- 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.
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.
I recently enjoyed a lavender scented goat cheese fondue at a restaurant.
Let us know what fun things you come up with!
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.
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?
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.
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.