Beer Battered Lavender Belgium White Ale Fish & chips

Beer is such an enjoyable drink in the summer time that it’s easy to forget it’s potential for being a wonderful seasoning and flavor agent, changing ordinary into extraordinary food.

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Bourbon Persimmon Lavender Glazed Ham

Wine Pairing: Ch. De Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé 2009, France.
This one is a tough pairing the the potent floral lavender and the spicy sweet persimmon next to the smoky and salty ham. This French rosé is perfect for all. It is bright and bold but with spicy undertones that lend well to the persimmons, and it [...]

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Cornmeal Crust Ricotta Fig Tartlets

Makes 6 Tartlets
Ingredients
1 batch cornmeal crust, refrigerated
1 pound fresh ricotta cheese
2 eggs¼ cup raw sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
Pinch of cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 pint of fresh figs, cut in half
½  teaspoon lavender flowers (optional)
Directions
Make sure the batch of cornmeal crust if cold and in the refrigerator.
Pre heat the oven to 375° [...]

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Herbs de Provence

One of the best dried herb mixes!  Wonderful on grilled meats and fish and breads. A fresh version is also a heavenly additive to your summer culinary repertoire.
Ingredients
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh summer savory, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped [...]

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Honey & Lavender Champagne

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
½ cup wildflower honey
Lavender wands
Champagne, Prosecco or Cava, cold

Directions

In a small sauce pan combine the lavender flowers with the honey and heat on low. Let infuse warmly for about 10 minutes. Let stand for another 10 minutes and then scoop out the flowers and discard. Let the lavender infused honey [...]

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Honey & Lavender Champagne

Serves 4-5
Ingredients
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
½ cup wildflower honey
Lavender wands
Cold sparkling wine
Directions
In a small sauce pan combine the lavender flowers with the honey and heat on low.  Let infuse warmly for about 10 minutes.  Let stand for another 10 minutes and then scoop out the flowers and discard.  Let the lavender infused honey stand at [...]

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Honey Lavender Fritters With Fig Compote

Makes about 20 -25 fritters
Ingredients
1 pound fresh ricotta, drained
3 eggs, beaten
1 vanilla bean scraped, bean scrapings reserved
¼ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons lavender flowers (fresh or dried)
Oil for frying
Lavender Powder *1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers crushed and mixed with ½ cup powdered sugar
Fig Compote (recipe follows)
Directions
In a large bowl whisk together the [...]

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Lavender Beet Sweet Vinegar Syrup

Ingredients

¼ cup beet juice
1 cup sugar
¾ cup water
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers (1-2 teaspoons dried)
½ cup black current vinegar
Directions

In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the beet juice, sugar, water, orange juice and zest and lavender flowers and bring to a boil.  Reduce temperature and add in vinegar.  Simmer [...]

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Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
For the brine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 lemons sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lavender leaves and flowers
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of the following herbs, chopped fine; thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram
1  cup salt
2 gallons hot water (no more, possible less)
2 chickens, cut, 4 breasts, 4 legs, 4 thighs and [...]

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Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
For the brine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 lemons sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lavender leaves and flowers
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of the following herbs, chopped fine: thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram
1 cup salt
2 gallon hot water (no more, possibly less)
2 chickens, cut, 4 breasts, 4 legs, 4 thighs and [...]

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Lavender Fairy Dust

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
1 cup powdered sugar, white
2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
Directions
Rub dry lavender flowers between your fingers creating a powder, mix with powdered sugar and voila!

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Lavender Fig Compote

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
1 pound fresh black figs, ripe & sweet, de-stemmed & chopped
1 cup lavender syrup
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
Directions
Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often for about 1 hour. [...]

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Lavender Lemon Pastis

Makes 1 drink
Ingredients
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup sugar
2 ounces pastis (ricard)
4 ounces cold water
Directions
Make the simple syrup by adding the water, lavender, lemon zest and sugar into a medium saucepan and bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and strain, let [...]

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Lavender Lemon Sugar Syrup

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon zest
½ cup fresh lavender flowers or 2 tablespoons dried
Directions
In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, add sugar, water, lemon zest and lavender flowers warm through until sugar is dissolved. Take syrup off heat and let cool until ready to use.
*Note: If not using sugar syrup, you can simply [...]

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Lavender Lemonade

Makes ½ Gallon
INGREDIENTS
1 cup lavender lemon sugar syrup, recipe below (see note*)
1 cup lemon juice (10 to 12 big juicy lemons)
1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers
5 cups water
2 cups sparkling water
PREPARATION
In a one gallon pitcher combine lavender lemon sugar syrup, lemon juice, lavender flowers, water, and sparkling water, stir well.
Serve over ice with lavender wand.
Lavender Lemon [...]

