Cornmeal Crust Ricotta Fig Tartlets

September 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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° f.

In a large mixing bowl beat together the ricotta, eggs, sugar, honey, herbs , zest and cinnamon until smooth and creamy. Set in the refrigerator while you embark on the next steps.  Roll out your cornmeal crust into 6 rounds on two baking sheets, making sure they have enough room.  Place a few dollops of the ricotta mixture in the center of each  and spread the mixture evenly leaving room on the side to roll up the crust.  Gently place a few of the fresh figs on top of each and roll or fold the sides of the crust to create an open faced mini pie or crostata.  Place a few more fresh figs on the tops where needed and sprinkle a few lavender flowers on each. Sprinkle with a bit more raw sugar if desired. Place the tartlets in the oven and bake until golden brown or about  20 -25 minutes.

The Lavender Beet

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


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 with just a few ice cubes.  Garnish with an orange peel (releasing the oils around the rim of the glass first) and a few lavender petals.

*Lavender Beet Syrup-In a saucepan combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 beet (chopped fine) 2 tablespoons orange zest, 2 tablespoons lavender flowers and ¼ cup orange juice.  Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about  7 minutes.  Take off heat and allow to cool completely, strain and chill.


Lavender Beet Sweet Vinegar Syrup

April 20th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


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 for about 8 minutes and bring to a low boil for 3 minutes.  Take off heat and allow to cool completely.  Strain.


The Bourbon Beet

April 20th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


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 edible flower floating on top.

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 for about 8 minutes and bring to a low boil for 3 minutes.  Take off heat and allow to cool completely.  Strain.

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

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

pavlova

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 zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup honey
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped fine


Directions


For pavlovas


Preheat oven to 300°F. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and herbs. Set aside. In a mixer (or with a whisk), beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the water, and beat. Continue beating soft peaks. Increase speed, and add sugar and corn starch mixture a little at a time. Next, add vinegar, and beat on high speed until glossy and stiff. Place a spoonful on a lined baking sheet, making 6 to 8 little bowls. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes, until starch hardens, before eating. For serving, place a little granita in a pavlova cup and drizzle a little lavender syrup on top. Garnish with some fresh herbs.


For granita


In a blender, combine all ingredients until mixed well. Add more honey to desired sweetness. Pour in a shallow, metal pan, and freeze, scraping frozen granules every 10 to 20 minutes for about a total of 2 hours.


Beet  Lavender Flower Syrup


Ingredients


½ cup honey
1 cup water
1 medium beet chopped
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 8 minutes, take off heat and allow to cool.

Orange Lavender Flower Syrup

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Lavender Lemon Pastis

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cool. In a low ball glass place 2 ounces of pastis, 1 ounce of the simple syrup and 3-4 ounces cold water, stir and drink.

Lavender Fairy Dust

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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!

Lavender Peach Doughnuts Bites Tossed with Lavender Fairy Dust

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl mix together the flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, lavender, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, yogurt, peach puree, vanilla, sugar, eggs and melted butter. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and gently mix until it is smooth and a little elastic. To fry the doughnuts, fill a pan up to 3″ of canola oil. Heat the oil until it reaches 375ËšF. Drop spoonfuls of the doughnut mixture into the hot pan. Do not over-crowd the pan with doughnuts. Fry about 5 at a time (depending on the size of the pan). They will sink to the bottom but then float to the top. Turn them over and let them cook for an additional 2 minutes or so. Drain them on paper towels and while hot, coat them with the lavender-rosemary sugar. (Wait until the hot oil runs off the donut before dusting.)

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!

Lavender Orange Herbal Iced Tea With Orange Twists

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 the two tea bags in the syrup and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and continue to let steep for about 5 more minutes or until the mixture is dark. Strain the mixture and allow to cool. Pour the syrup in a large pitcher filled with ice and add water! Garnish with orange twists.

Lavender Lemonade

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 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 pour hot water over sugar and stir until dissolved.

Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 4 wings

For the fried chicken

Canola oil
1 quart buttermilk
8 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl or bucket mix together all the herbs and spices with hot water until the salt dissolved fully. Place the chicken parts in the brine and let soak overnight or for about 10-12 hours maximum. Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse in cool water, drain well. Let the chicken dry and rest for at least a half hour making sure to pat dry with paper towels if still moist. Heat two large deep pots with the oil for frying, the oil should register about 320°F. Prepare a baking sheet with paper towels to pace the fried chicken pieces on after cooking.

In a large bowl place the buttermilk and set aside. In another large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and herbs and spices. Set up your bowled flour and buttermilk as well as the chicken in a place close to the pans, this will be your “dipping station”. When the oil is hot enough, place a chicken part in the flour mixture and coat evenly and lightly, shake off excess and dip in the buttermilk and then again in the flour mixture and gain coat well and shake off excess. Place chicken skin side down in the oil and repeat with the other chicken parts as there is room in the pan. Making sure to adjust the heat if necessary to keep the 320°F temperature. Fry for about 2-3 minutes per side a few times for a total cooking time of about 10 minutes per chicken piece, breasts about 12 minutes. The chicken should be a deep copper brown. Place on the baking sheets line with paper towels, skin side down to rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Serve!

