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Chicken Provençal Recipe

We’ve been longing to travel… but that won’t be happening soon   So,  if we can’t travel to Provence at least we can bring that idyllic wine and lavender oasis of France to our dinner table.

Obviously travelling vicariously is not quite the real thing but, it’ll have to do and what better way to travel than through food.

This week it’s a simple meal:  chicken,  dusted in flour and roasted with shallots, lemons, tomatoes, olives and garlic in a douse of dry red wine (I use the Pinot Noir from our sister company North 42 Degrees Estate Winery https://north42degrees.com/product/pinot-noir-2018-vqa/ ) and a sprinkle of  our own blend of herbes de Provence. https://serenitylavender.com/product/herbs-de-provence/   The chicken pieces crisp up on top, while the shallots and garlic melt into sweetness below. You could serve with rice, mashed potatoes or a simple green salad and a crispy fresh baguette to mop up the sauce.

 

A terrific recipe using local wine and lavender

Chicken Provencal with Herbs de Provence

 

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and/or drumsticks 
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ to ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Serenity Lavender herbes de Provence
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 6 medium-size shallots, peeled and halved
  • 1 pint/2 cups of  cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives
  •  cup dry red Wine
  • 4 sprigs of thyme, for serving

Method

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture; this will ensure the skin gets nice and crispy
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Put the flour in a shallow pan or plate, and lightly dredge the chicken in it, shaking the pieces to remove excess flour.
  • On the stove top in an oven proof skillet heat the olive oil and place the floured dredged chicken skin side down until crispy and golden brown about 6-7 minutes.  Turn the chicken over and cook the other side for about 6-7 minutes.  Sprinkle the chicken with the herbes de Provence.
  • Arrange the lemon, garlic cloves, tomatoes and shallots around the chicken, then add the dry red wine to the pan.
  • Put the pan in the oven, and roast for 10-12 minutes, then baste it with the pan juices (do not skip this step). Continue roasting for another 20minu tes, or until the chicken is very crisp and the meat cooked through.
  • Serve in the pan or on a warmed platter, garnished with fresh thyme sprigs.

 

Serve with mashed potatoes, rice or crisp baguette.

Bon Appetit!

 

 

 

 

 

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New Year – Spruce up your Home

You know what they say- new year, new home decor. With the beginning of each new year, January encourages everybody to hit the reset button – make some resolutions, hit the gym, find  a new mantra or start a new project.  In the spirit of that trend  comes the instinct to freshen up our home.

Once the Christmas decorations have come down, your interior can suddenly feel quite bare and unadorned.  While January is a perfect time to declutter.  It can also be a time to update your home with a few key pieces.  No one has the budget to redo their home year after year to meet the current trends and colours. But, one of the easiest ways to make a change is to find a new unique accent piece for your table like a vase or sculpture.

We absolutely adore this funky sculpted vase that is handmade at Hillborn pottery in Cambridge Ontario and is available for purchase at Serenity Lavender Farm.  This fashionable vase can hold water and is suitable for fresh or dry flowers…. like lavender. We of course love, love love  the periwinkle colour and blue accents. It is a perfect statement piece to perk up a room in shades of grey, cream, beige or white.

Purple pottery vase by Hillborn . The perfect statement piece for your home

Artisan pottery by Hillborn brings a winter wonderland to your home

Another cool piece or rather pieces for winter is this winter wonderland… you can keep a bit of the holiday season in your home  all winter long and brighten up any space with it’s vibrant colours reminiscent of the northern lights in Northern Ontario.  These pieces are again from our friends at Hillborn Pottery and available at Serenity Lavender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dried lavender for your home

Imagine the calming scent of lavender in your home

Simplicity is sometimes best and after indulging over the holidays we are partial to this DIY idea.  All you need is a metal tray.  Spray paint it to suit your taste- pewter would be fantastic. Then find 3 glass vases even from Dollarama or mason jars and add some dried lavender – available at Serenity Lavender.  You can even add some ribbon but we like the unadorned elegance of this centrepiece and so simple to make yourself.

 

 

 

There is plenty of inspiration around  us to refresh your home decor.   Check out our shop or some of the websites or instagram pages of some your favourite local  shops.  Support local and small business!

 

 

 

 

 

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Lavender Honey-What’s the Buzz?

