Category Archives: Recipes

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Sage, Lemon & Lavender Ice Cream

This makes a divine ice cream that will keep people talking for a long time.

Combine the cream, sage, lemon, and whole lavender into the cream over low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t let the cream stick to the bottom or skim on the top – so keep stirring.

When done infusing, strain the herbs and lemon out of the cream.

Add the milk and sugar and chill.

Using an automatic ice cream maker – pour all the chilled ingredients into the ice cream maker’s bowl and process until it’s as firm as you want it.

Transfer the ice cream into containers and put in your freezer for a few hours to get a bit harder.


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Tourtiére with Lavender

Piece of Tourtiere
Piece of Tourtiére Pie

Ingredients – Filling

  • 1 pound lean ground goat (can substitute beef or mixture of beef & pork)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage (or 6 leaves fresh sage – chopped)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup peas

Ingredients – Pie Crust

If you have a favorite recipe for pie crust for a 9” pie – go for it. Otherwise here’s mine:

  • 1 ⅓ sticks of salted butter
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • around 6 tablespoons ice cold water (put water in a cup and float ice cubes in it until you’re ready to use it)

Directions

In a saucepan, combine olive oil, onions & garlic. Saute until they are starting to turn a little brown. You want just a little caramelization. Remove from pan and hold in a good sized bowl (you’ll be adding more later).
In the pan put in the ground meat and cook over medium heat until all the meat is gently cooked. When done, add to the bowl of onions and garlic.
Into the bowl add all the herbs and spices, as well as the peas, carrots, and mashed potatoes. Stir really well, so the potatoes are mixed in and hardly visible.
At this point you can refrigerate the mixture until you are ready to make the pie.

Make the pie crust

Preheat oven to 395 degrees F (200 degrees C).
The easy way: using a food processor, but the flour and salt into the food processor. Cut the butter into pats of about 1 tablespoon each and put in with the flour. Pulse the food processor a couple of times until the butter has been cut into bits – but don’t run it too much or it will be too finely chopped and you’ll sacrifice fluffiness of your crust. Then add about 5 or 6 tablespoons of water and pulse it again. You’re looking for the mixture to make larger beads than with just the butter. Don’t let it clump up into a ball but add water so it will make those beads. Then scoop about ⅔ of it out of the processing bowl, form it into a ball with your hands, and roll out the bottom crust. Put it in the pie pan, add the meat mixture. Then roll out the rest of the pie crust dough. Place top crust on top of pie and pinch edges to seal. Cut slits in top crust so steam can escape.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, check to see how it looks, and keep going until the crust is golden brown and there is a little brown on the bottom crust (if you can see it – we cook in glass pans). Let cool 10 minutes before slicing.

Serving it

It’s good to have some chutney, or Milepost 19’s Raspberry Mustard, yogurt, or other kinds of sweet things for people to use to dress it up at the table.

Bon Appétit!


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Chicken with Balsamic Lavender Marinade

You don’t think of lavender being a savory dish flavor, but it works really well!

2 Chicken breasts

1/2 C Soy Sauce

2/3 C Olive Oil

2 Tbl Mirin (Rice wine)

1/3 C Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 C Brown Sugar

2 Tbl finely chopped onion

2 tsp Culinary Lavender

Mix all but the chicken breasts for the marinade. Wash and pat dry the chicken breasts and put in glass pan and cover with the marinade. Let it sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour, up to 4 hours – turning the chicken from time to time.

Bake in 350 oven until done (you can text by sticking a fork into the chicken and if no juices come out it’s quite done).

Serve with potatoes or pasta


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Roasted Lavender & Sage Fried Potatoes

Out of eggs this morning, so I wandered out to the garden to gather some spuds, onions, garlic & herbs for a mess of fried potatoes for breakfast. Pan-roasted lavender is the newest ingredient in my list and I wanted to experiment with it.

Empty pan

First you’ll have to learn how to pan-roast lavender.

Start with an empty pan – no oil, no butter, nothing.

Essential Oil steaming away

Heat the pan up to medium high, not too hot or you’ll burn the lavender. Add the lavender and stir it constantly. You’ll see the oils steaming away. This will remove some of the sweeter, floral scent of the lavender and leave you with a rich, nutty lavender to use in your savory dishes.