Honey & Lavender Champagne

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 stand at room temperature, do not place it in the refrigerator. In a champagne class filled with cold bubbly drizzle a little of the lavender honey with a honey wand into the glass of COLD champagne. Garnish with a lavender wand with the flower part sticking up out of the glass!

Lavender Fig Compote

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Honey Lavender Fritters With Fig Compote

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 ricotta, eggs, vanilla seeds, sugar, baking powder and flour until combined. Mix in the lavender flowers and mix again until the batter is thick. Refrigerate the batter for one hour. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan or fry pan making sure that there is at least 2 inches of oil in the pan to a temperature of about 375 degrees. Once hot drop spoonfuls of the batter in the pan and fry until golden brown, making sure to flip for a total of about 3-4 minutes. Take out and drain on paper towels. Once slightly cool, sprinkle powered lavender sugar over the top. Serve with fig compote.

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. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Lavender Lemon Sugar Syrup

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 pour hot water over sugar and stir until dissolved.

Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 4 wings

For the fried chicken

Canola oil
1 quart buttermilk
8  cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl or bucket mix together all the herbs and spices with hot water until the salt dissolved fully.  Place the chicken parts in the brine and let soak overnight or for about 10-12 hours maximum.  Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse in cool water, drain well. Let the chicken dry and rest for at least a half hour making sure to pat dry with paper towels if still moist.  Heat two large deep  pots with the oil for frying, the oil should register about 320°F.  Prepare a baking sheet with paper towels to pace the fried chicken pieces on after cooking.

In a large bowl place the buttermilk and set aside.  In another large bowl whisk together the flour, basking powder and herbs and spices.  Set up your bowled flour and buttermilk as well as the chicken in a place close to the pans, this will be your “dipping station”.  When the oil is hot enough, place a chicken part in the flour mixture and coat evenly and lightly, shake off excess and dip in the buttermilk and then again in the flour mixture and gain coat well and shake off excess.  Place chicken skin side down in the oil and repeat with the other chicken parts as there is room in the pan.  Making sure to adjust the heat if necessary to keep the 320°F temperature. Fry for about 2-3 minutes per side a few times for a total cooking time of about 10 minutes per chicken piece, breasts about 12 minutes.  The chicken should be a deep copper brown.  Place on the baking sheets lines with paper towels, skin side down to rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Serve!

Honey & Lavender Champagne

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 room temperature, do not place it in the refrigerator.  In a champagne class filled with cold bubbly drizzle a little of the lavender honey with a honey wand into the class of COLD champagne.  Garnish with a lavender wand with the flower part sticking up out of the glass!

Herbs de Provence

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 fine
1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers
2 tablespoons dried fennel seeds
1 tablespoon salt

Directions

With a mortar and pestle grind up all the herbs and flowers and seeds until a chopped herb paste is made.  Use this on grilled fish or chicken or vegetables!

Winter Wind Down Lavender & Sage Bath

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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, and pile the ingredients into the center. Tie the pouch with the kitchen twine, and toss it into your bath!

Stress Relieving Herbal Bath

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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. Tie the pouch with the kitchen twine, and toss it into your bath!

Lavender White Hot Chocolate

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 bean. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow to boil gently on low for about 5 minutes or until infused with the essences of the teas and lavender. Take out vanilla bean, set aside and allow to cool a little. Strain syrup. Scrape vanilla bean and place the syrup, and then vanilla bean scrapings back in the pot. Add the brown sugar, milk and heat to just before boil, stirring often or about 3-4 minutes (do not let it boil). When the mixture is hot, add the chocolate and stir until all chocolate is incorporated and the mixture is smooth and is the consistency of light cream or half and half. To serve, garnish with 1 lavender leaf and a pinch of bee pollen.

© Recipe Property of Ger-Nis

Bourbon Persimmon Lavender Glazed Ham

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 has a fresh, fruity note that allows the potency of the lavender to subtly shine while pairing well with the saltiness. Retails for around $20.

INGREDIENTS

For the Brine

One whole bone in fresh ham, skinned and trimmed, slashes cut, leaving a thin layer of fat
6 quarts water
1 cup sea salt
1 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup fresh lavender leaves
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 whole nutmeg, cracked and broken

For the Glaze

½ cup bourbon
1 tablespoon fresh lavender leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
1 persimmon, peeled and deseeded, very ripe
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup bourbon
½ cup orange juice
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

For the Spice Rub

2 tablespoons black pepper, cracked medium fine
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon dried sage leaves

PREPARATION

Brining

In a large pot, bring all items for brining to a boil, stirring occasionally until all the sugar and salt is dissolved. Cool mixture, and add ham to pot- mixture should completely cover the ham, if it does not than make more brine! Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days, turning the ham a few times. Drain the brine, and let the ham rest on a roasting pan with a rack, allowing the brine residual to drip down into the pan. Pat the ham dry with paper towels.

Glaze

In a blender, blend the persimmon and all the herbs. Pour into a medium mixing bowl, and gently mix in the sugar, bourbon, ginger, and the remaining ingredients. Mix well, and set aside.

