My Lavender Runneth Over...
Shopping at our favorite Chinese apothecary in Flushing, New York, I spotted a lovely jar of very fragrant lavender blossoms. It was remarkably cheap; on sale. For $5 I got a *huge* baggie of the stuff.
I seek recommendations. Not the usual culprits like tea or infused vodka. (I put some of the blossoms into a pot of Pu-Erh tea and was in heaven!) What do 'Hounds do with lavender?
To get the party started I'll tell you what I made for lunch today:
A pound of boneless skinless chicken thigh meat, cut into 1" cubes.
1/4 lb. smoky sausage; I used smoked German wurst.
1 cup diced onion
At least a cup of mushrooms, sliced
1 cup coarsely chopped celery
1/4 cup Olive Oil
A couple cloves of garlic, smashed
A few bay leaves
A little chicken stock
A little white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc)
Saute everything (but stock & wine) in the olive oil until lightly browned.
Add stock and wine and simmer until the sauce is somewhat thick. Season with salt & pepper. We served with some sticky rice.
First thing I would do is make a batch of lavendar salt. Last time I was at the Charleston farm market I bought some from a vendor who uses salt she buys in France (she's a flight attendant). We brought it back to the house and sprinkled over freshly sliced farm tomatoes. So delicious my sister was forced to go get more tomatoes so we could do an encore. Later that day, we used it with butter on corn and rubbed into grilled steaks. Entire (small) jar gone in 3 days.
Lavender shortbread. Put some blossoms in with the sugar you will use, bruise gently, cover, and let sit at least overnight before using. Drizzle the shortbread with dark chocolate.
I recently purchased a bottle of lavender balsamic vinegar for my mother (who loves lavender). Its a delicious flavor combination for dessert- Im sure that it would be easy to make as well by steeping lots of lavender in the vinegar....
Some previous threads:
And some sites:
Doing a search on the Home Cooking board will bring up many more threads. (This thread might get moved there as well, as it's more appropriate over there.)
It's always easier to ask then search, but the search function has gotten a lot better. I was surprised at the number of threads on HC with "Lavender" in the title as well - not all are listed above.
Have fun! I also love using culinary lavender, but a little can definitely go a long way. :-)