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Lavender Powder?

George Nov 1, 2006 02:34 AM

I went to Surfas in Los Angeles and bought a million things and couldn't resist buying their container of lavender powder.

Problem: I don't know what to do with lavender powder. Any suggestions? Is it just for baking? It is a very fine and fragrant powder.

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    pitterpatter Nov 3, 2006 01:46 PM

    Lavender greatly complements blueberries. Add it to blueberry sauce and cobbler.

    1. bolivianita Nov 1, 2006 11:19 PM

      I have had venison loin marinated with lavender and red wine. We used the leaves from our garden plant but I imagine you could use powder in the same way.

      1. PamelaD Nov 1, 2006 09:18 PM

        I have some dried lavendar buds... I wonder if I could just wiz them up in my spice grinder into a powder? I this how they make it?

        I used the buds (some inside in a cheesecloth bag and some sprinkled on top) for a roast chicken and it was quite nice.

        Pam

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          Sebby Nov 1, 2006 09:02 PM

          Oh, I bet you could make some fun cocktails with it! Maybe make a simple syrup with it first and then add it to drinks.
          A lavendar martini?

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            cheryl_h Nov 1, 2006 08:58 PM

            I've never made this, but I've heard that lavender ice cream is wondeful. It's great that you found powdered lavender, I wish I had a source for it here in Boston.

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            1. re: cheryl_h
              favolaus Nov 1, 2006 09:24 PM

              A couple of months ago I made a really good lavender frozen yogurt with greek yogurt and creme fraiche. It was best as a sandwich with lemon cookies.

              Caroline
              http://cookbad.blogspot.com/

            2. singleguychef Nov 1, 2006 08:57 PM

              I love lavendar! Powder form makes it easier for you to infuse your food, like creme brulee or a panna cotta.

              Also, try making it into a dry rub with some of your other favorite ingredients like rosemary and then grill pork or lamb.

              My favorite is when you infuse it into your creme fraiche and serve it with roasted figs.

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                jules c Nov 1, 2006 05:03 PM

                I recently enjoyed a lavender scented goat cheese fondue at a restaurant.

                Let us know what fun things you come up with!

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                  ghbrooklyn Nov 1, 2006 04:49 PM

                  I spent a week in June cooking in Provence, and with the amount of lavender everywhere I came up with a few ideas:
                  1)mix a little into the cream, along with some rosemary or lemon thyme, in a potato gratin.
                  2)it is also good in a goat cheese omelet with a some other herbs.
                  3)add it to brown butter and serve with white asparagus or yard-long beans.
                  4)mix a little with honey and champagne vinegar as a glaze for a pork tenderloin or lamb.
                  5)flavor a custard or semifreddo with it.
                  6)flavor a buttercream with it to frost a lemon cake.

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                    tpapa2 Nov 1, 2006 03:49 AM

                    Try a French lemon chicken recipe adding some of the lavender powder, and maybe some thyme.

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