I took a little fieldtrip this past weekend to Winding Brook Estate, a lavender farm.
The premise of the trip was to learn how to cook with lavender, which is a lot less intimidating than it sounds. You can basically add the herb to literally anything, a sweet OR savory dish. Or infuse any liquid, like oil/milk/alcohol/honey. I sampled recipes ranging from lemon & lavender de creme to poached pear to lavender artichoke frittata.
Where are the images of rolling hills you say? Sadly the fields are not in bloom for another few weeks. Ah yes I was a bit disappointed. I did still enjoy learning about all the great lavender health benefits and uses (bug repellent, sleep aid, asthma, skin problems) and what a unique flavor it adds to all kinds of food. Will have to share my recipe attempts when I use it soon!
For more lavender fun, A Subtle Revery posted a few ideas, including a lavender lemonade martini recipe. As I learn more about this wholistic/natural super drug, I'll be sure to share with you.
Do any of you currently use lavender? I'd love to know why you love it!