I have lots of lavender plants that have flowered

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what can I use the flowers for. I have made a few lavender bags to keep the moths away but what else could I do?

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joliver-363187 1193062076

Try this its great:

1 leg of lamb - 1.75kg/4lb - remove the bone by butterfly method - ask the butcher!!
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 tbsp of fresh lavender flowers - keep the stems
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp perry vinegar (or use cider if perry is not available.)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dark brown muscovado sugar
salt and black pepper
2-3 bulbs green, new seasons garlic
olive oil to sprinkle
sprigs of fresh thyme

1. Flatten the lamb by pressing on it and place in a large dish.
2. Sprinkle over the onion and the lavender flowers.
3. Mix together the balsamic vinegar, perry vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice and sugar. Season with the salt and pepper and pour over the lamb.
4. Leave to marinate for 1 hour, turning frequently to ensure an even coating.
5. Dampen the left over lavender stalks and scatter over a cool area of the grill.
6. Remove the lamb from the marinade and place on a medium-hot BBQ and cook for 30 - 35 minutes, turning occasionally and basting with the reserved marinade.
7. For the garlic, take a bulb of new season, green garlic and shake over some olive oil. Add a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme and then wrap loosely in some tin foil. Leave over the warm part of the barbecue for 30 minutes or until soft. Remove and eat at will !


nightingale-363127 1193154745

this is simple:

Lavender Sugar

To make lavender sugar for tea or baking, blend in a food processor 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers (always making sure they have not been sprayed with insecticides) with 1 cup sugar. Store in airtight container.

use in cakes

changeisgood 1193219072

Try thses yummy:

Lavender Drop Cookies 2 1/2 doz.

  • 1/4 C butter or margarine
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T lavender buds, crushed fine
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t lemon zest
  • 1 t finely chopped mint

Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and lavender. Mix well. Add flour, salt and baking soda and mix well. Add zest and mint. Drop by teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes.

joliver-363187 1193393089

here's one for next summer!

Lavender Sorbet

1 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 tablespoon
lavender flowers

2 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons vodka

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and water until the sugar dissolves. Add the lavender flowers; stir until mixture comes to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand approximately 10 minutes.

Place a fine strainer over a large bowl and pour syrup mixture through (straining out the lavender flowers). Add lemon juice and vodka to the strained syrup mixture; stir until thoroughly blended.

NOTE: The vodka (or any other type of alcohol) is the secret to a soft sorbet. Alcohol itself does not freeze and adding a little bit keeps the sorbet from doing the same. Vodka is excellent to use because it doesn't affect the taste.

Adding too much lavender to your recipe can be like eating perfume and will make your dish bitter. Because of the strong flavor of lavender, the secret is that a little goes a long way.

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