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Discovery Series #foodporn The Art of Food Presentation

Presentation, any chef will tell you, is vital to every finished dish. Open your nearest cookbook. Turn on the Food Channel. All the dishes have something in common; beautiful, well-presented dishes.

Our Chef Shawn will teach you the art of plating and presentation. He will teach you the rules to food presentation, garnish and techniques to plate the perfect dish and make your table shine. You will learn exciting new techniques such as: foam, spherification, carving and the use of smoke.

What to expect: Heaps of concepts to impress your guests and make any of your dishes look as beautiful as they taste. Learn how to set your table, fold napkins and make the use of height for that “Wow!” factor.

Dinner is available prior to the workshop. Reserve a table in our Bistro 42 by calling 519-738-6111.

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Discovery Series #pierogi

Owners Martin and Suzanne are lovingly sharing their Polish culture and Christmas tradition in this busy workshop. They will demonstrate the technique of pierogi making with step-by-step instruction from the dough to the final dumpling. You will learn how to make 3 different fillings: potato & cheese, Sauerkraut & mushroom, and sour cherry, as well as tricks and tips for making those little packets of love seal properly. Of course, you’ll have a tasting of these delightful creations and take a sample package home.

Make an entire evening of the event by booking dinner at our own Bistro 42. Reserve your table by calling 519-738-6111.

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Discovery Series #chocolate Hand Made Truffles Workshop


Learn all about chocolate in our after-work chocolate truffle demonstration.

Under the guidance of our owner and microbiologist, Martin Gorski, and our Executive Chef, Steven Straiko, you’ll discover the origins of chocolate, how it is grown, and the process that turns this humble fruit into the chocolate we love. By the end of the demonstration you’ll understand the technique of tempering, preparing a basic ganache and how to hand roll and scoop ganache. You’ll learn about wine and chocolate pairing with an actual tasting, and each participant will receive a recipe and samples of truffles to take home.

Make an entire evening of the event and book your table for dinner at our own Bistro 42. Reservations can be made by calling us at 519-738-6111.

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#beeswax Candle and Ornament Making Workshop

Welcome to candle making with Serenity Lavender Farm, located onsite at North 42 Degrees Estate Winery. Get inspired and create a pure, sweet smelling light from all-natural beeswax gleaned from our own hives. Learn how to make three different types of beautiful beeswax candles, including: a tea light, a rolled beeswax sheet candle and a jarred candle. You will also make two ornaments: a dipped pine cone and molded snowflake, which you will learn to paint. So many good stocking stuffer ideas!

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Serenity Lavender Shop Holiday Open House

We’ve Decked our Halls with Christmas Cheer. Come experience the spirit of the Holiday season at Serenity Lavender! Our Holiday Open House is next weekend so save the date! Come taste our holiday teas and Christmas sweets. Learn how to cook with lavender and take home some of our favourite recipes, And be sure to check out our new men’s line and other great seasonal products! Hourly draws and lots of holiday cheer! We’d love to see you!

December 1st & 2nd

11am-6pm

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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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Preserving Herbs

 

 

 

You grew and cooked with fresh herbs all summer but now as fall is upon us and what will you to do with all those remaining herbs in the garden.  This workshop will teach you techniques to preserve the bounty of your fresh herb garden.   You’ll learn some of the creative ways to store and preserve those garden flavourings and which technique is best for your favourites.  We’ll share some of our favourite recipes and  herb blend creations that you can enjoy for months to come.  Participants will receive a notebook and complementary bottle of  culinary lavender.

Cost $25.00 +hst

Tickets available on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/enjoy-your-garden-herbs-year-round-tickets-50015283058

 

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Twilight tour- Learn to prune and grow Lavender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come for this fun and interactive workshop and learn how to prune, plant, harvest and care for your lavender plant. We’ll give you a hands on demonstration of how to prune, give you companion planting ideas and discuss the culinary uses for lavender too! Workshop fee includes a workbook and a lavender plant to give you joy for years to come!

Cost $25.00 +hst.  Tickets available on Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/twilight-tour-learn-to-prune-grow-lavender-tickets-50014640135

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It’s Peach Season in Windsor Essex

This time of year brings me back to my grandmother’s orchard with its wonderful fruit selection – plums, pears, peaches, and apples.  My all time favourite were the wonderfully ripe peaches.  They were so fragrant and succulent that the juices ran all over with just one bite.  I can still smell the aromas just thinking about my childhood.

In days gone by we had many peach orchards in beautiful Essex County.  We even celebrated peaches in our little town of Harrow with a festival and the crowning of the Peach Queen. The Harrow Research Station developed a number of peach varieties such as the Harrow Beauty and Harrow Diamond  Peach.  Today, you can still find fresh peaches at our neighbour’s Leslie and Doug of the Fruit Wagon and Maria’s on Ridge Road.

So today in celebration of the long weekend and fresh Essex County peaches I thought I’d share a lovely adult beverage recipe that incorporates my favourite herb- lavender and of course those luscious peaches.

Lavender Peach Bellini

Ingredients 
2 ripe large peaches, peeled, halved and stone removed

1/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of water

1 teaspoon Serenity Lavender’s culinary lavender

750 ml bottle of North 42 Degrees Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, chilled

Fresh lavender sprigs to garnish

Method
Add water into a small pot.  Bring to a boil add sugar stir until completely dissolved.  Take off the heat and add 1 teaspoon of Serenity Lavender’s culinary lavender.  Put the lid on the pot and steep for about 20 minutes.  Strain the lavender and put the lavender simple syrup mixture into the fridge until cooled completely.

Blend the peaches in a blender until smooth. Place 1 tablespoon of peach puree into a glass add 1 tablespoon of lavender simple syrup  and top with chilled sparkling wine.

Decorate each glass with a lavender sprig and serve straight away!

Cheers!!

Chefs Tip:
Use 1 parts puree to 4 parts sparkling wine. Good quality peach juice can be used as a substitute.

Serves 6

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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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