Surrounded by nature all around, it would be ridiculous not to use nature’s gifts that are presented on the door steps here.
We’ve been coming here to Hardine to help fix our friend’s house since March.
I’ve witnessed how nature changed from its idle state of slumber to its vibrant blossom and now with its lively greenery. It evolved with every passing week. It is fascinating seeing how silently nature worked to emerge those buds from the lifeless limbs of wood then for those buds to become blossoms and leaves.
Across the doorstep from where we were staying is this large bush of roses – Ward Jouri to be precise. It is the the roses used to make the famous rose water. The fragrance hits me every morning and much like Jean-Baptiste in Perfume I HAD AN URGE to preserve this fragrance and store it for later.
It was my first time that I tried cooking with flowers. But ever since I’ve been surrounded with nature, I’ve been adding it to my food. It shows in my recent posts
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Rose Petal Jam
4 cups rose petals
3.5 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp rosewater (optional)
Pick the freshest most fragrant roses, or buy them when in season
Wash and dry the rose petals making sure to get rid of insects. Rub with 2 cups of sugar in a bowl and leave covered with cling film in the fridge overnight Put a small saucer in the freezer to test the thickness of the jam
In a pot, bring the water and the remaining sugar to a simmer until the sugar completely dissolves in the water. Add the lemon juice then the rose petals and simmer on medium low heat for 20 minutes stirring occasionally
Put the fire on medium high for 5 minutes for the jam to thicken. To test it, spoon a drop over the saucer from the freezer. If it hardens towards the edges and crinkles when pushed, then it’s done. If not, boil for a minute or two
If you feel that your roses aren’t fragrant enough, add some rosewater towards the end to avoid losing its scent
Pour in sterilized jars in the cabinet. Once opened, keep refrigerated
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Oh man !! I’m sooo jealous … I wish i could get some fragrant rose petals ! I would love to make rosewater ! Lucky you hisham 😀
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