Lemon & Lavender Muffins
With the icing, they're a great sweet dessert, but without, they're a perfect edible basket of flowers that can be prepared in advance or made Mother's Day morning, steaming hot.
Cold Poached Peaches with Orange Flower Water and Bleu d'Auvergne Cheese
For this recipe, the flower comes in the orange flower water (so add edible blossoms on top if you want to continue the theme exactly). White wine, orange flower water, and blue cheese are boiled, before blanched peaches are added to the mixture and soaked for 24 hours. A nice and surprising treat.
This dinner will require a little extra effort, but the result is beautiful. Using a simple pasta dough recipe, thin pasta sheets are rolled out with flower petals sandwiched between layers. If there are no pasta rollers in the house, try this recipe for "pasta pictures."
The icy treat alone, or a double-dose of ice cream and madeleines, is the perfect way to add a little violet flavor to dessert. However, each requires a special tool -- an ice cream maker for the former, and madeleine pans for the latter.
The elder tree's white blossoms first appear in spring in Denmark, so these refreshing cocktails make an elegant homage to the season. The delicate, lightly floral flavors are perfect with Champagne or a dry, light white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc. Have all the ingredients ice-cold before serving.
When it's time to celebrate motherhood, flowers are our ubiquitous go-to gift. Every Mother's Day, masses of blooms are dispatched to harried moms across the country in ornate and colorful arrangements. Unfortunately, they are rarely made useful. While it's nice to look at a bouquet bursting with colorful life, it's even better to take it to the next level and infuse some blossoms into your Mother's Day feasts.
Not every bud is edible, but with just a little planning, the food at your Mother's Day feast can be just as vibrant as the vase the plate sits next to, overflowing with flowering color and taste. Savory and sweet, from breakfast to dessert, there's a flower for every course. Here are our favorites.
Before jumping into the deep end of edible flower creations, start simple. Blossoming tea is an way to add flowers to mom's diet; it requires only hot water, and can make for a beautiful and useful gift. Flower blossoms are sewn into a little ball that expands in hot water, oozing delicious tea flavor floating around jasmine, amaranth, and other sweet buds. A clear vessel is necessary for full effect, so gift mom a see-through teapot or glass mug (bought separately or as a set), and pour her a great pot of flower tea to start the day.
Check out the slideshow above to find a day full of flowers, from breakfast to dessert.
Warning: While it's usually great to experiment in the kitchen, this is one circumstance where we suggest following recipes and researching the flowers you'd like to use. While many are edible, there are even more that are poisonous. Please use caution when moving beyond the following recipes.