3 Unique Ways To Cook With Lavender

It has (maybe) the best smell out there and it can liven up any room. It has calming properties and a very pleasant color. But did you know that some people use it in food? If you’re interested in cooking with lavender, then we’re here to help you learn.

I am obsessed with lavender. Every year I eagerly anticipate what I call lavender season, hoping for June to come sooner and bring with it all of the women (and sometimes men) who sell it on street corners. I can feel the scent a mile away and I cannot wait to bring the fragrant bouquets to my lair, where I hoard them. I have lavender from the past three-four years, arranged in glasses and vases, in every room. It is said to keep mosquitoes away and help you have a better sleep.

I won’t even tell you about the fact that I use lavender shower gel, soap, body cream, this weird dust that’s supposed to absorb the smell of smoke in my living room… Oh, wait. So, of course, when I found out about cooking with lavender, my ears pricked up and I was ready to learn how to do that. But first, I went and got a lavender iced latte, to celebrate!

Cooking with Lavender – A Fragrant Adventure
You can flavor your honey with lavender and then use it in your favorite recipes.

3 tips and tricks for cooking with lavender

1. Buy culinary lavender

Yes, there are more types of the plant out there and yes, there is a specific type that you should use when cooking with lavender. You will find it fresh and dried and the farmers’ market. Ornamental lavender is in no way produced to be used in cooking (even though it is not deadly or harmful). So, choose the culinary type, every time.

How are these types different from one another? Well, the oils in them are different in flavor and in potency. English lavender is usually used because it is the sweetest kind. But it also has multiple varieties, some sweeter, some tangier.

2. Don’t use it as is

You can’t just throw some lavender in your food while it’s cooking and then read a magazine until you taste some of the dish you’ve made and see that it’s not really that pleasant to chew through it. The key here is to use it as an infusion. Make a simple syrup, add some lavender and then strain it out before using it in your dish. You can also grind it with some sugar in a mortar or pestle and then add it to your baked goods.

Cooking with Lavender – A Fragrant Adventure
A lavender lemonade is a very simple way to cut your teeth cooking with lavender.

3. Don’t overdo it

You know this. It’s enough for a gust of wind to move your curtains and touch your lavender bouquet for that strong, amazing fragrance to be felt around your house. That means that the flavor of lavender is also strong in cooking. Don’t use too much of it, or you won’t feel any other flavor in your dish. When you’re starting out, use the exact amount mentioned in the recipe you’re using.

And another useful tip is to pair lavender with something that has a comparatively strong flavor. Lemon juice, for instance, because it’s brighter and they make for an interesting contrast.

What dishes should you use it in?

I’ve already mentioned that lavender goes great with lemon juice, so a lavender lemonade is the first thing on my mind during lavender season. Find other great lemonade ideas, here.

You can also use lavender to flavor honey and you will find that their pairing is one to cherish. You can add the flowers to honey and then warm it gently to infuse this flavor into it. Then spread it on buttered toast, like I do, or use that infused honey in whatever recipe you might want to.

Cooking with Lavender – A Fragrant Adventure
Use lavender to make martini or other refreshing and delicious drinks.

You can also flavor alcohol with lavender. Add it to a bottle of gin or martini, my next try is actually vodka! Then put the bottle in the freezer and take it out during the heated days of summer to create refreshing drinks and cocktails like lavender gin and tonic.

If you grind the lavender with sugar, then you can use the product of that in your baking. Make lavender macarons, meringue, or pound cake or, why not, a lavender glaze for a cheesecake.

And if you’re a fan of lamb, use lavender sprigs instead of rosemary (or a rosemary-lavender combo) for a dry rub before cooking lamb chops. Try to do that with chicken wings as well! The flavors will definitely stand out.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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This Lavender Lemonade Dessert Is The Soft-Serve Slush Hybrid Of Our Dreams

With only days away, breakfast food lovers will want to check out the newest food festival to hit Florida. BRUNCHFEST, hosted by Foodbeast and Hubert’s Lemonade at Playlist Live in Orlando, will be home to some of the most jaw-dropping brunch items you’ve ever tried.

There, you’ll find sweet eats like this soft serve and slush hybrid: the Lavender Lemonade Slush.

Created by Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, the slush is made with Original Hubert’s Lemonade to create a berry slush that boasts hints of lavender. It’s layered with soft serve vanilla ice cream and topped with fresh blackberries and mint.

Think of this refreshing dessert as a palette cleanser for all the dope savory dishes at the first annual brunch festival. Plus, it covers two major food groups: slush and soft serve.

The Lavender Lemonade Slush will be (soft)-served exclusively at Foodbeast’s Brunchfest, presented by Hubert’s Lemonade at Playlist Live. Brunchfest will be running in the Food Truck Area from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, April 28th, and Sunday, April 29th.

Tickets to the event, happening at the Orlando World Center Marriott, are still available.

Photos by Michael Priestley

Created in partnership with Hubert’s Lemonade


Dogfish Head Beer Soap

For some reason anything with the name of Dogfish Head in the form of soap including beer does not sound clean to me. But apparently this soap is made with 90 Minute IPA, ground hops, and barley. It also contains oils of palm, coconut, rice bran and olive, and essential oils of lavender, rosemary, and fir. Wonderfully aromatic and lightly exfoliating. (Thx Dogfish)