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Old 01-28-2007, 10:20 PM   #1
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Lavender

Hi everyone....I have a question about Lavender. Can you use dried lavender in cooking? If so, please give some examples. Thanks

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Old 01-28-2007, 10:40 PM   #2
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I've only know this herb to be used as an aromatic. Google it, you may find some recipes.
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:05 PM   #3
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I remember a long time ago (circa 1969) having a pork roast/tenderloin with lavender and sage sauce (or something like that) at a very upscale restaurant in Dallas.

Here are some other ideas from a Google search for Lavender Recipes.
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:07 PM   #4
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I just made lavender vanilla creme brulee--and have some vanilla beans and lavender in some sugar. It is also used in herbes de Provence and hence in marinades and stews that use that combo.
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Old 01-29-2007, 08:24 AM   #5
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Lavender cakes or cup cakes with lavender icing (delicious, lovely serve as part of a bouquet of cupcakes, I do rose and violet too), lavender infused honey, we have a lavendar and blueberry jam (although this one is bought, I did not make it!) anything creamy can have a lavendar infusion. I also make a very succesful chicken salad with lavendar. I love cooking with flowers, I do it quite a bit.
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Old 01-29-2007, 09:30 AM   #6
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Lavender is one of the components of a true "Herbs de Provence" mixture, & is fabulous rubbed over lamb or chicken before roasting.

I've also used it to flavor sugar for baking, have used the flowers for an edible baked goods garnish, & have also enjoyed it steeped along with regular tea (both hot & iced) for a sweet floral note.
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Old 01-29-2007, 09:34 AM   #7
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Oh yes, you can have as tea, I forgot that! The colour is amazing, and the smell, but the flavour as an infusion less so, I have not tried it with regular tea, I'll try that thanks Breezy!
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Old 01-29-2007, 11:41 AM   #8
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yes! as you read above in herbs de provence, mixed with sage, or by itself. It is a distictive scent and a little goes a long way...but it is wonderful : with asparagus, with poultry, with lamb, pork, citrus and lavendar salad dressing, in a creme brulee, etc.
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Old 01-29-2007, 01:44 PM   #9
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I thank you muchly for the responses about cooking uses for lavender!
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Old 01-29-2007, 04:57 PM   #10
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You can also make a Lavender Martini

Make a lavender tea and mix with some simple syrup, vanilla vodka, fresh lemon juice - garnish with a few lavender buds.

There are "culinary" lavender flowers - just make sure they are branded as such.
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