Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!  What’s prettier than a flower bouquet? … How about a lovely edible radish bouquet from the garden?!

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Radish bouquet

It’s a tradition for me to cook brunch for my Mom on Mother’s Day.  This year, I decided to host an afternoon tea brunch for my Mom.  Not too fancy, just some light fare.

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Lots of goodies

The radish bouquet was transformed into delicious radish and and garlic herb cream cheese sandwiches.  🙂

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Sandwich and savory course: Radish sandwiches, Crunchmaster Multigrain crackers, and sliced Salume al Tartufo by Creminelli

Henni’s garlic herb cream cheese

1 8oz. block of cream cheese (neufchatel and non-fat okay)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried chervil
3 sprigs of cilantro or other fresh herbs
1 scallion stalk
1 clove garlic

Chop the fresh herbs, scallion stalk, and garlic in a food processor.  Add all other ingredients and process until smooth and blended.

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Dessert course: Matcha green tea cake (from Paris Baguette) and carrot cake

Since my Dad’s birthday is coming up, I also made a carrot cake for him.  This is his favorite recipe.  He doesn’t like cream cheese frosting so I didn’t include a recipe for that.

Carrot cake
(adapted from Carrot cake a la Doris)

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1-2 cups flaked unsweetened coconut
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs (or 3/4 c. egg substitute or egg whites)
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple including juice (approx. 1 cup)

Mix dry ingredients together.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  Using a big spoon, mix until well incorporated.  Pour batter into a 9″ x 13” greased pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes (until an inserted toothpick comes out clean).

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Fresh fruit course: Organic apricots, oranges, strawberries, and mint

Happy Mother’s Day!

“A mother’s love is like a cup of tea, they are always there to comfort you.”
— Author unknown

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