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Tulip Travel Inspirations

I’d love to travel to Amsterdam to experience a full-blown tulip season. However, the second best thing is to bring Amsterdam home, and then, once harvested, have multiple uses of the beautiful flower. In a vase, on a plate…

IMPORTANT: If you have any form of a skin reaction or allergy when touching Tulips, do not consume them.

Tulips are not only edible flowers, but they also come in different tastes. I’ll get to that after the recipe.

Today’s inspiration is to fill Tulip flowers with chocolate mousse. And this is how you go about it…

Flowers heal me; Tulips make me happy

Stuffed Tulips with Chocolate Mouse

Fine Dining!

Tulip Recipes

Course: Dessert

You will need...

  • 140 gram Chocolate Dark & chopped. (5 ounces)
  • ¼ cup Coffee Freshly brewed. Use it at room temperature.
  • ¾ cup Cream It must be heavy cream and chilled.
  • Tulip flowers – As many as you need to fill for your guests. Try to get organic ones that are free of pesticides.
  • 3 Eggs The egg yolks and whites must be separated.
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
Tulips and Chocolate Recipe

Preparing the Tulip Flowers

  • Carefully remove the pistil and stamen from each flower. (A tweezer works very well.)
  • Gently rinse the flowers. You don’t want to crush them, but you need to get rid of any pollen to avoid heartburn.

Instructions

  1. Use only a ½ cup of the cream, and whip it until it has firm peaks. Cover and put it back into the refrigerator.
  2. Put a small amount of water in a large saucepan. Bring it to simmer.
  3. Put a heat-resistant bowl on top and add the coffee, egg yolks, salt, and sugar.
  4. Whisk the ingredients for about 1 minute. By now the color of the mixture should be lighter and the volume should have increased.
  5. It’s time to add the chopped dark chocolate. Mix until the chocolate is completely melted.
  6. Remove the bowl from the heat and let the chocolate mixture cool down to room temperature.
  7. Once at room temperature, you can proceed to whisk the egg whites until they have firm peaks.
  8. Bring the whipped cream out from the refrigerator.
  9. Fold the egg whites and the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture, ever so gently.
  10. Once it’s folded through evenly, place the mouse in the refrigerator for about 2 to 3 hours.
 

Fill the Tulips

  • Spoon the chocolate mousse into a piping bag and fill the flower.
  • Plate them and dust them very lightly with castor sugar.

Alternative to chocolate mousse

It will be almost unbelievable to chocoholics, but not everyone loves chocolates. Therefore, we have an alternative to the chocolate mouse. We’ve published a recipe for a lovely light Guava dessert, which you may want to try. It’s a lot easier than making chocolate mousse and it’s a quick 3-ingredient recipe.

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Serve with Style!

If ever you thought a chocolate mouse serving was too large, then tulips are your answer. Use tulip flowers as a part of your dinnerware. Also, they’re colorful AND edible.

 

I love having something different on the dinner table. Surprise your guests with this amazing ‘Travel and Home‘ idea.

A taste for every color

Generally, tulips taste like crisp iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, and snow peas, with a slightly peppery finish. 

  • Pink petals have a sweet taste.
  • Purple starts off sweet and ends slightly peppery.
  • Red tulips are the sweetest.
  • Yellow the most flavorful.
  • White petals are also sweet.

A perfect gift for travelers

Eating Tulip bulbs

Despite the many recipes using the bulbs of this beautiful flower, I strongly advise against it. It is simply too risky because the bulbs can cause serious discomfort. Like, abdominal pain, dizziness, nausea, and in rare cases even convulsions and death. This is due to the concentrated alkaloid and glycoside compounds in the bulbs.

Many years ago it was indeed used to replace potatoes, which was in great shortage during World War II. However, today we have a sufficient and consistent supply of potatoes. Fresh or frozen. 

Virtual Tour | Keukenhof, Amsterdam

Keukenhof is known for its amazing display of flowers. They have a variety of no less than 800 different Tulips!

Tell us what you think, or give a review?

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Drop a note on Facebook and let us have your reviews and feedback. Maybe you have another filling as an alternative?