A Little Help?


I never go to the grocery store with lists.

I’m sure it would make perfect sense to write out everything I plan to cook in the near future and purchase the necessary ingredients, but it’s just not me. I’d much rather go to the store, wander around, and grab everything that looks new and exciting, supermarket sweep style. While thrilling, this method has its drawbacks, as I often return home only to realize that I have 40 food items and not one complete meal.

This, of course, is how I end up cooking things like duck bacon-zucchini-tomato-pine nut tortellini. But sometimes I get home from the food co-op and realize I’ve bought something that I really have no idea how to work with.

A few weeks ago, I returned with a little baggie of organic lavender flower, a splurge purchase from the spice aisle that I am completely clueless about. When I google it, all I get is info about soap, so I’m really gonna need some help here, ES readers.

What does one cook with lavender? Do I stir it into tea? Is it a baking thing? Could I make some kind of rub for pork? Does it play well with other spices? Is it even a spice? Any input/recipes/crazy ideas would be much appreciated, and I promise to pursue the best idea and report back.

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  • gansie April 28, 2008  

    well i know that lavender is one of the spices that makes up the blend herbs de provence. so im thinking you could look up recipes that include that blend and go from there. lots of roasted chicken and vegetables at first glance.

    or maybe you can make a milkshake with vanilla ice cream and lavender?

  • bobbyc April 28, 2008  

    Looks like desserts, beverages and pork/chicken rub are all worth trying…

  • MissGinsu April 28, 2008  

    Of course herbal teas, but I’ve also seen lavender shortbread cookies and lavender chicken.

  • Heather April 28, 2008  

    Lavender is one of my favorite ingredients. steep it with the milk/cream for a chocolate pie- it turns into a minty flavor. it is also good in a salt brine for pork. and it makes great shortbread!

  • JoeHoya April 28, 2008  

    As someone who’s allergic to lavender, I have to avoid herbs de Provence because Gansie’s exactly right about it being in there.

    Generally speaking, they contain a combination of thyme, basil, bay leaf, and rosemary. Marjoram, savory, and tarragon occasionally show up, as well.

    Check here for some good background, recipes, and hints on using lavender in cooking.

  • Alex April 28, 2008  

    Dark chocolate anything with lavendar. Yum.

  • MonkeyBoy April 28, 2008  

    Lavender lemonade is excellent, although all the recipes I’ve seen use the leaves, not the flowers.

  • gansie April 28, 2008  

    JH – Who the eff is allergic to LAVENDER?!?!

  • JoeHoya April 29, 2008  

    I know, right! How stupid would that be?!?

    You didn’t think I was serious, did you? Allergic to lavender? Come on!!

    Not me…love the stuff! Totally…


  • BS April 30, 2008  

    thanks everyone! I think I’m gonna try the shortbread thing first, and if I like that, maybe go for something meat-y.

  • gansie April 30, 2008  

    youre going to bake?

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