Comments on: A Recipe From the Crease of my Right Eye Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:49:29 +0000 hourly 1 By: Danielle Fri, 04 Jan 2008 13:09:57 +0000 Laura emailed me with her entry. The photo will be in the roundup. She wrote:

Hi Danielle,

Ok, I’m a day later than I promised, but we did it, so I’m
sending it along.

The quote, from “The Tale of the Lizard’s Lesson, continued”

“Oh! Roses are very interesting, are they not? Did you know
that if you feed one nothing but sugar water and a mash of
honeybees, it becomes sweet and thick enough to be fried for
sandwiches, like boar meat or fish? We have lunched on rose and leek sandwiches for most of this seaon!”

The recipe:

Rose and Leek Fried Sandwiches (makes 2 sandwiches)

1 tsp butter
2 small leeks, diced and rinsed
1 large white rose, petals only (wash with a commercial
vegetable wash if not from someone’s garden. Supermarkets don’t expect you to eat it, so it’s probably covered in pesticides.)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp rosewater
1/2 tsp honey

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup water
one half of a lightly beaten egg

For sandwiches
4 thin slices of sturdy bread
oil for frying

In the butter, saute the leeks until they start to caramelize. Add the rose petals and cook until wilted. Remove from heat. Add the rosewater, honey, salt and pepper.

In a deep pan, heat enough oil to float one sandwich. (I used a very small but deep saucepan – doesn’t need to be big, only deep.)

For the batter, sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Add egg and water and whisk until smooth. Test the oil with a drop of batter. When the batter rises to the top of the oil and browns, oil is ready.

Fill two slices of bread with the rose and leek filling and close the sandwiches with the other two slices. Secure the sandwiches with toothpicks. (I used five on a fairly small sandwich, and the filling still had a tendency to sneak out the sides.)

Dip the sandwich into the batter so it is completely covered. Drop sandwich into hot oil. Fry until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels as you remove the toothpicks. Cut in half and serve.


To be perfectly honest, I was expecting a more rose-y flavor, particularly as I’d added rosewater to combat the fact that my rose was a supermarket rose. (Hey, it’s the middle of winter.) The sandwiches weren’t bad but mostly tasted like fried. My tasting panel of four gave it one thumbs up, two shrugs and one thumbs down from the guy who doesn’t like roses or fried food (big surprise). Were I to do it again, I might double the amount of honey, use two roses, and double the rosewater. I’d also use much thinner slices of bread.

By: Torrey Mon, 10 Dec 2007 16:02:49 +0000 Here’s my entry:

It’s a modification of a Christmas cookie standard in my family.

By: Danielle Wed, 05 Dec 2007 21:07:32 +0000 Elizabeth – It doesn’t have to be your own recipe. Please do submit your dish!

By: Elizabeth Wed, 05 Dec 2007 20:02:24 +0000 I haven’t read the books either, but I recently cooked a dish that perfectly evokes that Middle Eastern spice-infused ethos! Does it have to be my own recipe to include it? Sadly I could not have come up with something that tasty on my own…

By: Danielle Mon, 03 Dec 2007 15:43:54 +0000 Sophie – Absolutely, please do!

By: Sophie Mon, 03 Dec 2007 15:22:41 +0000 Hi, I haven’t read the books but your description made me think of something that my mother makes for the Christmas period. With, a small addition of spices it could match the “aroma” of the books. Of course, I am not excactly inspired by the books because I haven’t read them but I am inspired by your post. So, can I participate?

By: Mrs.W Fri, 30 Nov 2007 00:47:56 +0000 What a brilliant idea for a foodblogging event. Not only am I intrigued by your description of the books, but also how to translate that to a dish. Really quite inspiring!

By: Katie Sat, 17 Nov 2007 17:07:43 +0000 I’ve never heard of the books – the sound very intriguing – something to put on my Amazon wish list.
Living in the backwaters of France I’m a bit out of the loop when it comes to reading material….
I’ll think about the food….

By: gretchen Fri, 16 Nov 2007 23:58:25 +0000 I love this idea. I will experiment and send in the results.

By: Josh Jasper Fri, 16 Nov 2007 22:31:33 +0000 Edible gems. I’ll never know how to make them like that, but oh, can imagine the taste.