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This week, Vohn from Vohn’s Vittles has picked her Ten at Ten.
OVER TO VOHN…
Can you believe it is bloomin’ May already?! May Day has been and gone and May queens up and down the country are being crowned with flowers through their hair. It is thought that May Day is a continuation of the ancient Roman Festival of Flora, in which the Roman goddess Flora was honoured to protect blooms from late frosts. That festival grew from one day of dedication in April to a week of merriment, theatre, games, feasting and licentiousness! I think we’ll stick to just the feasting and, in honour of Flora, I have chosen ten floral recipes for our May feast.
- Since we never know what the British weather will bring, let’s begin our feast with this delicious roast cauliflower cheese soup from Vanesther at Bangers and Mash. A cauliflower is a compacted head of undeveloped flower buds (the embryos if you like) so a good place to start!
- Of course we’ll need some bread rolls to accompany our soup and Karen from Lavender and Lovage gives us the perfect way to continue our floral theme with her pretty rosemary flower butter.
- For our second course comes this very clever floral creation from Alida at My Little Italian Kitchen. Not only did Alida create cute roses from bresaola, she also made little parmesan baskets to put them in!
- The most vibrant flower this year seems to be dandelions. Have you noticed they are having a great season? Let’s gather them and create our main course of feta and dandelion tart from Urvashi at The Botanical Baker.
- As a side dish, let’s have these onion blossoms from Dom at Belleau Kitchen. I love this genius idea that I’d never seen before. Apparently they are usually deep fried but Dom has kindly come up with a healthier baked version for us!
- For dessert we can have these delicate pink rhubarb, rose and elderflower jellies created by Janice at Farmer’s Girl Kitchen. The elderflower seems to be a little late here in Scotland this year but I’m sure there is plenty of it further south.
- No party feast is complete without cakes, of course. So we will need to get Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog to whip up a batch of her very pretty rhubarb fairy cakes, which she decorates with actual edible flowers.
- Oh you want a full sized cake too, do you? Well let’s ask Elizabeth from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary to recreate last year’s lemon cake with sugar roses. Elizabeth is so talented we could also ask her to get crafting to create our decorations, like her beautiful steampunk flowers.
- What about a choice of drinks? Anyonita offers us a range of fresh smoothies for spring at Anyonita Nibbles. Several of her smoothie options include flowers, so we can further honour the goddess Flora!
- It is a feast though, so perhaps you would prefer a little alcoholic tipple? Helen from Fuss Free Flavours could delight our tastebuds with her elderflower vodka!
I hope you enjoyed my top ten ideas for our floral feast! If you’d like to hear more of my random ramblings, or get my recipe for sugared primroses and pavlova visit my blog Vohn’s Vittles. Check out my Facebook and Twitter too.