Petal and Potato Omelette
Now this really is an unusual dish! If you’ve spent a day gardening then this is absolutely perfect for you. Intrigued? Then read on!
This dish is not just simple and quick to cook, it also makes your efforts in the garden well worthwhile as it makes good use of weeds and flowers. This recipe is enough for two if served with a salad or even chips/fries if you’ve been working particularly hard in the garden and want to replenish all those calories you’ve burnt off!!! It’s ideal for my green fingered vegetarian friends out there too. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to cook and is an ideal way to use up unused cooked potatoes or, if you can’t be bothered to peel potatoes and cook them then just use tinned new potatoes instead.
4 large eggs
2 medium sized potatoes
2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
1 handful fresh dandelions
If necessary, salt and pepper for seasoning
1 handful fresh chrysanthemum flowers
50 g (2 oz) parmesan cheese
Peel and slice the potatoes, boil them in salted water until they’re just cooked but still firm. Drain and leave to one side.
Cut the dandelion flower as close to the head as possible and remove the stems and sepals – the green bit between the stem and the petals that holds the yellow petals together.
Remove the chrysanthemum flower heads and immerse them into a bowl of clean, cold water and set aside.
Finely chop the shallots and cook them gently in the oil in a frying pan/skillet until they’re translucent.
Add the potatoes and cook until they’re lightly browned and then add the dandelion petals.
Put the grill/broiler on to heat.
Beat the eggs together and then pour them into the frying pan/skillet to cover the potatoes, shallots and dandelions.
Leave the underside to cook for a few minutes until the egg mixture starts to firm up a bit and then place the pan under the grill/broiler to set the slightly undercooked egg on top.
Sprinkle the fresh chrysanthemum petals over the top and then grate some fresh parmesan cheese on top of that.
The recipe recommends that the omelette is served with fresh salad leaves but it also suggests you may want to put some fresh pansy or viola flowers on the top if you really want to go to town and make use of your flowers!