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Magical Lavender Recipes

Everyday Elsie by Lora Craig-Gaddis
Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram;

The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun,
and with him rise weeping.

— The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare

Here are a couple of lavender recipes you might like to try this weekend. I have to admit I have not made the tart yet, so please let me know if it turns out well (or not).

Make sure you are using culinary lavender – that is, it has not been treated with chemicals like pesticides or herbicides, but is food grade quality.

Lavender Sugar

Bruise dried lavender flowers and add them to superfine or confectioners sugar. (They must be dried, or else they may get moldy). Store in an airtight jar until used. Use a sieve to remove flowers before use.

If you don’t have time to make lavender cookies from scratch, you can sprinkle those store-bought cookie dough rolls with lavender sugar to give them some magic and personality! You can also add this scented sugar to cakes, meringues and other sweets for a delicate flavor. Hint: A touch of lavender with chocolate is amazing !

Magical Herb Goat Cheese Tart

If you have the time and skill, make your own pie or tart crust. Just a standard one, nothing fancy (unless you want to). For the rest of us mere mortals, though, we rely on prepared crusts from the grocery store. Buy the best ones you can afford (and watch out…a lot of them contain lard, which is something you may or may not want to be serving).

Pie crusts can become tarts simply by shaping them while they’re soft, to fill the bottom of a tart pan. This is not necessary, but it looks prettier and may affect the baking time, so be sure to check while it cooks.

10 ounces soft mild goat cheese
1 cup cottage cheese

3 large egg yolks

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened

1 tablespoon chopped mixed fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and lavender

2 to 3 tablespoons mixed whole fresh herb leaves

Prepare the crust according to directions.

In a food processor blend cheeses, yolks, flour, and butter until smooth. Stir in chopped herbs and pour filling into tart shell. Bake tart 20 minutes, or until filling is just set. Sprinkle tart with herb leaves and continue baking until filling and crust are pale golden. Give it the toothpick test – insert a toothpick into the center and if it pulls out cleanly, that is, without eggy goop on it, it’s done.

Cool tart in pan on a rack and remove rim. Serve warm or at room temperature.
You might want to remember to leave a little slice offering for the Good Folk.

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  • June 29, 2008, 12:27 am Anonymous

    Hello Beth Owl-
    Thank you so much for this series on Lavender. I did not know it had some many health and magical properties. Here in the Pacific Northwest the town of Sequim has tons of lavender farms. They have a lavender festival every year in July, where you can visit the farms, but plants and products, and walk through the fields. The plants are gorgeous, and there is a huge variety of them, but the prices are high. There is a local farm in our area that sells for a nice price and we buy most of our plants there.
    The main reason I planted lavender around the house was because it thrives, despite bad soil and doesn’t require much care. It’s always green and smells great. Though I’ve learned not to plant it near a downspout, faucet or any place ferns grow since the soil is too moist and the plants are small instead of robust. Now I’ve learned about all of it’s magical and health properties, so will actually try to harvest the flower this summer, instead of just leaving them on the plants.
    Also, loved the Elsie everyday picture. Visited the site, and can’t wait to show it to my kids. Thanks so much for your post. I am still keeping the gratitude diary you talked about last year during your money posts.

  • June 29, 2008, 7:20 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Thanks so much for checking in (anonymous??)..Yes, lavender’s only fussiness is that it wants to be dry and sunny, like the Mediterranean hillsides where it thrives.

    And do go ahead and harvest it; I didn’t know this until I started writing more about it this week, but by continuing to cut it, you can keep it blooming longer into the season! A nice bonus.

    Finally, thank you for sharing that you are keeping your gratitude diary.. It really is one of THE most powerful acts of magic I have ever encountered.

    May your blessings be deep, splendid and many!
    – Beth

  • November 5, 2008, 7:22 pm Vanessa Greenway

    Hello! I just found your blog through Google. Do you know where I could find some dried lavender flowers here in Durham? Thank you! Have a great day! Vanessa