Sunday, September 19, 2010

Summary of Summer: Fragrances and Flavours


Just by the building that gives all the services possible to bathers of Sunset Beach, there grows this mysterious little tree, with the most intensely smelling flowers. They look a little like jasmine, but smell like honeysuckle. Their scent intensifies around sunset and after dark, and makes saying goodbye to the beach even harder every evening!


Here here: a less brighter image of the cafe at Sunset Beach. The closest swimming beach to my house, albeit probably not the cleanest... It's never too crowded, and always very peaceful - which is what I love most about it. I was able to not only contemplate on my Orcas perfume there, but also swim alongside a seal!

Red currants in the West End Farmers' Market: these actually taste awful, if you ask me. Kinda bland and sour with an unpleasant aftertaste. No wonder why the mostly cook them into jelly! Black currants, on the other hand, have a much stronger aroma, probably less agreeable, but I love them. Go figure...

Afternoon tea @ Noriko's: these are Yuzu Imo Yokan (these are jelly-like consistency sweets to accompany tea). She served them, of course, with the most flavourful Japanese green tea - it had no additives, yet had a peach or osmanthus-like character!

Noriko also gave us these miniature sour plum & shiso rice crackers, which are absolutely adorable...

Rosemary and two types of seaweed at Sunset Beach. There is a whole bush of rosemary there, and it is going to play a big role in a perfume I'm working on called Orcas, which I've been blogging about throughout this summer...


Just a bunch of (dead) crabs...


Zucchini flowers: my first time trying them this summer. One time I stuffed them with rice and baked them in olive oil. They turned out fantastically crisp and delicious.
Other time, I stuffed them with herbie soft cheese and sauteed them in olive oil, they did not hold their shape as well as with the rice, but were just as if not more yummy, and a very nice addition to a summer salad!

Angel's Trumpet: by night time, these trumpets are like a feast for your nose. All you need to do it place it in the trumpet and inhale the candy-like, heliotropin citrus and flowery perfume of this datura type of flower.
Hard to believe it belongs to the same family as tomato, pepper and eggplant!

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6 Comments:

At September 19, 2010 9:56 PM, Anonymous Scent Hive said...

A,

That tree looks like a Glory Bower. We have two in our front yard. They smell amazing!!

~Trish

 
At September 20, 2010 4:55 AM, Blogger Lucy said...

I think the planting of rosemary bushes everywhere should be encouraged. What a great thing to have around at the edge of a beach!

 
At September 20, 2010 6:55 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Trish,
Thanks for the hint - it might be it, but I'm not 100% sure (judging only by the images that pop up in google images for that name).

Lucy,
Didn't know you are such a rosemary lover!
It's nice to find them and than bake them with potatoes and vegetables...
The lifeguards at Sunset Beach make tea out of it. I've never had rosemary tea myself but it can't be worse than sage tea, can it?

 
At September 20, 2010 12:36 PM, Anonymous Scent Hive said...

Here's a link to the kind we have. There are three pics at the top, click on the one at the left, and it's what the blossoms look like in August. The other two pictures are of their really cool berries that come out in the fall.

http://www.bluebellnursery.com/catalogue/trees/Clerodendron/C/714

 
At September 20, 2010 12:38 PM, Anonymous Scent Hive said...

I meant to say the pic on the right, LOL

And here's a short link, the other one doesn't seem to be working.

http://bit.ly/c2v9dM

 
At September 20, 2010 3:50 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Trish,
Thanks for the link.
It's definitely similar - but I think the leaves of "my" tree are much bigger.
Could be a slightly different variety - or something else altogether. The flower is strikingly similar though!

 

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