It's All About the Roses ~

It's a Darling Bakers Event ~ this time the theme is ROSES!

In my area of Oregon our roses begin their show in June, so cuttings were slim for our party. Only the very earliest have begun to bloom, so I cobbled the meager offerings from the garden ~ there will be more next month.

Once again, most of these recipes just sprang from my head ~ there are no formal recipes, just general directions, and lots of pictures! I hope you enjoy. :)

Let's start with cocktails ~ and a toast to our host
Jain, at Once in a blue Moon ~

Rose Martinis ~ Vodka, with Rose Water in place of Vermouth.

They are VERY good!

Next, I thought a refreshing soup would be welcome ~


Chilled Mango Soup with a little yogurt, a dash of rose water and
garnished with rose petals and violas.

The rose petals are from climbing "Golden Showers".

Next month I'll highlight some of the roses from the garden.


I'm an organic gardener ~ so the flowers are completely edible.

Our main course ~ Chicken Bundles

Boneless Chicken Breasts, topped with goat cheese mixed with Herbes de Provence and minced rose petals, then enclosed in Filo pastry then baked.

I served them on a pool of Lemon Beurre Blanc ~

And garnished each with a rosebud, a couple of blooms of the early Lavender, and a lemon slice.

The fragrance was heavenly!

Here's what the inside looks like.


For dessert ~ I served Rose Hip tea ...

Along with Vanilla & Rose Scented Cupcakes ~
baked in a Nordic Ware Sweetheart Rose Mini Bundt Pan

The rose is David Austin, old fashioned Mary Rosa. The earliest blooms are always smaller, the blooms increase in size as the season progresses.

Mary Rosas are incredibly prolific bloomers in my garden, giving an incredible show throughout the entire summer. The pink blossoms fill the air with the delightful scent of honey and almonds.

Interestingly Mary Rose (also his sister's name) was named after King Henry VIII's flagship of the same name, when it was recovered after sinking 400 years earlier.

It's been so warm here lately, I also served ...

Strawberry - Rose Frozen yogurt

Showered with rose petals to carry out the theme

I use the electric ice cream maker all year round for all sorts of frozen desserts, not only ice cream but sorbets, gelatos, custards, and often for frozen yogurt. I appreciate being able to control the quality of the ingredients ~ and custom flavors you can't find anywhere else. :)

I always keep the canister in the freezer so fresh, frozen treats can be enjoyed within minutes.

Helpful Tip~ get an extra canister, it really comes in handy if you want to serve two kinds of frozen desserts, and if you store it in the freezer there is no waiting for a canister to freeze.

Someone in my family has sugar issues, so this time I sweetened the frozen yogurt with Spenda, it turned out creamy and delicious.

Thank you for visiting me today ~ I only wish you could have been here in person to attend our little party. :) xo~m.


  1. Oh, Mari! Everything is just beautiful! The martinis are a stroke of genius. All of the food looks delicious - You've done the Darling
    Bakers proud!!

  2. Very pretty! The frozen yogurt is such a beautiful pink.

  3. How beautiful everything is. I have Rose Water and vodka, guess what I'm trying? I have the same ice cream maker you have with the extra bowl. I love it!

  4. Ohmygoshjustgoaheadandadoptme.

    Mary..Just Romantic Homes/Romantic Country gosh darn drop alive gorgeous.


    I would like a snippet of everything please.
    From the Martini to the the Ice cream..
    Those little beggars purses look fantastic!
    You have dazzled me.
    Roses are red
    Violets are blue..
    I'm so glad I met you.

  5. Hi Mari,
    I wish I could have been there too - eveything looks so delicious.It is almost to pretty to eat.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.

  6. I want to be adopted by you too, Mari...we'll sip Rose Martinis and eat your luscious food one petal at a time!

    This post is just sheer perfection...I was so taken by it that I let my chicken go a little too long in the oven...the smoke detectors went off...I ran around opening windows and fanning the air, while still thinking about your gorgeous pictures. The chicken was fine...we ate, and now I'm back to say how much I love it!

    Thanks for sharing.


  7. Oh, it's all so pretty! Too pretty to eat!

  8. Your photographs are


    Absolutely gorgeous~!

  9. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG! YOU KNOW I WANT TO CALL YOU AND SCREAM!!!!!!!!!! that martini looks so good to the very last drop! you know i was very jealous of that one...

    your rosy day is just goosebumps for me, this is all the stuff i live for, but in winter, when i have time! to see your mag mary magic is making my cheeks ache with joy... i love pretty things and girl you never ever dissapoint!

    now pack your bag and come feed me at schreiners, surely you can have leftovers for me?!

    darling you were so in the pink, and yellow today, thanks for making me soooooooo happy!

  10. The pink is just delightful. How pretty for a bridesmaid luncheon in June or July. Thank you so much for sharing.


  11. I love how you use flowers to decorate your meals and desserts. So pretty! I used chive blossoms last week on a salad- then when I uncovered the salad to eat later there was a wee bug looking at me. I guess I missed him in the washing process!

  12. I think I could go for a rose petal martini or a strawberry rose ice cream!

  13. Thank you so much for all of your sweet words! It's so kind of you to take the time to comment.

    I'm so happy if the post brought a little sunshine to your day. xo~m.


Thank you for your comments, friends ~ they make my day!

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