Our bees have been busy this year and we have once again we have lavender honey!

What’s the buzz? A worker bee gathers in her entire life 0.8 gram (0.0288 ounce) of honey and it requires 556 worker bees  and a million flowers to gather a pound of honey.  Bees normally fly once around the world to gather enough nectar for that pound of honey but we make it a bit easier for them by placing our hives in our lavender production field. Still, that’s alot of flowers.

Raw honey has been used as a folk remedy throughout history. But those old wives tales are true and honey has a variety of health benefits and medical uses. It’s chocked full of antioxidants, is heart healthy and tastes delicious too!

The bees arrived back on our property on June 7th and we have 8 hives this year.  The bees were very busy with 2 blooms this summer and our first batch of honey was extracted on July 21st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sooooo golden in colour and the delicate floral scent of lavender flows through this pleasant, well balanced and rounded honey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we just stocked our shelves with some gorgeous honeycomb.  Eating honeycomb is one way to enjoy the full fruits of our bees’ labour.  To produce one pound of wax the bees consume 6-8 lbs of honey.  The wax is edible and honeycomb contains not just honey but also pollen and sometimes royal jelly. It’s the perfect addition to a bowl of oatmeal in the morning and you’ll find it on our charcuterie boards at the Bistro 42.

We’ll be saying goodbye to our bees soon as the evenings cool but we thought we’d share this old family recipe as our bee season winds down and they go into hibernation.

Polish Honey Spice Cookies (Pierniczki)

Ingredients

1 c sugar

¼ c  water

 

1 c honey

2 tsp allspice

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp cloves

½ tsp nutmeg

4 tsp butter

 

4 c flour

1 whole egg plus 1 egg yolk

2 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup warm water

Icing

1 c confectioner’s sugar

1-2 Tbsp water depending on the thickness of the icing you want (glazed or piped)

½ teaspoon almond or peppermint extract

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a saucepan measure out 2 Tbsp of sugar and ¼ cup of water stir until dissolved  and carmelize over gentle heat stirring until it begins to turn a golden brown colour.  Add the remaining sugar, honey, spices and butter.  Stir continuously until the mixture begins to boil.  Remove from the stovetop and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl beat the egg and mix in the flour, baking soda and water.  Blend in the sugar add spice mixture .  Knead the dough until smooth. Cover the  bowl with a towel and let it rest  20 minutes.

On a flour dusted countertop roll out the dough into a rectangle.  Cut the dough into shapes using your favourite cookie cutters and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool. Ice the cookies.

Smacznego!

 

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We are open this winter!

Serenity Lavender is open year round for your shopping convenience. Come by on these cold days of winter and find soothing lavender teas and body products to pamper your mind and body. We also carry great gift ideas for the home.

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Be the Best You in 2019

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If you do, we would love to help you bring some of those promises into fruition. If you don’t, we have a few ideas to bring more of the things you love into your life for 2019.

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Mmmm … Lavender Honeycomb

In the New Year we teamed up with Anderdon Apiaries with the goal of bringing to  you our customers some 100% natural lavender honey.  Even though the spring was hard on our lavender plants that first crop of honey had the subtle delicate of lavender.  The bees gathered the nectar from those little purple lavender flowers and it transformed the flavour of the honey perfectly.  We have been wanting to offer lavender honey for a few years now and did not want to infuse the flavour of lavender into the honey.  We wanted mother nature’s pure and natural version with the help of our friends, the honey bees.  Our patience paid off and despite the damage we sustained to our lavender plants we were able to offer 100% natural unpasturized lavender honey, and boy was it delicious.

 

Once the lavender bloom was finished the bees moved onto to consuming the nectar from all those pretty wildflowers around the farm.  This honey was collected, placed in jars and is still available in our retail shop. It’s a wonderful product too, for all you honey lovers.

As the season  progressed our friends at Anderdon apiaries collected the honey comb and we are thrilled to announce that Honey comb is now in store!

 

Honey in the comb is pure, simple and its you to places liquid honey can’t.  It’s totally safe to eat and people have been doing so for thousands of years.  It’s fantastic over a bowl of oatmeal, slathered on a baguette with brie, finely chopped and topped on a salad with finely crumbled goat cheese or on your next charcuterie board.  It keeps forever and you can store it at room temperature.  Its good for you to. But best of all, it’s made from    he nectar of the lavender plants and wildflowers at Serenity Lavender Farm and tastes delicious.