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Lavender Lemonade

Makes ½ Gallon

Ingredients

1 cup lavender lemon sugar syrup, recipe below (see note*)
1 cup lemon juice (10 to 12 big juicy lemons)
1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers
5 cups water
2 cups sparkling water

Directions

In a one gallon pitcher combine lavender lemon sugar syrup, lemon juice, lavender flowers, water, and sparkling water, stir well. Serve over ice with lavender wand.

Lavender [...]

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Lavender Orange Herbal Iced Tea With Orange Twists

Makes 1 large pitcher
Ingredients
¼ cup fresh lavender flowers
1 tablespoon orange zest
½ cup orange juice
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 cup water
2 earl grey tea bags
Ice
Water
Orange Twists for garnish
Directions
In a medium saucepan combine the flowers, sugar, orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, place [...]

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Lavender Peach Doughnuts Bites Tossed with Lavender Fairy Dust

Makes 30 bites
Ingredients
2 cups all purpose white flour
¼ cup almond flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons fresh lavender, chopped fine
2 teaspoons sea salt
½ cup whole milk, room temperature
¼ cup plain white Greek yogurt
¼ cup fresh peach puree
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup butter, melted
Canola oil for frying
Lavender Fairy dust for dusting [...]

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Lavender Sugar Cookies

Makes 2 dozen small cookies

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Lavender White Chocolate Cocoa

This season’s hot herb trend will definitely warm you up: herbal cocoa and infused milks are making their steamy appearance just in time to fortify you against fall’s brisk, nippy air…

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Lavender White Hot Chocolate

Serves 4-5
INGREDIENTS
1 cup water
1 lemon myrtle tea bag or 1 tablespoon lemon myrtle tea
1 tablespoon fresh lavender leaves
1 vanilla bean, split open
½ cup light brown sugar
4 cups milk
8 ounces white chocolate, chopped fine
Lavender leaves, for garnish
Bee pollen, for garnish (optional)
DIRECTIONS
In a large sauce pan add 1 cup water, the myrtle tea, lavender leaves and vanilla [...]

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Orange Lavender Flower Syrup

Ingredients
½ cup honey
1 cup water
¼ cup turbinado sugar
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
Directions
In a small sauce pan, whisk the honey, water, sugar and herbs together while bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, take off heat and allow to cool.

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Polenta Cake with Summer Stone Fruit

INGREDIENTS
1½ cup (6 ounces) all purpose flour
¼ cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup buttermilk
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Combine dry ingredients. Cream butter, sugar, lemon zest until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mix until [...]

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Rosemary Lavender Buttermily Donuts With Lavender Sugar

Here are a few of our latest ideas for spring’s best & most herby, fresh & light desserts!

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Spring Herbal Pavlova Cups with Rhubarb Rosemary Granita and Beet Lavender Flower Syrup

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
For pavlovas
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh sage leaves
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
3 egg whites
3 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
For granita
2 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
1 tablespoon lemon [...]

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Stress Relieving Herbal Bath

Ingredients

½ cup fresh rosemary leaves
¼ cup lavender flowers, dried or fresh
1 cup Epsom salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Prepare a piece of cheesecloth by cutting it into a 12 X 12 inch square and set aside. Crumble up all herbs, releasing the oils. Lay the cheese cloth out flat, and pile the ingredients into the center. [...]

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The Bourbon Beet

Ingredients
2 ounces bourbon (Four Roses)
½ ounce crème de violet
½ ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce Lavender Beet Sweet Vinegar Syrup*
Brooklyn Hemispherical Blueberry Bitters (optional)
Edible Flower Garnish (violets or pansies)
Directions
Combine all ingredients (except edible flower garnish) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail or old fashioned champagne glass. Garnish with an [...]

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The Lavender Beet

Ingredients
1 ounces of vodka
½ ounce lillet blanc
1 ounce lavender beet syrup*
¼ ounce fresh orange juice
½ ounce lemon juice
Orange Peel
Lavender Flower
In a shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, lillet, beet syrup and citrus juice and shake gently until the mixture gets cold.  Strain into a low ball glass [...]

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Winter Wind Down Lavender & Sage Bath

Ingredients

¼ cup lavender flowers, fresh or dried
½ cup fresh sage leaves
½ cup whole oats
¼ cup powdered milk
2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
¼ cup almond oil

Directions

Prepare a piece of cheesecloth by cutting it into a 12 X 12 inch square and set aside. Crumble up all herbs, releasing the oils. Lay the cheese cloth out flat, [...]

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Yogurt Panna Cotta with Lavendar Honey

Start off the afternoon or evening by greeting your hard-working guests with a fresh and fruity spritzer, setting the tone for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation.  The goal is to provide an oasis within your home, be it a small apartment or a home in the country, the atmosphere should feel tranquil and peaceful.  As the day progresses, food will nourish the soul, so keep it light to keep your quests floating and feeling great all day long.  Get inspired by your mood to create a menu that includes a sweet & savory salad, flaky white fish and a creamy yogurt inspired dessert all peppered with fresh herbs for a green, earthy flavor.

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