As you may have guessed I'm a
"little bit of a crazy"
when it comes to flowers...
I love all varieties, shapes and sizes
I'm not picky
and I'll try just about anything in
an arrangement at least once
well, maybe not poison ivy!
This year in the vegetable garden I planted leeks...
I wanted leeks to eat and sauté
but I was secretly hoping they would blossom
and they did!
These are little globes of
The flowers are pretty large actually...around 3 to 4 inches across
tinged with a bit of purple and lime green
I picked these just before I harvested the leeks and they have already lasted about a week
in this arrangement of old milk bottles
The flowers that had not opened when I cut these,
are now fully in bloom...
which was another surprise
I have planted Allium bulbs in the past, in my perennial beds, which are ornamental and not edible,
but honestly, these are just as pretty
and you get the benefit of the edible leeks as well
Two for the price of one!!!
now onto the
"vegetables as art"
part of this story
About 10 years ago I purchased this cookbook (originally publish in 1996)
and it changed the way I look at the beauty of vegetables
I am a HUGE fan of Alice Waters
and her cooking style
Alice and her staff have been the innovative force behind the
"farm to table" philosophy and style of cooking
in her landmark Berkeley California restaurant
Anyone who is interested in cooking, organic farming and home gardening
has heard of Alice Waters
She embraces the art of French cooking and was a friend and peer
of the legendary Julia Child
She has supported her local community of farmers and growers
from San Diego to the Oregon Border and beyond in search of
of interesting and beautiful fresh produce,
poultry, fish and charcuterie
"Alice Waters and her suppliers share the belief
that optimal flavor and environmental harmony go hand in hand"
When I purchased this book, primarily for the recipes, it was actually the art work
that left me so in love with this cookbook
all of the art included in this book is the work of Patricia Curtan, print maker,
designer and long time collaborator at Chez Panisse
Patricia works with linoleum blocks or Linotype on a very old printing press. She studied the art of printmaking and letter press early on in her collaboration with Alice
which resulted in a collection of amazing menus
these are just some of the beautiful interpretations of garden vegetables
throughout this wonderful book
she manages to take the humble butternut squash
and make it a package of gold
and here are the simple and beautiful leek blossoms that have found their way
into my love of
honest and simple flower arrangements
much more to come...vegetables are beautiful !