 

 

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Lavender Festival 2018 Schedule

Saturday June 30th          

 

10:00 am              Festival opens

Tai Chi Demonstration

 

11:00 am              Alcohol Ink Class with Val Reid

(Advance registration on Eventbrite)

 

11:30 am              Lavender Tour

Music by James Staley

1:00 pm                Lavender Tour

Music by Joel  Furlotte

 

1:30 pm                Lavender Wand Demonstration

 

3:00 pm                Cooking Demonstration with Chef

 

3:30 pm                Lavender Tour

 

Sunday, July 1st

 

10:00 am              Festival opens

Yoga class with Caroline Holmes

 

11:00 am              Alcohol Ink Class with Val Reid

(Advance registration on Eventbrite)

 

11:30 am              Lavender Tour

Music by James Staley

 

1:00 pm                Lavender Tour

Music by Six Degrees

 

1:30 pm                Lavender Wand Demonstration

 

3:00 pm                Cooking Demonstration with  Chef

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8 Ways Lavender Can Beat Winter Woes

Winter is here! And alongside winter fun come the challenges of the season, including dry skin, chapped lips, and keeping your house feeling spring fresh. Here are a few tips and tricks for meeting winter’s challenges head on so you can enjoy beauty of the season.

  1. Improve Sleep: A good night’s sleep is important, and Lavender helps to naturally relax the body and mind to encourage a restful sleep:
    1. Linen Spray – lightly mist sheets and pillows with Serenity Lavender Farm Linen Spray. You can spray your sheets when you turn the bed down at night, or in the morning while making the bed.
    2. Sachet – Tuck a sachet under the pillow when you make your bed. Flip your pillow over as you go to bed for a gentle scent of lavender.
    3. Essential Oil – lightly dab Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil behind your ears or on the bottoms of your feet.
    4. Diffuser – Serenity Lavender Farm Lavender Diffuser will gently release its scent through natural reed diffuser sticks
  2. Treat your Feet: Feet can take a beating in the winter and should receive some extra TLC.
    1. Foot Bath – add a few drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to a warm foot bath to relax and relieve stress.
    2. Foot Cream – mix a several drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to Coconut Oil. Spread on dry, cracked feet then put on a pair of socks before going to bed.
  3. Nosebleeds: The dry air can irritate the skin in our nasal passages and nosebleeds can result. To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of Serenity Lavender Oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Place the wrapped ice against the base of the nose above the top lip and hold it there until the bleeding stops or as long as comfortable. Do not freeze your lip or gum.
  4. Relief for Eczema: Cold weather can exacerbate eczema and dermatitis. Add a few drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to coconut oil and use topically.
  5. Spring Clean: Bring the fresh feel of spring into your home! Combine water with white vinegar and a few drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to wash floors, mirrors, glass, and any hard surface. This DIY cleaner is environmentally friendly and child/pet safe. [Note: do not mix vinegar with chlorine products.]
  6. Cold Sore Relief: place a drop of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil on a cold sore for pain relief and to speed healing. Lavender is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Try it on dry, cracked lips for fast relief.
  7. Freshen Bathrooms: place a drop or two of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil on the cardboard core of toilet paper when restocking the bathroom. Alternately, you can also spritz the inside of the roll with Serenity Lavender Farm Linen Spray. Each time paper is taken from the roll it will release the fresh scent of lavender.
  8. Cold/Sinus Relief: Lavender can bring quick relief from colds and sinus infections.
    1. Add a few drops of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil to boiling water and inhale the steam to open nasal passages, relieve coughing and throat irritation, and naturally aid in treating sinus infections.
    2. Rub a drop of Serenity Lavender Farm Essential Oil near nasal passages, on the back of the neck, at the temple, and on the forehead—avoiding the eyes—for relief from sinus pressure and inflammation.
    3. Put a pinch of Serenity Lavender Farm Culinary Lavender in your tea, or brew a cup of one of Serenity Lavender Farm’s specialty teas to aid in sleeping and bring relief to irritated throats.

A little lavender goes a long way
to brighten your winter, naturally!

 

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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