Friday Flowers

Flowers inspire me — and certain flowers make me think about certain foods.

And on Friday’s I share those flowers and foods.

“Friday Flowers” isn’t about adding flowers to what I’m cooking.   Flowers often just make me think of different foods I want to eat or cook.  For example Lavender makes me think of grilled meat (I know:  a little bizarre), and Hydrangeas bring my mind to cupcakes with super rich, beautiful buttercream!  Sometimes I just think a certain flower looks beautiful with a certain food — maybe I like the textures together, or the colors, there’s always something that makes me want to put them together.

I don’t go out looking for floral inspiration.  Flowers just grab me as I pass by them.

Friday Flowers might not happen every week, but expect it fairly often, because flowers do capture my imagination.  What flowers inspire you?

Friday Flowers Gallery (click on the image for the recipe):

Grapefruit Avocado Salad with Nastursiums

Mediterranean Marinated Flank Steak with Bougenvilla

Brownies with Pink Roses

Buckwheat Banana Pancakes with Matilija Poppies

Meyer Lemonade with Jacaranda Flowers

Grilled Cheese with Gruyère and Bacon Onion Compote with Orange Roses

Melon Gazpacho with Chive Flowers

Pineapple Quinoa-Berry Salad with Shrimp with Hibiscus

Hazelnut Praline Nutella Pie with Fuschias

Lemon Coconut Muffins with Impatiens

Rosemary Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Lavender

Tomato Salad with Thai Basil Flowers

Salted, Spiced Caramel Pumpkin Gelato with Trumpet Vines

Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs with Gerberas

Herbs de Provence Orange Roasted Chicken with Mexican Sage

Sweet Potato Shitake Sausage Udon Soup with Lantana Flowers

Oatmeal Almond Chocolate Cherry Lace Cookies with Christmas Cactus

Cream of Chestnut Potato Soup with Red Succulents

Spiced Almond Apple-Persimmon Bread with Christmas Holly

Coconut Pandan Crème Brûlée with Princess Flowers

Citrus Carpaccio with Stone Fruit Flowers

Hollywood Eggs and Geraniums

Double Chocolate, Double Espresso Cookies with Gerberas

Ginger Applesauce with Wisteria

Peanut Butter S’mores Meringue Pie with Periwinkles

Salt Roasted Chicken with Pride of Madeira

Corn Soup with Adobo Sauce with Begonias

Chocolate Black Out Nutella Cake with Iceberg Roses

Oven Roasted Granola with Blue Elderberry

Gluten-Free Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Summer Lilacs

Chocolate Biscoff Truffles with Yucca Flowers

Avocado Gazpacho with California Poppies

Crustless Zucchini-Gruyère Tartlets with Agapanthas

Summer Tomato Gazpacho with Butterfly Flowers

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Jupiter’s Beard

Roasted Hatch Chile Zucchini Bread with Morning Glory

Lemon Pepper Chocolate Truffles with Daisies

Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake with Pink Anthuriums

Roasted Pepper Potato Soup and Smoked Chipotle Parmesan French Fries with Passion Flowers

Flourless Chocolate Espresso Caramel Brownies and Pelargonium Sidoides (AKA Geraniums)

Freshly Picked Satsuma Salad and Dandelions

Spicy Marinated Yellowtail and Mandarin Sashimi and Jasmine

Iced Mocha Smoothie and Purple-Flowered Rock Roses

Kumquat Ginger Preserves and Santa Barbara Daisies

Chocolate Truffle Espresso Muffins and Geraniums

Chocolate Almond Nougat Recipe and Campanulas {Gluten-Free}

Hatch Chile-Agave Compound Butter and Lemon Blossoms


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula August 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Very nice gallery!


Kim January 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Beautiful gallery! I used to add nasturtium to my salads. And my favorite is the ranunculus. :-)



Bijouxs March 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Love this feature Valentina! Beautiful tie with food & flowers – a couple of my favorite things!


valentina March 20, 2012 at 6:46 am

Thanks so much, Lynn!!


Shef from Shef's Kitchen March 29, 2012 at 2:56 am

wow Valentina, your photographs are just GORGEOUS!!! will miss ya this year at Blogaway! It looks like you of all people learned so much and put it to use! Your blog looks soooo awesome!!


valentina March 29, 2012 at 5:29 am

Shef, thank you SO MUCH! We’ll miss you this year at camp! XO


sue schmidt May 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Your brownies made a big hit at a party. Per friends’ request, gave your recipe/website.


valentina May 12, 2012 at 12:07 am

Thank you, Sue! :-D


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