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Rose flavored anything

jillp Apr 6, 2009 06:24 PM

Years ago, Jackp and I had a wonderful lunch in Paris that concluded with some financiers and an exquisite bite of rose-flavored ice cream. It's one of those happy memories I cherish.

A few minutes ago I had a sip of wine that had a delightful flavor of rose and it made me want to enjoy something with rose as a component again.

Aside from carrot salad flavored with rosewater, does anyone have a suggestion?

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    caviar_and_chitlins RE: jillp Apr 6, 2009 06:36 PM

    There's a company called Harvest Song from Armenia that makes a Tea Rose preserve that's bewitching.

    1. kattyeyes RE: jillp Apr 6, 2009 06:41 PM

      Did you see the recent "Desserts with rosewater?" thread?

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        Fleur RE: jillp Apr 7, 2009 12:23 AM

        MARIAGE FRERES in Paris makes a gorgeous Bulgarian Rose scented Tea.

        MF is available on the net, and at many Gourmet shops in the States.

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          dct RE: jillp Apr 7, 2009 08:37 AM

          Epicurious has a Persian Love Cake that is delicious. The flavors are saffron, cardamom and rosewater.

          A friend of mine make a rosewater peanut dish--it's a not too sweet, a little odd, a little addictive. If you are interested I can ask her for the recipe.

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            ziggylu RE: dct Apr 7, 2009 09:12 AM

            dct, I would love to see that peanut recipe if your friend wouldn't mind sharing it!

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            ziggylu RE: jillp Apr 7, 2009 09:11 AM

            One of my favorite uses for rosewater is Claudia Roden's Pistachio Cake(though I guess pistachios might be a problem right now. boohoo). http://www.bakingandbooks.com/2007/07...

            Also, there' s a place to us that makes a rosewater champagne cocktail I like quite a bit with rose champagne and rose water.

            1. jeni1002 RE: jillp Apr 7, 2009 09:26 AM

              One of my best childhood memories is my grandmother's rose petal preserves. Amazon sells a few varieties of rose petal jams, jellies, and preserves.

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                Cinnamon RE: jeni1002 May 8, 2009 09:24 PM

                Rose preserves are gorgeous microwaved till warm and then used as a topping for rose ice cream... which here in L.A. I think of as Persian. There's a deli here that makes fresh rose ice cream (rosewater), similar orange blossom too.

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                  karykat RE: Cinnamon May 9, 2009 02:49 PM

                  This reminds me of something our persian inlaws sometimes do. Take a high quality vanilla ice cream, add some rose water and cardomom and pistachios. And you have a wonderful persian ice cream. I bet the rose preserves would be good in that or on that too.

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                    junglekitte RE: karykat May 9, 2009 04:48 PM

                    I LOVE ice cream like that! I live close to many Persian markets that sell it already made with rose/cardamom/pistachio/saffron...but that's a nice and even more fresh idea to mix it in your favorite vanilla! Heavenly!

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                Etsweiler RE: jillp May 8, 2009 01:26 PM

                I can get nice rose petal preserves at a Palestinian market on the north side of Ann Arbor. A spoonful on top of cold drained yogurt is a refreshing Summer dessert.

                1. auburnselkie RE: jillp May 8, 2009 01:41 PM

                  Epicurious also has a rosewater angel food cake that I made a couple of years ago for a friend. The rose flavor is subtle, but definitely there. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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                    Kagey RE: jillp May 9, 2009 03:08 AM

                    Don't forget rose flavored Turkish Delight!

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                      GeeBeeEmm RE: Kagey May 9, 2009 01:47 PM

                      Hee - Kagey: That reminds me of the time I went and procured some rose-flavored Turkish Delight for a prop for my 5th grader's production of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" The kids tried it and recoiled. One kid exclaimed "It tastes like old-lady perfume!"

                      I suppose it's an acquired taste.

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                        Kagey RE: GeeBeeEmm May 11, 2009 04:48 AM

                        That's funny. The first time I tried it I thought it tasted like lipstick!

                    2. junglekitte RE: jillp May 9, 2009 04:53 PM

                      Also Malabi aka Muhullabiya, Muhallebici, etc, etc, etc. A cornstarch (or rice flour) pudding that you can either add rose water to it or some places I've eaten it make a rose syrup to put on top of the pudding that has been chilled, topped with crushed pistachios and fine coconut. Yum!
                      I recently bought a delicious rose syrup that I keep meaning to make Malabi with!

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                        acme RE: jillp May 9, 2009 07:10 PM

                        You might to try Rose Food Essence made by SAC; I purchased it at Patel Brothers in Chicago. I used it in a lamb cake I made at Easter but beware, a little goes a long way. The cake had a delicate, rosy aroma that everyone commented on; it was delightful.

                        1. Peg RE: jillp May 10, 2009 07:52 AM

                          Hendricks gin has a distinct rose petal flavour to it.

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                            zamorski RE: jillp May 10, 2009 05:49 PM

                            I make a rose panna cotta (just plain old panna cotta with high quality rosewater to taste, plus a little red food colour).

                            1. alanbarnes RE: jillp May 10, 2009 06:14 PM

                              Watch "Like Water for Chocolate," then try making this dish for your significant other. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. (Note: the original recipe used quail; the adaptation calls for a chicken. I think it would be better with quail.)

                              1/2 dozen red rose buds
                              1/2 cup of slivered almonds
                              2 garlic cloves
                              2 tablespoons of butter
                              2 tablespoons honey
                              2 tablespoons cornmeal
                              2 tablespoons anis

                              Chop the roses into small pieces and grind in blender with the almonds and garlic. Melt the butter and add honey. Stir the rose, garlic and almond mixture into the honey and butter. Add the cornmeal and anis. The mixture will be a thick paste. Use a spoon to spread onto the chicken. Bake the chicken as usual, basting if the coating gets too dry. The rose petals and anise will infuse the chicken with wonderful flavor.

                              Use additional rose buds or petals as a garnish when presenting the chicken.

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                                cimui RE: jillp May 11, 2009 04:22 AM

                                I recently had a rose petal prawn dish at a restaurant in Shanghai, which you might find interesting. Here's an approximate recipe from a different, Hong Kong-based chef:

                                "The backbone is the homemade rose-petal oil, created by soaking fresh and dried petals in warm olive oil for three to four hours until the oil absorbs the fragrance and subtle flavor of the petals. He used the oil to create one of his favorite dishes, sauteed fresh prawns infused with rose-petal oil. The prawn is first cooked with ginger and spring onion, then fried with butter and the rose oil, and garnished with rose petals."


                                1. alkapal RE: jillp Jun 4, 2009 02:14 AM

                                  look at this gorgeous cupcake from chockylit's blog:
                                  pistachio cupcake with rose petal frosting

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                                    buttertart RE: alkapal Jun 5, 2009 10:29 AM

                                    Those are gorgeous. I should have bought the bag of dried rosebuds I saw in a Chinese supermarket here recently!

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