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Lavishly Lavender 
 
Jul. 8, 2009 8:54 pm 
Updated: Jul. 13, 2009 5:50 pm
It's not enough to stop and smell the lavender; this year I've decided to cook with it. And I won't be running out of this heady little flower any time soon thanks to my inability to accept that a tiny lavender plant eventually grows into a large lavender plant, multiplied by the immoderate amount of tiny lavender plants I bought at the nursery. I mean, they were so small and cute. How much room could they possibly take up?

And talk about bee magnets! My lavender is vibrating with fat black bees striped with neon yellow belly bands.

So here I go again. Just like the mint that ate my garden, lavender is becoming the ingredient I think of first when I think of cooking. If only in self-defense.

How does Lavender Tea Bread sound to you? It sounded great to me, and with a sugar glaze laced with fresh lime juice, this fragrant little loaf was delightful with lemonade, coffee, or--go figure--a cup of tea.

The next time I make it, I'll reduce the lavender from 3 tablespoons to 2 (you can have too much lavender) but this recipe is worth revisiting.

What's next? Lavender Shortbread Cookies? Or how about this: a friend just sent me a recipe for chicken roasted with lavender and honey. I'm going to have to buzz right over to my lavender crop and sacrifice a sheaf to the cause.

Do you cook with lavender? Drop me a note and give me some ideas!

Thanks for the visit, and happy flower-scented cooking.
Lavender Tea Bread with a sugar and lime juice glaze.
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Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' aka "lavandin" (which certainly sounds nicer than Grosso).
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Lavender flowers, up close and personal. No bees, though. They were camera-shy.
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Comments
Connie 
Jul. 9, 2009 5:49 am
lavender tea bread sounds so delish! thanks for the warning on the lavender plants,i ve been wanting to plant some myself.
 
Jul. 9, 2009 6:52 am
Hi foode! I love cooking with lavender. I once made a lavender brittle and crushed it over grilled peaches served over ice cream. Thanks for inspiring me to cook with flowers again! I'm craving lavender shortbread cookies!
 
Jul. 9, 2009 9:56 am
I'm always on the lookout for lavender recipes as I have a plant myself, plus I bought a jar of dried lavender blooms. Thanks for the Tea Bread recipe idea...anxious to try it soon!
 
Jul. 9, 2009 10:34 am
mmm... the lavender tea bread looks yummy!!
 
Jul. 9, 2009 12:18 pm
I've had lavender cookies before - actually, at a tea shop nearby! I have some lavender growing (yes, you are right - bee magnets!) but do you know if ALL lavender is ok to eat/drink? I have no clue what kind it is - it sure smells lavender-y. I just remember someone saying some varieties aren't good to cook with... Anyway, thanks for sharing!
 
bmaly 
Jul. 9, 2009 6:44 pm
Not sure if you're in to making ice cream, but this lavender honey ice cream I had is the BEST ice cream I have ever had in my life! Definitely worth a try!
 
Jul. 9, 2009 7:42 pm
I've just recently finished two courses dealing with herbs. Lavender is the favorite herb of the instructor. It actually has medicinal qualities and can soothe, calm, and help people sleep. We made lavender tea bags and the tea is delicious! These courses were my first experience with lavender as a food. I bought two plants after the first course!
 
Jul. 9, 2009 7:59 pm
Hello Foode, Okay.....SCORE on the tea bread it looks wonderful and I'm sure tastes out of this world. I will add that to the 'must try before summer is over' recipes. You suggest a nice cold lemonade with that. Next time, add some lavender to the lemonade and infuse that too. It's really delicious. Remember too, you can always dry some and create your own Herbs d' Provence. Do you make, or have you ever made soap? Use some there. Craft warehouse, Michaels, or any number of craft stores could get you started on some creative Christmas gifts.
 
Janet 
Jul. 9, 2009 8:10 pm
Greetings from the San Joaquin Valley. Am excited to have found your blog as I love all things Lavender!! Have just printed your recipes and now will be heading to a nursery to purchase some more of this wonderful plant. Will be dropping in from to time to time to see what more you all have come up with.
 
