I have surfeit of lavender my garden. How should I eat the extra?
A little lavender goes a long way. Drying summer lavender for the rest of the year is what I do. Wash a handful of sprigs, pat dry with paper towls and leave out a few hours on a pan to thouroughly air dry. Then tie together in small bunches and hang somewhere. It is decorative and useful.
Some past ideas.
Some ideas from Chow
Hey ... this looks new ... if you look to the right of that lavender page they have links to related recipes ... that's a really cool feature. I always found that ingrediant part of Chow one of the most useful things about the site. Having easy access to recipes using the ingrediant makes it even better. Here's the recipe links you should see ...
Double Lavender Honey Ice Cream
Herbes de Provence
Lavender and Wildflower Honey Crème Brûleé
Lavender-Scented Fruit Parfait
I made *blueberry lavender* ice cream and I believe it's the best ice cream I've ever had. EVER. It's also one of the most delicious desserts I've ever prepared. I so adore that light pale lavender flavor. Check out how pretty it is! Ethereal, delicate flavor. I used Nigella's ice cream custard base and added the blueberries and dried lavender (adding the lavender while the milk heats initially). Or, you can use this as a guide:
I also make lavender shortbread for a chilly afternoon or a tea party. Mmmm.
I was in Las Vegas and had a lavender mojito. Delicious!! I had to come home and attempt to make it on my own. I made it just the way a normal mojito would be (mint, quartered limes, sugar, rum, and soda water) but then muddled a small amount of lavender with the mint and floated lavender on top of the drink to give it a beautiful layered look since the limes and mint fall to the bottom if the drink. Gave it a extra dimension and aroma.
My friend also made an amazing lavender panna cotta. I'll see if I can get the recipe from her. When you first took a bite you got all that creamy richness then a moment later the lavender was subtley tasted-yummm!!
Exactly what part is used? Is it the leaves or flowers? I've been growing a couple of plants and notice the leaves are much more fragrant. Thanks!
Looking for something else I came across some sites that had different lavender recipes
Some of the more interesting in the above link
- Lavender Foccacia
- Blue-on-Blue Potatoes
- Chicken Glazed with Lavender and Honey
- Summer Squash Sautéed with Lavender and Thyme
- California Lavender Cheesecake
- Lavender Steak
- Baked Potato with Goat Cheese and Lavender
- Chicken "Pressada"
- Lavender Biscuits
- Lavender Cake