Tuesday, August 2, 2011

the inspiration behind cho cho san

We bought a Butterfly Pea plant from Bettr Weekends afew moons ago.

It's now a full-blown Clittoria bush *giggles*

This perennial creeper is native to tropical Asia and is relatively easy to grow (it survived our definitely-not-green fingers!). It's commonly used to colour the Nyonya kuih ketan and Kelantanese nasi kerabu :) Their deep blue petals are rich with anthocyanin which exudes anti-oxidant flavonoids that combat against free-radicals!

One morning, as we stared out our window onto the blue ladies, we were suddenly reminded of Cho-Cho-San of Puccini's Madame Butterfly! Butterfly Pea.. Madame Butterfly.. coincidence? We don't think so. Serendipity we say! Ahh... Cho-Cho-San. We found her to be a naive little girl with such unwavering love and true Japanese grit.

So we whipped up a small batch of ground Japanese rice and adzuki beans along with the other *bisou* bonbon body scrub goodness like shea butter, Manuka honey and the lot resulting in a delicate Asian body scrub.

Piece de resistance!