It’s asparagus season in Essex County and how could I resist sharing this delicious recipe. It’s elegant and simple with of course a touch of lavender.
2 pounds of pencil thin asparagus
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 Teaspoon crushed hot pepper flakes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon, ground Serenity culinary lavender
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
Clean the asparagus and tim off the tough ends. Cook in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and cover with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain and pat dry.
Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pepper flakes and garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute. Add pine nuts and saute until the nuts turn a light golden brown. Add the asparagus and lavender cook for an additional 3 minutes, until just heated through. Season with salt and pepper.
Remove from pan and place onto a serving platter. Top with parmesan allowing the heat to melt the cheese. Sprinkle with lemon zest and drizzle with lemon juice.
A perfect side dish or lunch. Serve with Sauvignon blanc wine.
Photo courtesy of Culinate.com
At Serenity Lavender Farm we love this time of year. As winter sets in and days get cooler, its hard to imagine not having a delicious bowl of soup. We’ve put a twist on an old time favourite- Enjoy!
1 Tbsp Serenity Lavender culinary lavender
1/4 cup water
3 cups chicken stock
3/4 tsp salt
2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 c chopped onion
1/4 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
Bring dried lavender blossoms and water to boiling. Remove from heat and allow mixture to steep 10 minutes. Strain liquid, discarding blossoms. Set lavender infusion aside.
In a saucepan combine chicken stock, onion, garlic, pumpkin, thyme. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, whisk in lavender insfusion and whip cream. Season with salt and ground peppercorns
Ladle soup into warm bowls. Garnish each with a spoonful of sour cream and, if desired, dried lavender.
This recipe yields 4 servings.
Enjoy this refreshing drink with a twist of local seasonal flavours of blueberries and lavender!
10 mint leaves
1 oz. lavender syrup (recipe to follow below)
juice of 1/2 pressed lime or a 1/8 of a cup
1 & 1/2 ounces white rum club
In tall glass crush mint leaves, lavender syrup, lime juice, 15 blueberries and rum. Mix just enough to combine flavors and the blueberries are slightly open. Fill shaker with crushed ice pour the syrup mixture overtop and top with Club Soda. Shake until well blended. Garnish with blueberries on a cocktail pick and fresh lavender.
1/4 cup of Serenity Lavender Culinary Lavender
1 Cup of Water
1/2 Cup Sugar
In a small saucepan bring water to a boil add lavender, cover and let steep for 20 minutes. Using a sieve strain the lavender. Return to stove and over medium heat add sugar stirring until it is all dissolved. Place in a container and refrigerate.
This syrup is handy to have around to make other drinks inlcuding lavender lemonade thru the summer! Courtesy of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.