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Old 04-08-2008, 01:09 PM   #1
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ISO Lavender Info

Can it be purchased in the herb/spice aisle, what is the taste like?

What I have in mind are these *Baked Strawberries w ice cream or individual strawberry shortcakes w mascarpone. Wondering if I can use the lavender in a compound butter w strawberries/honey/lavender (for pancakes, french toast, crostini, etc.). What do you think? TIA

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Old 04-08-2008, 06:15 PM   #2
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I have wondered about that myself. I know a few DCers use lavender, so hopefully someone will have an answer soon.

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Old 04-08-2008, 06:47 PM   #3
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I've never seen it in a store here. I grow my own. OK, it's died a few times, but when it does well, it does great!!! I usually make Herbes de Provence with it. But, a friend of mine has infused butter / honey / oil something with it. I'll ask him. Make sachets for your pillows / drawers. Stick some in a pot of simmering water , or a hot bath. It is said to have a calming effect. It's great stuff.
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Old 04-08-2008, 09:27 PM   #4
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I've had an Ice Cream recipe for a few years that I haven't tried yet, Lavendar Ice Cream.
I am finally trying to grow some this year so I can try it....
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:54 PM   #5
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I'll have to look it up but I bought lavender from somewhere in San Francisco. I had to buy quite a bit but I didn't care. I used mine for lavender martinis - YUM!
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uh, martinis??? sounds awesome!
care to share???
brought my own booze tonight, no mooching!!!
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:32 AM   #7
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I have had lavendar semi-freddo a couple of times but they never strain the lavender bits out and you end up with the grainy bits being caught in your teeth. Smells good though.
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:07 AM   #8
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I am with Loppraine - If I find lavender outside somewhere, I pick some and hang it until it is dry and use it in hot baths with milk and honey for wife. She loves it (I may have tried it once or twice as well!)
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:16 AM   #9
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He infused it in sugar, much like you would a vanilla bean. He didn't infuse oil, but did try vinegar. That wasn't a huge success. The infused vodka wasn't bad.
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:15 AM   #10
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If you google "culinary lavender" you will come up with several places where you can buy this. We make a lavender shortbread that is delicious. I put the sugar for that in the food processor and avoid the little bits of lavender, it all gets blended in.
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This is where I bought mine. If you order from them just be sure they understand that you want culinary lavender.
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This is where I bought mine. If you order from them just be sure they understand that you want culinary lavender.
Bingo. Thank you kitchenelf. That's what I'm looking for.

ETA: The recipe I want to make (see link in first post), calls for lavender flowers. My understanding(?) is, not to use lavender from the garden as it contains pesticide. So... the recipe is a bit confusing, for me. Thanks for all the input. Love the ice cream idea as well. Wonder why the market does not carry it. Hmmm.
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This is where I bought mine. If you order from them just be sure they understand that you want culinary lavender.


what a great site, elf. thanks


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Old 04-09-2008, 11:16 PM   #14
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Penzys spices I think sells Lavender, If not try a Whole foods market
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:03 AM   #15
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Stumbled on this cocktail which may interest you:
Glen of passion - Recipe - Taste.com.au
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You can get just about anything in a spice here.

The Spice House - Merchants of Exquisite Spices, Herbs and Seasonings

That link is for lavender.

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Old 04-10-2008, 09:20 PM   #17
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Ooooo. More Lavender goodies. Thank you.

Found a recipe for Lavender Lemonade & Lavender cookies dipped in chocolate that sound Lavendericious.
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kitchenelf, you've GOT to post that lavender martini recipe!! i'm especially fond of adding a pinch of lavender into earl grey tea, or plain green tea. yum!

Dave is right, penzey's totally sells lavender.

i got a huge stash of it for fairly cheap at my local world market, back in their food section. if there's one near you, they have a neat selection of spices, herbs, imported candies, tea...
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The current issue of Today's Diet & Nutrition magazine has a very interesting article on cooking with lavender. You should be able to find it at your local news stand, Borders Books or Barnes & Noble, or maybe the local public library.
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:59 PM   #20
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Thanks Dave, fireweaver & Caine. Didn't see it on Penzey's site on first try.

Been doing some web-reading on lavender. Seems it will mellow? you out, but may interefere w or enhance certain meds... so I'm holding off for a while.

Interested in K'elf's martooni though.

ETA: That looks like a kewl magazine, Caine. Thank you.
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