Before I got my hands-on these zucchini flowers at the Farmers Market, I have seen a lot of recipes about them. I have always wanted to make something out of these beautiful & edible flowers, but I had no idea at that time there were going to drive me a little cuckoo during styling process.
Everything went well at the first trial. The recipe was easy enough. They came out tasty and crunchy… for minutes. Then I took photos, and the result was less than desirable. They did not look crunchy, and I didn’t want to eat them when I saw the photos.
The second trial was also not good. This recipe was, by far, the most difficult recipe to photograph I have ever done. I think fried food is one of the most difficult food to photograph (for me). But my hubby just knew I was going to keep trying until I got what I wanted; he made fun of me, and made peace with it 🙂
Yes, I tried again a week later 🙂 Luckily, I really liked the result this time. (Hint: the photographs on this post.)
‘My’ tip for you about photographing fried food, you need to plan EVERYTHING to a T. A minute they come out from the hot pan, it’s game on. By the way, what is your tip on photographing fried food? I would really love to hear your method.
Despite the fact that I was a little cuckoo over the styling and photographing, this recipe is so easy, tasty, and crunchy. It’s like eating elegant french fries, if you ask me. Hope you try it because zucchini flowers are not in season for long.
Fried Zucchini Flowers
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 tablespoons dry white wine
- 2/3 – 1 cup warm water
- 1 egg, separated
- canola oil, depends on the pan, about 2 inches deep, for deep-frying
- 12-20 zucchini flowers
- 1 teaspoon salt + pepper + herb de provence (more to sprinkle on top)
Mix flour, olive oil, wine, egg yolk, and the seasoning in the bowl. Gradually add warm water to the mixture until it liquefies and smooth. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
Beat the egg white and fold gently into the batter. Heat the oil in a large pan over high heat. Once you see the smoke, dip zucchini flowers (2-3 zucchini flowers at the time) in the batter, shake off the excess batter and deep fried for 1-2 minutes each side OR until golden brown. Drain on paper towel. Sprinkle with seasoning. Serve immediately.
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