Roasted lavender on left, our regular culinary lavender on right
Whole and Ground roasted lavender

You can see how the color has changed after the lavender has been roasted. After roasting the lavender we grind it up to let the flavor diffuse better into the potatoes. I don’t like biting into a whole bud of lavender, it tends to be too intense and overwhelms the flavor of the dish.

Three kinds of potatoes and our onions make it colorful

Now you are ready to start with the rest of the ingredients.

We used three different kinds of potatoes that we grow: Yellow Finn, Pink Fingerling, and Blue. We grow our own onions and garlic, too. That’s why I said I went out and gathered all those ingredients for breakfast.

Bergaarten Sage
Curly Leaf Parsley
Chopped Parsley

I gathered other herbs for this dish: sage, parsley and then garlic. All are chopped or sliced to add to the potatoes.

Chopped Sage
Sliced Garlic

Throw them in the pan with some salt and cook until some of the surfaces of the potatoes are brown. Serve with eggs and you have a fabulous herbal breakfast.

Ingredients:

1/4 C Olive Oil
6 potatoes
3 cloves of garlic
1 big or two medium onions
2 tsp ground roasted lavender
1 Tbsp fresh chopped sage
1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
Salt to taste

Potatoes ready to eat!

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Jam Recipes

Blueberry Jam

One of our jams

We make jams with lavender.  They are really really good, and people buy them a lot. But, I want to let you know how we do it….

Here’s my secret… you can take your favorite recipe (that makes about 8 seven ounce jars) and add about a tablespoon of ground culinary lavender and make a great jam.

That’s it, simple and yet makes a delicious jam that you will love. Now that we’re going into berry and fruit season you can experiment to your heart’s content with the bounty in your area.

Need culinary lavender? (We have some, of course.) If you have lavender in your garden, just follow these basic rules. Don’t eat Lavendula Stoechas (what a lot of people call Spanish lavender), or most of the Lavendula x-intermedias (the hybrids that have nice long stems, there really isn’t a country’s name that refers reliably to these). You can eat most of the Lavendula Angustifolia varieties – with Hidcote, Munstead, and Melissa being among the best. You can eat one hybrid variety called “Provence”. If you stick to that you’ll be perfectly safe and your jams will be that much more delicious.

Come back to this post and comment to let me know how you did.  Bon Appetit!


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Necessity and invention – No more stink!

I was to supply the lemonade, paper plates, plasticware, and wine glasses at the community dinner last night. I stopped at the local grocery store to get a couple more cans of frozen lemonade and while I was there I picked up some sorely needed underarm deodorant. Did I mention this is going to be a personal blog post? Well, it won’t end up that way, but it starts out….

Tom’s of Maine Lavendar (which they spell wrong) or Calendula deodorants have been my favorite for a while, so I bought one and into the plastic bag it went, along with the lemonade. I got to the dinner, forgot about what was in the bag and handed it off to a woman who seemed eager to have the lemonade. On the way home I remembered. Uh oh, it was going to be a stinky day tomorrow.

Wait a minute! I have a lavender farm and we make lots of cool products, and have even been thinking in the background about making a deodorant. So, onto the web I go and I find a couple of really cute videos of younger-than-me women telling how to make a deodorant. One was Mochamoments and she cracked me up – so calm talking about such a personal thing! I actually didn’t use her recipe for the deodorant, but I did use her attitude-recipe for being cool with it and having fun.

Want to know my recipe?

1 1/2 TBL beeswax pastilles
1/2 TBL Shea Butter
1 TBL Coconut Oil
10 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
15 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
25 drops Lavender essential Oil
3 drops Castor Oil

I melted the first three ingredients in a small sauce pan, then added the rest of the ingredients. Poured them into a mini jam jar (because that is what I had on hand) and capped it to cool. Meanwhile, I scraped the stuff left in the pan with my finger and covered my armpits with the stuff. It smelled wonderful! Nancy, who works here with me, was making fun of me because I’d tuck my nose into the neck of my shirt and sniff every 10 minutes or so. 10 hours later after hard labor on the farm – guess what! I don’t stink!

Make your own deodorant, it’s fun and much more healthy for you. This concoction that I made won’t last forever, because there are no real preservatives in it, but it will last long enough, I’m sure.

Some factoids:
The essential oils included are good because: They all smell wonderful and all three help with antimicrobial effects. Bergamot can have issues with photosensitivity, but hey, here it’s under the arm, where the sun don’t shine.

