Recipes

Holiday Herbed Cheese Ball

This recipe is simple and delicious! A sure hit at your next party.

Ingredients:

1 pkg cream cheese (softened)

1/2 cup of cheddar cheese (shredded)

1/4 cup goat or sheep gouda (shredded)

1Tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 Tablespoon Serenity Lavender’s Herbes de Provence

 

Instructions:  Place the cheddar cheese in a food processor and gradually add the cream cheese until all cheese is smooth.  Add the Dijon and herbes mix until blended.  Take our of the food processor using a spatula (it will be sticky) and place in pile on a piece of parchment paper.  Place in fridge for approximately 40 minutes.  photo (22)

Take out and roll into a either a large ball or smaller ones.  Garnish with nuts or a tablespoon of Serenity’s herbes de provence.  Serve with crackers and some North 42 Degrees Estate Winery Pinot Noir!  Cheers

 

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Chocolate Lavender Fudge

Lavender Chocolate Fudge2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

1 300 ml can of sweetened condensed milk

1 Tbsp ground lavender

3 Tbsp melted butter

 

Combine all ingredients into a double boiler. Sir constantly until chocolate is melted and smooth.  Place in a 8×8 ” lined pan and cool overnight in the refrigerator until firm.  Cut into pieces and top with fresh lavender,  a sprinkle of lavender salt or cocoa powder

Makes 20 small pieces.

 

 

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Spiced Apple Cider

A great winter holiday drink take the chill away!

2 quarts apple cider

1 cup of brandy or rum

1/2 cup dried cranberries

12 cinnamon sticks

1/2 teaspoon crushed whole cloves

2 Tablespoons whole allspice

1 Tablespoon Serenity’s Culinary  Lavender

 

Instructions

Combine the ciders and spices in a large saucepan. Simmer for about 10 minutes but do not boil.

Strain the spices and discard, preserving the liquid in a pitcher.

Add the brandy/rum. Mix well

Pour the mixture into cups or mugs garnished with apple, cinnamon sticks or sprigs of dried lavender and a serve.

Makes 12 servings

 

 

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Strawberries with Ginger Lavender

Strawberries with ginger lavender

With Strawberry season in full swing, I’m getting ready to make some strawberry lavender jam.  Lavender is a great compliment to any type of berry but those beautiful luscious local red strawberries are accented perfectly with tiny little purple buds of lavender.  There are so many lovely ways to serve lavender and strawberries together from soup to sorbet to tarts but today I’ve decided to experiment with a simple lavender syrup recipe with a twist.

Ingredients

1 lb. of Strawberries (quartered)

1/3 cup of sugar

2/3 cup of water

2 Tablespoons of Serenity Culinary Lavender

2 Tablespoons of Limoncello (Lemon Flavoured liqueur)

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

1/2 tsp culinary lavender

 

Instructions

Rinse and drain Strawberries.  Hull and cut into quarters in a large bowl and set aside.

In a small saucepan over low heat combine water,  sugar and lavender and simmer stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat. Place lid over top for about 15 minutes to allow the syrup mixture to steep and the lavender infuse the mixture.

Strain the syrup and discard the blossoms.

Add ginger and lemoncello into the syrup mixture.

Pour the syrup mixture over the straberries. Add 1/2 teaspoon of dried culinary lavender and toss gently.  Serve the berries in glass bowls or stemmed glasses.  Garnish with Whipped cream and fresh lavender stems.

Makes 4 servings

 

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It’s a lavender hot chocolate day!

lavender hot chocolateIt’s a cold dreary day and a perfect time for a hot mug of chocolate to warm me up!  I found the perfect recipe thanks to A la mode and had to share it with you.  It’s sure to put a smile on your face.

For the hot chocolate:
2 cups whole milk
3 oz. dark chocolate (70% cacao)
1 oz. milk chocolate
1/4 tsp. Serenity Lavender’s culinary lavender
For the whipped cream:
1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream
1/2 tbsp. Serenity Lavender’s Lavender Vanilla sugar

For the whipped cream, place the cold cream, Lavender Vanilla sugar into a cold mixing bowl. Beat the mixture with a whisk or mixer until stiff peaks form. Keep refrigerated until ready for use. For the hot chocolate, beat the milk and lavender over medium heat, whisking occasionally until the milk begins to simmer. Remove from the heat and let the lavender steep for 5 minutes. Strain the lavender and return the milk to the saucepan.imagesS4PRZ09K

Over medium heat, add the chocolate and mix until the chocolate is melted and incorporated. Whisk the milk mixture for 10 – 20 seconds or until frothy. Pour into a large mug and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Enjoy friends and stay warm!
Photo: LivingBeauty.org
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Spicy Lavender Pecans – A great superbowl treat!

Yes,  it is that time of year again when we  gather round the big screen television to watch the superbowl. Or for those who are not football fans at the least the half time show.  This North American tradition has become something more – its a celebration of friendship, family and food.  That food is usually pizza, wings and all kinds of snack foods but why not shake it up a bit and try something with a twist of lavender- yes I said lavender.  Here’s a recipe that we love with the added zest and herbal flavours of lavender.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:                                                                                                              

1 cup of pecans

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup Sugar

2 dried red chile peppers

2 tsp  lavender

Method:

Combine the ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat  constantly stirring to avoid the sugar from burning.  Add the pecans and return to a boil. Reduce heat.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Arrange the pecans evenly on a baking sheet.  Bake at 250 degrees until the pecans start to lightly brown.

Cool and serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roasted Chicken with Herbes de Provence

As the evenings cool down I start thinking about simple fall time recipes and here is one that takes no time at all and is great to feed a family of 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 chicken, 3 to 4 lb.
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Serenity Lavender’s herbes de provence
  • 4  washed mid sized new potatoes
  • 4  peeled carrots
  • 4 peeled parsnips

Mix the salt, pepper and herbes de provence together. Rub the mixture underneath the skin and the rest on the outside of the chicken. Place the chicken in a roasting pan.  Place vegetables around the outside of the pan. Roast at 380°F about 1hr 20 minutes. Serves 4.

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Asparagus with Lavender, Pine Nuts and Parmesan

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.

945800_573294096036625_1465548508_nIngredients:

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

 

Method:

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.

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Photo courtesy of Culinate.com

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Pumpkin Lavender Soup

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!

Ingredients

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

 Instructions

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.

 

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Blueberry Lavender Mojito

Enjoy this refreshing drink with a twist of local seasonal flavours of blueberries and lavender!

 

Ingredients

 10 mint leaves

 1 oz. lavender syrup (recipe to follow below)

 juice of 1/2 pressed lime or a 1/8 of a cup

20 Blueberries

1 & 1/2 ounces white rum club

 soda

 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. 

Lavender Syrup

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. 

 

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