This past weekend was Cherry Blossom time in Brooklyn, but most especially it was Sakura Matsuri, also known as the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.
This annual festival draws over 60,000 visitors to the gardens in a single weekend!
The cherry blossoms are really something to behold. I shared a photo last week of the blossoms in my neighborhood.
and yesterday I posted a photo on Facebook of the blossoms after a rain storm washed them off the tree. Literally a river of petals.
So pretty, but sad to see those lush blossoms fade.
So back to the festival - You can check out the Botanic Gardens page here and see they have 60 events scheduled for Cherry Blossom weekend.
If you go to the main page - you can see the Cherry Blossom esplanade in full bloom.
There is also a beautiful and peaceful Japanese Garden.
So I figured I could give a recipe for something Japanese, right?
Um, no. I don't have any.
I'm excusing myself because I'm in the midst of another week of state testing.
But I can Google and I discovered Huffington Post had a list of five favorite Japanese recipes to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival.
So, if you're feeling adventurous, give it a try.
5 Tasty Japanese Recipes to Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season
My daughter loves to cook with Japanese sweet potatoes. She makes a delicious dish with sweet potatoes, wild Japanese black rice and roasted papaya and pineapple.
I wish I had a photo.
So, what's blooming in your neck of the woods?