Castor Oil is an amazing oil, used for things like airplanes, skin conditioner, anti-depressant (Wikipedia: Castor oil and its derivatives have applications in the manufacturing of soaps, lubricants, hydraulic and brake fluids, paints, dyes, coatings, inks, cold resistant plastics, waxes and polishes, nylon, pharmaceuticals and perfumes.) Who knew?

Coconut Oil is used a lot in soaps and lotions because it’s solid at room temperature, and has other cool qualities such as skin moisturizer and softener. Shea butter is also a moisturizer, but it also helps with scars, burns, rashes, etc. And beeswax is just wonderful – it smells good, is hard enough to make the deodorant “paste” viable as a paste. It protects things and adds moisturizing effects, too.

I’ll be making more deodorants, with other ingredients. This is so much fun! Add your comments if you’ve made your own deodorant, or not. Seems to me we can reclaim our own ability to smell wonderful! And, oh, by the way, Go Lavender!!


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Lavender tooth powder

I got curious about making a tooth brushing powder with some lavender, of course. I read up on some ingredients and then tried my first batch.

1/8 C Baking soda (neutralization and scrubbies)
2 drops peppermint essential oil (flavor and a whole host of benefits)
2 drops lavender essential oil (anti-microbial)
1/8 tsp of Equal sweetener (Aspartame, while somewhat questionable for health is powdered, but glyercine would make a paste and sweeten it – depends on what you want)

It didn’t taste all that good, but after brushing with it my mouth feels really fresh and clean. Let me know if you try anything like this, and we’ll all get some great ideas for DIY lavender tooth paste/powder recipes.

Update (4/27/2015): Looking back at this we can’t recommend the recipe because there is probably too much essential oil in it. Use extracts rather than essential oil (Peppermint & Lavender extracts) and use Vegetable glycerine rather than artificial sweetener. That way you are using ingredients that are clearly safe.


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Lavender Applesauce Cake Recipe

Here is a recipe that is getting a surprising amount of positive comments. Thought you’d like to try it out!

Lavender Applesauce Cake

3/8 C Veg. Oil
2 C sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 C flour
1 1/2 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 C raisins
1 1/2 C applesauce
3 tsp lavender

Icing
6 TBL butter
1 TBL cream cheese
2 C Confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 350º

Blend oil, sugar, eggs in food processor so they are smooth and fluffy.
Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl.

Add applesauce and raisins together with the sugar mixture into the dry ingredients, and mix by hand., just until they are all combined, don’t over mix.

Pour into a 9×13 greased pan (or sprayed with vegetable oil) and bake for about 45 minutes (time depends on the oven, keep checking after 45 minutes).

Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then take it out and finish cooling on a rack.

Use the last three ingredients in the list for the icing. Blend them in food processor until creamy smooth. Ice the cake after it has completely cooled. If you want an additional treat add 1 tsp of Lavender Extract to the icing. Yum!

We have the Culinary Lavender and the Lavender Extract for sale.


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Kale Alfredo Sauce

I was faced with a huge bag of kale to cook for dinner. For those of you who don’t usually cook with kale it’s sort of like a tough spinach. It has LOTS of great vitamins and mineral, so it’s good for what ails ya, but it doesn’t lend itself to easy, fast meals. Except last night I created a great pasta sauce out of it – here’s the recipe.

3 or 4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 large yellow onion chopped up
3 large cloves of garlic chopped up
1 stalk of celery chopped up

Saute those in the olive oil in a large skillet. While sauteing add

1 1/2 tsp Herbs de Provence
1 tsp ground Lavender

While the onions brown up a little bit chop up the kale, stirring the onions from time to time.

1 produce bag of kale leaves (you know, the plastic ones in the produce section, stuff it with kale leaves and that should be enough)

The kale reduces in size like spinach does, so just heap it into the pan and turn it in the pan, like a stir fry.

After the kale has sagged a bit, add

1/3 Cup of Knorr Alfredo Pasta Sauce Mix (I got it at Costco, but it may be available at regular stores)
2 cups of milk (maybe a bit more if you like thinner pasta sauces)

Cover and let it cook for about 5 or 10 minutes. The Alfredo Sauce should provide all the salt you need.

When it’s done put it over your favorite pasta (that you have already cooked) and enjoy!


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