Jul. 9, 2009 9:03 pm
Hi Everyone! Thanks for dropping in. Your interest in lavender inspired me to do a little more research into what variety of lavender is best for cooking. The bad news is I didn't use the right kind in my tea bread. That's probably why I thought the taste was a bit overwhelming. The good news is I've got lots of the recommended variety growing, too. Several sources say I should use English lavender (lavandula angustifolia) because the taste is sweeter, lighter, and not as medicinal as the lavandula x intermedia that I used. Okay, now I'm really going to give that tea bread another try and this time with the correct sort of lavender. I'm also going to give lavender sugar a try and lavender jelly, too. I've tasted it before with goat cheese and rosemary crackers and I can't possibly describe how good it is. You'll have to try it and you'll see what I mean. I'll keep you posted on how this lavender frenzy plays out. Thanks again for visiting!
 
Jul. 9, 2009 9:11 pm
Here's another use for lavender: I like to weave lavender wands and give them away or put them in my closets and drawers. If you'd like, I'll post a photo tutorial. They're very easy to make but they'll make you look like a crafting genius.
 
Jul. 9, 2009 10:12 pm
I use lavendar for medicinal purposes and for cleaning. My mouth is watering for the tea bread. Beautiful photo!
 
Jul. 9, 2009 10:14 pm
Yes, there are lavendar teas, you steep them and drink, delicious!
 
mfreegard 
Jul. 10, 2009 6:04 am
i use lavendar in my chicken stew and in chicken and dumplings recipes.
 
Debbie M. 
Jul. 10, 2009 6:06 am
Lavender is such a wonderful plant! It tastes good (a relaxant) and keeps bugs out of your clothes...better than mothballs!...from the lavender capital of Texas!
 
Jul. 10, 2009 6:57 am
When it comes time to trim the woody portions out of your lavender plants save it and dry it to add to the coals on the BBQ. It adds a very aromatic and lightly sweet smoke to your food, nice with poultry.
 
Jul. 10, 2009 7:29 am
Oh, try this website http://www.kansaslavender.com/recipes.html my daughter-in-law found this lavendar farm. We, her mother, OUR granddauhter, myself and d-i-l actually visited this place. WONDERFUL!!! They had samples of the cake and ice cream and demonstrated making "wands". Heavenly. I was surprised to see they share the recipes. The husband and wife were eager to share their knowledge about lavendar. I too figured out that the lavendar will take over but mine died. I will try again though.
 
Jul. 10, 2009 7:40 am
Wonderful ideas from all of you! Lavender ice cream, lavender brittle over ice cream, lavender tea (hot and iced), lavender with chicken, homemade Herbes de Provence, lavender moth repellant (you have to love that!) and lavender clippings for BBQ smoking. And I have so much lavender growing right now I wish I could just have you all over to my garden and we could hold our own lavender festival. Wear your bee keeper outfits!
 
Jul. 10, 2009 9:33 am
@rockerbilly: 'excellent' profile pic.
 
Jul. 10, 2009 9:47 am
I made lavender cream scones with some flowers from my plant a few weeks ago, and they were fantastic!
 
Jul. 10, 2009 1:59 pm
Hi All, A word of caution: If you are going to cook with Lavender please make sure you either grow it yourself or buy a food grade product. Most dried Lavender has been sprayed with pesticide during the growing process, so make sure it is safe to consume! Then get to baking!
 
Rappenwolf 
Jul. 10, 2009 2:18 pm
I don't have lavender, but last year I had nasturiums galore. One day, I picked a couple dozen in various colors and stuffed them with herbed goat cheese for a little plate of nibbles. The sweet, peppery taste of the flowers was really nice with the soft cheese.
 
Tarrah 
Jul. 10, 2009 4:40 pm
My husband loves Lavender! We are going to the Lavender Festival next weekend. Check it out! http://www.lavenderfestival.com/ Thanks for the inspiration!
 
Jul. 10, 2009 7:33 pm
Lavender is good for moth repellent, tie it in bundles with a ribbon & put in drawers. It makes clothes smell great too! Also, you can make sleep pillows to put under your pillow to help you relax & sleep at night. It smells heavenly.
 
