Food & Wine

Victoria Gardens of Bliss 2011

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

United States
Hoffman Media
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7 Issues

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1 min.
dear friends,

Every garden in every season is an adventure. However, spending spring and summer surrounded by a profusion of sprightly blooms seems like perfection to me. I have happy memories of digging in the soil and dropping tiny seeds into the moist dirt, supervised by my mother. Our yard, overflowing with flowers typical of an English lawn, was always a riot of color. The air was sweet with the fragrances of peonies, primroses, lily of the valley, and snapdragons. My sister and I spent many hours and used a lot of imagination creating a fantasyland at the base of boxwoods, hydrangeas, and towering hollyhocks. This served as our outdoor playground for our Barbie dolls. I still have a fondness for English-style plantings, and I always enjoy touring public gardens when I travel. But…

1 min.
a gardener’s palette

Like a painter’s canvas, a garden comes to life with an inspired imagination executed with artful brushstrokes of color. Paint a glorious picture in your landscape with harmonious blends of flowers and foliage. Whether you want to create a vivacious border of blooming delights or a restful backyard retreat, color sets the mood. Tranquility takes flight in a garden of white and green, while saturated shades of pink and purple set a more vibrant stage. If you’re drawn to a particular type of flower, let it be the muse when devising a palette for your garden portrait. The many hues of Mother Nature offer a multitude of wondrous possibilities.…

2 min.
variations on a theme

Dressed in shades of the same color, monochromatic gardens can be every bit as alluring as their multihued counterparts. The famed all-white English garden at Sissinghurst, created by celebrated garden designer Vita Sackville-West in the 1930s, continues to enchant today. Carefully composed havens such as Sissinghurst reveal the many shades within a single color family. Pink alone, for example, can range from soft salmon to bright fuchsia. “The greatest gift ofthe garden isthe restoration ofthe five senses”. —HANNA RION In the absence of marked color contrasts, bloom shapes and textures take center stage. To create a multidimensional composition, spotlight an assortment of flowers within the same color family, and incorporate plants of varying heights and shapes. For example, the stately spires of purple delphiniums weave a rich tapestry of textures when combined…

2 min.
perfect pairings

A pleasing palette of blooms is the key to striking a melodious chord in the garden. The resulting symphony of color can be as subtle or as showstopping as you envision. Nothing lights up a landscape like a sea of flowers awash in bold hues. The pairing of complementary colors, which are opposite each other on the art world’s color wheel, creates the most stunning contrasts. One such combination is sunny yellow and deep violet. Picture a dramatic duet of velvety purple iris and buttercream-colored columbine or ravishing red daylilies and lime-green gladiolus. The rich tone of the darker partner intensifies the brightness of the lighter one. Vibrant duos like these are a great way to energize garden features such as arbors, trellises, or containers. Although a high-contrast landscape dazzles the eye…

2 min.
edible flowers

With their exquisite properties of scent, color, shape, and form, it seems only natural to envision flowers at the dining table—not just as a decorative accent, but also as part of the feast. Although recently back in vogue as darlings of haute cuisine, flowers are by no means new to cooking enthusiasts. Many cultures, from ancient Rome to Elizabethan England and beyond, have experimented with the taste and texture of blooms, from sugared rose petals used for garnish to wine made of dandelions. Edible flowers became most popular during the romantic and creatively daring era of Queen Victoria’s reign, after which they fell out of favor with chefs. In recent years, however, the use of a broad range of flowers—primrose, violets, honeysuckle, pansies, geraniums, hibiscus, lilacs, and many more—has found renewed prominence…

5 min.
edible flowers

Fresh Berries with Toasted Pound Cake and Pansy-Mint Cream Makes 6 servings 1 frozen prepared pound cake, thawed 1 recipe Pansy-Mint Cream (recipe follows) 3 pints raspberries ¼ cup clover honey Garnish: fresh mint 1. Preheat oven to 350?. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Cut the pound cake in half horizontally. Using a 3-inch round fluted cutter, cut pound cake into rounds. Place rounds on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly toasted and golden brown. Set aside to cool completely. 3. To serve, spoon Pansy-Mint Cream on tops of toasted cake rounds. Layer raspberries over cream. Drizzle with about 1 teaspoon clover honey. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired. Pansy-Mint Cream Makes about 3½ cups 1½ cups heavy cream ½ cup sour cream ¼ cup sugar 20 pansies (organic petals only), chopped 2 tablespoons fresh mint, torn 1. In the…