Thursday, May 04, 2006

Favorite Things: Langford Petals Shortbread Biscuits

She's defined as "a person who provides the care and affection normally associated with a female parent", in other words mom. And her day is just around the corner. Mother's Day is May 14th. From now until next Sunday I'll be sharing treats and treasures for the occasion.

Flowers are traditional for Mother's Day and some blossoms that caught my eye at the Fancy Food Show this year were the offerings from Langford Foods. Langford sells edible flowers and has just begun making petal shortbread from natural ingredients and organically grown flowers. It just seems the perfect thing for a mom--beautiful, a little sweet and totally delicious.

Made with care and affection, the Summer Orange shortbread is flavored with orange and has marigold, calendula and nasturtium blossoms embedded in it. Other varieties include Lemony Dew, a lemon flavored shortbread with yellow marigolds, calendula and daisies and Pansy Up with blueberry, pansies, violas and bachelor's buttons. Each are almost too pretty to eat.

Petal shortbread is lovely with tea, but don't limit it to that. Serve it with cheese, yogurt or fromage blanc. I also think it would be wonderful with a dessert wine like muscat or a sweet sherry.