Cooking with lavender

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  1. epicuric

    epicuric Veteran Staff Member

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    I’m currently surrounded by lavender bushes, and keen to find a culinary use for them. I have come across a few recipes for sweet dishes that use lavender, but sweet dishes are really not my thing. I am struggling to find any savoury dishes (veg, meat or fish) that use lavender. I have a couple of ideas, but any suggestions would be very welcome
     
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  2. MypinchofItaly

    MypinchofItaly Veteran

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    Unfortunately I have no familiarity with either the savory dishes based on lavender, or the sweet ones. I only made cookies once, but I had the feeling of chewing the washing-up liquid (good lavander cookies are another thing, I know).
    Then? I join your request about suggestions
     
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  3. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I think lavender can be used in the sort of recipes to which you might add Rosemary. So roast lamb for example. But you need to be sparing.
     
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  4. Karen W

    Karen W Senior Member

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    How about making lavender salt? Combining the dried leaves with fleur de sel or sea salt, and storing it in a pretty airtight jar? There are some ez methods on the web. Perhaps use the salt as a rub for beef, on lamb (chops), on roast chicken, fish, scallops, in soups, salads, on fruits (melon, watermelon), Margaritas?
     
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  5. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    Can't imagine that paring with lamb, well not round here,lmao.

    Russ
     
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  6. Karen W

    Karen W Senior Member

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    Or, make your own Herbes de Provence.
     
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  7. epicuric

    epicuric Veteran Staff Member

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    I see where you are coming from here. I was thinking of duck, possibly working lavender into a recipe I do with duck and carob syrup.
     
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  8. epicuric

    epicuric Veteran Staff Member

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    Great idea! That will have to wait until I get home though.
     
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  9. epicuric

    epicuric Veteran Staff Member

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    That really is a splendid idea. I think I have all of the ingredients apart from savoury.
     
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  10. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I've found a few great ideas in a marvellous book by Chef Paul Gayler. I'll photograph and post them. Fowl does seem a good way to go based on the recipes there so yes to duck. Paul Gayler is not a TV chef so not very well known - but I can thoroughly recommend. He is often vegetarian friendly too.
     
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  11. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Sorry - I meant to post these earlier. Paul Gayler on Lavender - see duck recipe below!

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  12. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    Too fancy for me,lol

    Russ
     
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  13. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    What is? Lavender or the recipes I posted?
     
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  14. Karen W

    Karen W Senior Member

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    It also occurred to me to make lavender homemade pasta. Perhaps dry the lavender first? A light, buttery, lemony sauce topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese or sprinkling of fresh flat-leaf parsley might be nice.
     
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  15. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    The recipe.

    Russ
     
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