Jul. 10, 2009 7:59 pm
Forgot to mention that, IMO, both lavender and mint are worth growing to bring bees, bees and more bees.
 
cathy p 
Jul. 11, 2009 2:09 pm
The recipes sound wonderful! Just this afternoon I planted my first lavender plant-I figure this time next year I should have plenty!
 
Gizzie 
Jul. 11, 2009 4:24 pm
Thank you for all the lavender information, I am excited to make and visit some of these suggestions.
 
butterfly 
Jul. 11, 2009 6:53 pm
Lavender is one of my favorite herbs. It smells so heavenly. I bought some lavender jelly at a craft fair once. It was delicious. I ate it on crackers with cream cheese. Delicious!
 
TLC 
Jul. 11, 2009 8:16 pm
I am confused about which part of the lavender to use for cooking. The blossom part only?
 
Chef W 
Jul. 11, 2009 10:28 pm
If you've never had the opportunity to produce your own herbes de Provence blend, your abundance of lavender provides a wonderful opportunity to try. Take this from a professional chef--the best way to use herbes de Provence is on a rack of lamb. Make a dry rub with the herbes (50%) with ground mustard (15%), rubbed sage (15%), and white pepper (10%). Rub the rack down and roast at 375F until internal temperature reaches 145F, then remove from oven and rest 10 minutes. Cut into individual chops and serve (over roasted garlic whipped potatoes). If you've Frenched the bones, the presentation is out of this world.
 
sueb 
Jul. 12, 2009 4:55 am
I want to get around to creating a lavender cheesecake!
 
Jul. 12, 2009 5:48 am
For more recipes visit my blog at: http://www.localharvest.org/blog/12447/ I am a lavender grower, myself I find English lavender the sweetest florets. Have a lavenderful DAY! Gayle
 
Jul. 12, 2009 1:34 pm
Where can I get lavender to bake with if I don't grow it? Also, I'm interested in learning how to make lavender wands.
 
Reznut 
Jul. 12, 2009 2:19 pm
@4givnCyn - I have bought organic lavendar at health food/nutrition stores.
 
Jul. 12, 2009 3:15 pm
I've never cooked with lavender but that bread sure sounds good.
 
missjaymie 
Jul. 12, 2009 7:19 pm
My Mom used to make lavender infused lemonade, and it was amazing.
 
Jul. 13, 2009 5:31 am
Lavender lemonade is delish as is a lavender mint tes. My fav though is a lavender muffin. My note of caution is this... some people have an allergy to lavender and do not know it. those on heart meds are susceptible to the calming properties and may experience adverse reactions.
 
Jul. 13, 2009 7:43 am
Interesting read - do post your photo tutorial on weaving wands for gifts. Would it work with rosemary, do you think? It grows like a weed, here.
 
Jul. 13, 2009 9:22 am
Recipe Update: I baked another loaf of Lavender Tea Bread, this time with English lavender instead of French. The flavor was lighter and more delicate, less aggressively lavender. Think of a cool, misty English garden compared to a sunbaked hillside in the south of France. Both have their charms; it's up to you to decide where you want your tastebuds to vacation.
 
Jul. 13, 2009 9:33 am
Okay! One photo tutorial on making lavender wands coming right up! Check back in the next few days. @swchef: I wonder if I could make rosemary wands? Hmmm.
 
Erin 
Jul. 13, 2009 10:20 am
I've seen a recipe for lavender creme brulee, but I haven't tried it yet!
 
LauraR005 
Jul. 13, 2009 4:19 pm
Just a not for all you "lavender" fans--try Johnson Lavender baby bath & body cream --it's yummy smelling on us "big" girls too!
 
Jul. 13, 2009 5:50 pm
Keep lavender sugar on hand for baking. In a food processer, grind sugar with 2 or more TBSP of lavender. While it smells strong, once you use the lavender sugar for baking, it mellows out quite a bit. Keeps for a long time if in sealed glass jar. Handy to add the sugar to anything, such as lemonade as one blogger suggested.
 
 
 
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