Recently one of my recipes was reblogged by the lovely Cjdelgrosso. It felt so nice to be appreciated and recognised in that way and reminded me about the super ‘reblog’ button at the top of wordpress.com. Then, this morning I stumbled upon this wonderful blog post by The Botanical Baker (Urvashi from The Great British Bake Off!) – an excellent and wonderful post about ways to resuse your roses after Valentine’s Day. Recycling your roses – brilliant! I shall definitely be trying some of these tips. So I really recommend that you check it out!
If you received a beautiful bunch of roses for Valentine’s Day, they should still be going strong. If they are starting to wilt, re-cut the stems on a diagonal and then pop them back into a squeaky clean vase with freshwater. You only need about 2 inches worth of water. Any more than this will make the stems go soggy more quickly.
Personally I’m itching to get at my roses and make some rose oil and syrup! They have been used for centuries for their aesthetic appeal but they have very practical uses for our general well-being too. Rose oils are used in aromatherapy to relive stress and also as part of skin care routines for dry or ageing skins. I realise now why my elderly Indian aunties smell of roses!
They are edible and I’ve been asked lots of questions about them this week – a lady actually stopped me in…
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