also developing a new range of dried floral herb rubs. The herb rubs compliment Quorn, fish, meats and cheeses but can also be used in rice and pasta dishes.
The products are homemade in a home country kitchen, in small quantities to maintain exceptional quality. However, each batch is subtly different due to the floral ingredients varying slightly. This is due to the oil content of the flowers which can vary because of different weather conditions throughout the growing season and also from season to season.
All of the flowers used in the vinegars are home-grown as well as the lavender in the lavender jelly. A proportion of the rose petals are also home grown. Newly planted rose hedges are establishing quickly with the aim of being fully self-sufficient in the next year.
The remaining floral ingredients are sourced from a reputable local supplier and Fairtrade sugars are used in all the products.
For more information: monmouthshirefoodfestival.co.uk