4 thoughts on “Plum Good Recipe Contest!

  1. Sharon Beck
    August 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Dear Jennie,

    First I would like to know more about your suggestion to use edible flowers to decorate a wedding cake. I love the idea and was wondering if you had a prior post on edible flowers.

    Second, I would like to say that I made your “Avocado Velvet” yesterday as a test for my friend who is going through Chemo Therapy. I’m learning a lot about Chemo and the problem of eating food and being able to keep it down. Apparently the recommendation is to eat cold foods because there is little scent in cold foods. And since nothing taste good to her anyway, the best is something bland but high in calories.

    What could be better for you and have the necessary calories than an avocado? And your recipe met the “cold” recommendation also. I left out the mint, (any sort of scent is a put off for her) and blueberries because I wanted to see if the basic taste of the avocado would be palatable to her.

    For me, it was so delicious that it almost felt like a sin to leave a morsel of it inside the processor. Yet the taste is sooo subtle. Anyway, she had it for lunch and said it was good. For any food to get a “it tasted good” rating from someone going through Chemo, well…you just have no idea how wonderful that was to hear.

    Your book “Farmers Market Desserts” is the favorite of all my cookbooks.

    Sharon Beck

    1. August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm

      I do not have a post on edible flowers, but lots of flowers are edible! You just want to be careful to either grow them yourself without chemicals, or to purchase them from a florist who can assure you that they are neither sprayed nor treated with chemicals. And of course you will want to use only varieties that are safe to eat. Sampling them would also be in order, to make sure you like the way they taste, if they are to be eaten.

      A few varieties that are nice to use are rose, borage, certain geraniums, nasturtium, pansies, and violets. Do a little research online and you will find many others.

      I am delighted that your friend liked the Avocado Velvet. It is indeed very mild and simple, and delightfully full of healthy calories. Avocados are enjoyed as a fruit (which they are!) in much of the world, and so are made into desserts. If this one provides a little sustenance and comfort to your friend, that is a very good thing, indeed.


  2. Carol Benson
    August 2, 2010 at 3:56 am

    I hope there is a contest for pear recipes, I’ll be having dozens and dozens ..

    1. August 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      Carol, if you sign up for Food52 they will notify you when they have a new contest. No doubt there will be something with pears in the fall. You must have some early ripening varieties — what are they? Wish I was close enough to bake something with them with you!

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