Spice Rub

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

In a medium bowl, mix up all the spice mix ingredients. Rub mixture all over ham. Place ham in the pre-heated oven, and bake according to weight based on the table below. A 15-pound ham with the bone intact should take a total of 3 to 4 hours. Let the ham bake uniterrupted, and then in the last hour begin the glazing process. Glaze every 10 minutes until entire ham is browned. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, turn the oven temperature to 425°F, and let the ham get a bit crispy and caramelized.

Lavender Lemonade

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 Sugar Syrup

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon zest
½ cup fresh lavender flowers or 2 tablespoons dried

PREPARATION

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 pour hot water over sugar and stir until dissolved.

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

Polenta Cake with Summer Stone Fruit

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 350ËšF. Combine dry ingredients. Cream butter, sugar, lemon zest until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mix until just blended. Add lemon juice. Fold in half the dry ingredients, then the buttermilk, then dry. Bake for about 35-40 minutes.

Stone Fruit compote:

INGREDIENTS

8 pieces stone fruit (peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines) cut into large pieces, pits reserved
1 sprig lemon basil
½ teaspoon lavender
Zest of 1 lemon
½ cup almond grappa
Sugar
2 tablespoons butter

PREPARATION

Smash pits and combine with lemon basil, lavender and lemon zest. Wrap in cheesecloth and add to grappa. Lightly dust fruit in sugar. Melt butter in saute pan, and add fruit and cook until lightly caramelized and beginning to soften. Remove from pan and add to grappa and sachet. Let marinate for at least an hour. Remove sachet and spoon compote over cake, ice cream, or buttered toast.

© Recipe courtesy of John Adler, franny’s

Polenta Cake with Summer Stone Fruit

Lavender White Chocolate Cocoa

October 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 cups of milk
lavender
2 pieces of white chocolate
cinnamon
2 spoons of sugar.

PREPARATION

Infuse 3 cups of milk with 1 teaspoon lavender flowers, simmer for about 5 minutes.  Add 2 pieces of white chocolate and 2 spoons of sugar and mix well, making sure the white chocolate melts fully.  Serve leaving lavender flowers in the mix.

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Lavendar Honey

August 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Adapted from www.Tastewiththeeyes.com
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin (one packet)
1 ½ cups non-fat kefir
1 ½ cups non-fat Greek yogurt
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey, for garnish
4-5 tablespoon crushed lavender flowers

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 3 T. cold water, stir and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.  In a separate large bowl, add yogurt and whisk.  Meanwhile, In a small heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat combine kefir, sugar and salt and warm through till sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat, add softened gelatin and vanilla, stir and let cool.  Gradually whisk the warm kefir mixture into the yogurt.  Pour mixture into 2 ounce ramekins and let come to room temperature before covering (to prevent a skin from forming).  Chill at least 6 hours.  To serve, invert panna cotta and drizzle with honey and sprinkle with lavender flowers

Beer Battered Lavender Belgium White Ale Fish & chips

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

2/3 cup all purpose flour
¼ cup tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons lavedder flowers
1 bottle (16 oz) Belgium white ale

Directions

Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, soda, salt and beer (you may not use entire) till a pancake-like batter consistency.

Rosemary Lavender Buttermily Donuts With Lavender Sugar

June 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

(Recipe Adapted from Canille at Vanille Blogspot)

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all purpose white flour
¼ cup almond flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh lavender, chopped fine
2 teaspoons sea salt
½ cup whole milk, room temperature
½ cup plain white Greek yogurt
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup butter, melted
Canola oil for frying

Lavender Rosemary Sugar for Dusting…

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar, white
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers, chopped fine

PREPARATION

In a large bowl mix together the flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, rosemary/lavender, and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, yogurt, vanilla, sugar, eggs and melted butter. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and fold until it comes together. Don’t worry if it’s lumpy.

Dust your work surface with a bit of flour and dump the dough on it. Knead lightly until it comes together. Dust the top lightly with flour and roll to ½" thick. Using a doughnut cutter or two round cookie cutters, cut out the doughnuts and place them on a sheet pan with a silicon mat or parchment and dusted with some flour.

To fry the doughnuts, fill a pan up to 2" of canola oil. Heat the oil until it reaches 375ËšF. Do not over-crowd the pan with doughnuts. Fry about 5 at a time (depending on the size of the pan). They will sink to the bottom but then float to the top. Turn them over and let them cook for an additional 2 minutes or so.

Drain them on paper towels and while hot, coat them with the lavender-rosemary sugar.

Lavender Sugar Cookies

October 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen small cookies

INGREDIENTS

3 c all purpose four
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 c butter room temperature
1 ½ c turbanado suger (white sugar can be used)
½ c fresh lavender flowers and or leaves
2 samll eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375 F.  In a small bowl mix together flour baking soda and powder,  and lavender flowers and leaves and set aside.  In another bowl cream together butter sugar and vanilla until smooth, add eggs.  Mix both dry and wet ingredients together gradually until smooth. Make rounded spoons of mixture and place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8-12 minutes until golden brown.  Take out of oven and let sit for 2 minutes before moving to cookie rack to cool.

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