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bellocq. tempura edible flowers. chinese tea eggs and tea salt.

We always plant a bed of edible flowers in our garden upstate to add to salads or to eat straight from the garden. So, I was super inspired when we shot our favorite tea atelier, Bellocq, for the most recent issue of Kinfolk. Heidi Johannsen Stewart of Bellocq came up with this brilliant idea to tempura edible flowers and to serve them with tea salt! They were so good and so beautiful! We ate and drank a lot of tea inspired foods that day. We also made Chinese tea eggs and paired it with the same tea salt. I will share them soon! Have a great weekend!

 If you are going to try this make sure you have done your research as to what flowers are edible! Never use anything that has been sprayed!




Tea salt can add an interesting flavor to just about anything you are cooking.


Tea Salt/Lapsang Souchong Salt

1/3 cup tea

We used a smokey tea for this one! (no. 19 Lapsang Souchong) Organic black tea scented with pinewood smoke.  Plucked at high elevations in the Wuyi Mountains, this tea has a distinctive earthy flavor, with strong notes of honey and a rich red liquor.  You can order this tea online from Bellocq

1/4 cup of sea salt

Mortar and pestle until they are somewhat combined

Store in an airtight jar


Tea Eggs

Chinese Tea eggs are a populaur street food in China. I never ate them while I was there because I kind of avoid street food whle working. They were super beautiful however and stayed in my mind long after the trip.

Most recipies for Chinese Tea Eggs call for the eggs to be steeped in a combination of  black tea, star anise, cinnamon, soy sauce and black pepper  but you can get creative and add bits of citrus or ginger.

We served these with another fragant tea salt. We used Kiykuya from Bellocq.

 To Make The Tea Eggs:

One dozen Arucuana eggs

1/2 cup loose black tea.

We used Keemun Panda from Bellocq. A Organic full bodied black tea, prized for it's sweet earthy flavor and floral notes with a touch of smokiness. You can use any black tea.

6 star anice

4 large cinnamon sticks

4 tsp. cracked black pepper

1/2-cup soy sauce 

To Make;

Combine your eggs, spices and soy sauce in a large non-reactive pot with enough water to cover the eggs. Simmer your eggs for an hour. Remove the eggs from the liquid and set them aside to cool. Reserve the liquid and spices. (you will later add the eggs to the cooled liquid.)  When the eggs are cool enough to handle, gently crack the hard-boiled eggs with the back of a spoon all over the surface of the egg but not hard enough to remove the shell.


 Gently place the cracked hard-boiled eggs in the cooled spices and liquid in a big lidded jar and refrigerate for three days.

The liquid will steep in through the cracks and flavor and stain the white of the egg. The outside will become a beautiful brown.

I used Aracauna eggs so that when I cracked them, the shell on the inside would be blue. The outside of the egg took on the most perfect Wedgewood brown. I couldn't help but think that Martha just might fall in love with that color. Heidi and Michael saved the pieces of the egg shell and added them to their famously beautiful Bellocq tableaus.




Prop Styled by the ever talented Shane Powers! thank you Shane!xx




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Reader Comments (11)

I love your "chiaroscuro" style! :)

06.29 | Unregistered CommenterAna Cooks

Gorgeous! I'm a big fan of tea eggs. Thanks for sharing.

06.29 | Unregistered CommenterZanitea

I like to use quail eggs for this, they are great for a party. Your photography is SO F*CKING GORGEOUS!!!!!!

The idea of tea salt is pretty genius and I can think of sooo many things that would be great with, especially a nice smoky tea. Really lovely!

06.29 | Unregistered CommenterVal

I saw those tea egg shell remnants at Bellocq, pretty awesome. Never tried them.

Those eggs look amazing! Question on the recipe, though-- are the eggs simmered for a total of two hours, or is that instruction just repeated?

07.7 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Man alive this all looks amazing. The tea sounds incredible, as does the food, and it goes without saying everything looks beautiful. Thank you.

07.13 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Andrea I've always loved the work of gentle and hyers. How nice to see your beautiful imagery here! Thank you

07.26 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Chinese tea eggs were my absolute favourite snack when I grew up in Hong Kong. They are the best tasting eggs ever! They are so beautiful and look like works of art. The tempura flowers are divine, I am in love with this post! Andrea you are amazing! Mimix

These are gorgeous! I love how dark and moody the images are.

This is the most adorable recipe I have ever seen, seriously. I love it! They look so delicate, I've always wanted to make these!

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