CULINARY GARDEN ART



With time on their hands thousands of people around the world have found comfort in baking and sharing their activity on social media. Seasoned bakers and people who never dreamed of baking bread are engrossed in developing unique strains of sourdough, grinding heirloom grains and crafting amazing loaves including the Italian flatbread called focaccia.

In Ancient Rome, panis focacius was a flat bread baked on the hearth. The word is derived from the Latin focus meaning "hearth, place for baking”. The basic recipe using yeast and olive oil may have originated with the Etruscans, but today it is widely associated with Ligurian cuisine.

Focaccia presents a great canvas for decorating with an infinite number of edible items. Lauren May, an Appalachian teacher, gardener and baker in Kentucky, has a marvelous website and Instagram account, that highlight incorporation of herbs and flowers from her garden in a wide variety of baked goods including focaccia. See: https://www.mustloveherbs.com and https://www.instagram.com/mustloveherbs/

Here is her Gardener’s Focaccia with herb infused dough covered in edible flowers and herbs from the garden. You can spot Calendula, Nasturtiums, Pansies, Cornflowers, Squash Blossoms, Basil, Chives, and Rosemary. The recipe is on her website.


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