I'm Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh growing herbs is a passion I've had for more than 20 years now. The Backyard Patch is my own herb business started in 1995. I specialize in fresh, amazing, organic blended herbs. Those for cooking, tea and bath -- and they are all home-grown and hand-blended. In the last 20 years I have gained a knowledge of herbs and their flavors that I share here.
I have celebrated presidents in the past in February but I thought this year I would celebrate Martha Washington. Martha Dandridge Custis married George Washington in 1759, was born
June 13, 1731.
She is known for a few rather poignant quotes:
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our
dispositions and not on our
circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one
other about with us in our minds
wherever we go.
I am fond of only what comes from the heart.
rarer image of young Martha Washington
Martha was also a normal 1700s housewife with books of recipes and notes for keeping a household. This example is for Honey of Roses is more of a honey infused with roses. The intensity of the flavor from changing the rose as suggested would make this a wonderful flavoring and probably a good treatment for skin.
Martha Washington's Recipe for Honey of Roses
Take a pinte of honey, boyle & scum it, & add as many bruised leaves of red roses buds (ye whites being cut of) as you may easily stir in. Yn cover it close & boyle ye pot in water, till you think ye goodness of the roses is in ye honey. Then change ye roses once or twice in ye same manner, & at ye last, strayn out ye roses & keep it for yr use.
Her recipe is is bit more involved than mine, but I think you can get the same wonderful aroma and flavor with a simpler recipe. The key is to make sure your roses have not been sprayed or treated with pesticides.
Rose Petal Honey
1 cup lightly packed rose petals—organic, pesticide free, rinsed
& air dried
1 cup light honey—choose a nice, thick one if you can
Warm the honey in a hot water bath until it is easily
pourable. Pack the rose petals into a 1 pint mason jar. Pour honey on top,
stopping to rap the bottom of the jar on the counter to knock out air bubbles
and make room for more honey. Once the jar is full, cap it and set it on a
Flip the jar once or twice a day to combine. Enjoy after at
least a week, but leave the rose petals in the honey—they’re delicious, and the
flavor will just get stronger
Use on hot buttered toasted tea cakes or just plain toast.
Stir into oatmeal, or for if you are feeling adventuresome, drizzle over your
lovers body and indulge.