Flowers are a popular Mother's Day gift. But you might consider cooking with flowers for Mom. Cloverfields Farm & Kitchen's Janine Washle joins us with some unique ideas to brighten the holiday.
In England during the 1600's, early Christians in England observed a church holiday honoring Mother Mary. By a religious order it was decreed to honor all mothers. This observance was known as Mothering Sunday. The working class were encouraged to take the day off and visit with their mothers taking with them a special cake known as the Mothering cake. When the colonists settled America, this tradition died out.
The American holiday was inspired by the British tradition to a degree. Julia Ward Howe in an effort to make something positive of the Civil War began lobbying Mothers to honor their children. Her intent was to unite women against war. White carnations decorated many of the early observances. President Woodrow
Wilson wore a white carnation when he made the holiday official in 1914.
Flowers are still a mainstay of many Mother's Day celebrations. Families buy flowers for their Moms and help plant the flower beds on Mother's Day. But, what if Mom isn't into gardening? What if Mom enjoys looking at flowers not weeding them? No problem. Flowers can be enjoyed in sweet treats even a special meal.
Many cultures have used flowers in cuisine for centuries. Asian foods utilize marigolds, lily buds, and jasmine. Even tea, Camellia Sinensis, comes from the family of Camellias that the beautiful Camellia Japonica is in. England and France use lavender with abandon. Tea time is made special with lavender shortbread, tea, and cakes. Rose hip jam, even rose petal tea are among dessert treats in many countries. Hibiscus is very popular in tropical climates because of its' cooling properties.
Flowers may seem delicate but many have powerful healing properties even the ones in our backyards. Dandelions from the petals to the roots are powerful kidney and liver detoxifiers. Violets that overtake our lawns are known for their throat soothing abilities. Even the flowers of herbs like rosemary, chives, and garden plants such as peas are delicious in savory jellies. So if Mom would rather dig into a plate of pasta than dig in the dirt, then Calendula Petal Pasta with a savory Lemon Sauce may be right up her alley.
If Mom's sweet tooth needs a bite, jellies, jams, and even a African Violet cake will brighten her day. If flower concoctions are a little too creative, simple black tea can be made into a delicious Sweet Tea with Lemon Jelly that will surely please.
Use the power of flowers in the kitchen to put a smile on your Mom's face this Sunday, May 12th.
Cloverfields Farm and Kitchen also has a special "Flower Power for Mother's Day" Recipe Booklet available by email. To ask for a complimentary copy, just email Janine Washle at firstname.lastname@example.org
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CloverFields Farm & Kitchen
3720 Mt. Olive Rd.
Hardin Springs Area
Big Clifty, KY 42712
Janine Washle and her family live at the Cloverfields Farm and Kitchen in Big Clifty, Kentucky in Hardin County. CloverFields Farm & Kitchen, part of a century old farmstead, is our home and business. The McGuffin house, the original farmhouse, is a registered state landmark. CloverFields Farm has a prosperous farming history. They are continuing this rural story in their own unique way by the addition of CloverFields Kitchen a place to explore the past through food and merge it with our modern lifestyles.
CloverFields Farm is dedicated to the preservation of southern, especially Kentucky, food traditions. The kitchen is commercially-outfitted compliant with Health Department standards. In this kitchen I develop new recipes based on original ideas, inspirations from my culinary research, and most often according to what is in season.
On the farm, they make many gifts and specialty items. She is currently working on her first cookbook, but she also has a long resume developing recipes for several companies. She has also won several contests and cook-offs with her original recipes.