help! ate some delicious flowers, don't know their names...
...at Le Petit Vatel in Paris' 5th. Their vegetable plate had these fantastic purple and yellow flowers sprinkled on top that gave off a wonderful aroma. I asked what they were, but the hostess didn't know in English. My butchered memory of what she called them in french was "bleuex" and "cioucix" or something like that. Thoughts?
Would they look like this?
If so, here what I know about "capucines" (Nasturtium):
"Capucines" were made popular in cooking with Alain Passard's "moules de bouchot à la fleur de capucine". The chef of l'Arpège created a dish where the commonly used saffron was replaced with Capucine flowers to flavour the mussels.
If you do a Google image search with "bleuet" (centaurea cyanus)
and "souci" (calendula officinalis)
, you can check if the picture matches what you ate. If yes, a French-English dictionary should help you find the right flower.
I'm sorry, I don't know the English names of these flowers.
Otherwise, in French restaurants usually the edible flowers are "capucines". Don't know what it is in English, again.
Hope this helps.