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Lavender Festival 2019 – Schedule of Activities

Schedule of Events

Thank you for joining us for Lavender Festival 2019 and helping us celebrate all things Lavender!

 

 

SATURDAY

10:00 am            Tai Chi Demonstration

Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism

 

10:30 am            Lavender Tour (free)

Meet at the Peace Garden/Labrinyth

 

11:00 am            Cooking Demo

Learn the art of BBQ from Award    winning competitive barbequer Wally Hayes. Meet at the Food tent

 

11:00 am           Live Music – Max Marshall

-2:00 pm           Grab some food, wine/beer and enjoy under the music tent

 

12:00 pm         Lavender Wand Dem0

                           Meet at the Serenity Lavender booth

 

12:30 pm         Lavender Tour (free)

Meet at the Peace Garden/Labrinyth

 

1:00 pm          Paint and Sip Class

                          Prepaid tickets – meet under the canopy

 

1:00 pm          What’s the Buzz? Bee tour

                           Pre sold tickets –Anderdon Apiaries stay tuned for future events

 

1:30 pm         Decoupage Demo

                         Meet at the Serenity Lavender booth

 

2:00 pm      Live Music- Aaron Furlotte

-5:00 pm     Grab some food, wine/beer and enjoy under the music tent

 

2:00 pm       Lavender Tour (free)

Meet at the Peace Garden/Labrinyth

 

2:30 pm        What’s the Buzz? Bee tour

                         Pre sold tickets –Anderdon Apiaries stay tuned for future events

 

3:oo pm        Wreath Making Demo

                        Meet at the Serenity Lavender booth

 

 

SUNDAY

10:30 am         Lavender Tour (free)

Meet at the Peace Garden/Labrinyth

 

11:00 am          Cooking Demo

Learn the art of BBQ from Award    winning competitive barbequer Wally Hayes. Meet at the Food tent

 

11:00 am          Live Music – James Staley

-2:00 pm          Grab some food, wine/beer and enjoy under the music tent

 

12:00 pm       Dried Flower Music Cone Demo

                          Meet at the Serenity Lavender booth

 

12:30 pm          Lavender Tour (free)

Meet at the Peace Garden/Labrinyth

 

1:00 pm        Paint and Sip Class

                         Prepaid tickets – meet under the canopy

 

 1:00 pm        What’s the Buzz? Bee tour

                         Pre sold tickets –Anderdon Apiaries stay tuned for future events

1:30 pm         Decoupage Demo

                         Meet at the Serenity Lavender booth

 

2:00 pm      Live Music-Garage Mahal

-5:00 pm     Grab some food, wine/beer and enjoy under the music tent

 

2:00 pm       Lavender Tour (free)

Meet at the Peace Garden/Labrinyth

 

2:30 pm       What’s the Buzz? Bee tour

                         Pre sold tickets –Anderdon Apiaries stay tuned for future events

 

3:oo pm       Felt  Flower Wreath Demo

                        Meet at the Serenity Lavender booth

 

Thank you for your smiles and continued support!

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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 & Lemon White Chocolate Truffles

A match made in heaven- zesty lemon and luscious lavender! We can’t get enough of these creamy fragrant white chocolate bites and with Valentine’s day a few weeks away what better occasion to make these rich white chocolate treats for the one you love.

Ingredients:
8 oz. white chocolate (use chocolate chips for quicker melting)
2 tbsp butter
6 tbsp heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
2 tbsp of lemon juice
1 tbsp Serenity Lavender Farm culinary lavender buds

 

 

Finely chopped pistachios for garnish, cake sparkles or powdered sugar
Instructions:
In the top portion of a double boiler, combine the whipping cream, butter, lavender, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Over low heat bring the mixture to a simmer while stirring continually.
Remove the mixture from the stove and extract the lavender and lemon zest by passing the liquid through a fine sieve.
Add water to the bottom pot of the double boiler and heat.  Add the chocolate into the warm mixture of whip cream .  Stir until it is smooth and melted.   Do not melt the chocolate over direct heat.
Once you have a smooth mixture with the chocolate, pour the ganache (cream & chocolate mixture) into a bowl and leave a room temperature for up to 5 hours.  At this point, the ganache should be hard enough to hold whatever form you wish. Use a teaspoon or a small melon baller to place  small heaps of the truffle mix onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in freezer for 15 minutes

 

Remove  the ganache from the freezer, and quickly roll each heap between your hands to create small smooth balls, and place back onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Roll each ball in chopped pistachio nuts, cake sparkles or powdered sugar  and finish with a bud of lavender atop each truffle.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Adapted from Adventures in Cooking; photo from Photo from betsylife.com.
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A perfect day for a cup of tea!

A perfect day for a cup of tea…. we’re tasting some new teas and can’t wait to share our new releases with you! Of course they are all blended with our own lavender grown locally at Serenity Lavender Farm. The flavours of our culinary lavender varieties are matched to enhance the flavours of the tea.  We grow a number of varietals that are unique to Ontario and Canada.   So,  coconut ice with it’s spearmint flavours and aromas are a perfect match to our Spearmint tea, which incidently is a great tea to help with digestion. All of teas are fair trade and where possible organically grown.  We are always looking for recommendations.

So,what’s your favourite tea?

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Lavender honey mustard Turkey salad

images8UDBKT4DHere’s fabulous way to turn turkey leftovers into a delicious lunchtime meal

2 Cups of leftover turkey diced
2 Essex County Granny Smith apples diced
1 stalk of celery chopped
2 teaspoons of red onion diced
4 cups of mixed lettuce greens

Dressing

1/2 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons Balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 clove of garlic minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon dried Serenity Lavender’s Culinary lavender
salt & pepper

Instructions:

Combine the dressing ingredients into a jar. Shake and let stand for 30 minutes. Prepare the remaining salad ingredients. Place into a bowl and toss.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Lavender & Lime

Sweet potatoes are a great source of Vitamin A and this recipe offers a delicious mingling of flavours of lavender and lime for a satisfying side dish .

Ingredients:

2 lbs sweet potatoes
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup. fresh lime juice
½ tsp ground Serenity Culinary Lavender
¼ tsp nutmeg
½  tsp of salt
¼ tsp of pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


 Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Wrap the sweet potatoes in tin foil and bake for approximately 1 hour or until very soft.  Set aside until cool then cut the potatoes open and scrape out the flesh into a mixing bowl . Discard the skins. Stir in butter, lime juice, lavender, salt and pepper. Using a stick blender or food processor, blend until smooth. Place on a serving dish top with cilantro and garnish with slices of lime

*Use a spice grinder to ground your lavender.

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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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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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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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Victorian High Tea

Come  to Serenity Lavender wearing your finest hats and gloves on Saturday, June 23rd  from 1-3pm to Serenity Lavender’s Victorian High Tea. Enjoy a delectable array of finger sandwiches, scones, deserts and or course our teas amidst the sereneness of teh lavender blooms.  Tickets are $25.00 per person. Seating is limited so call today to reserve your tickets.  519 980-4504 Visa and Mastercard accepted

 

MENU 

Fresh Sandwiches

Cucumber Mint

Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Pinwheel

Ham and Pickle

Lavender Onion Tartlet

Home Baked English Scones

  Served with clotted crème, lavender jelly and raspberry lavender jam

Selection of Petit Fours

Choice of Serenity Lavender Teas

Lavender, Lavender Earl Grey, Lavender Green Tea,  Provence Rooibos

Lavender Tea

Victorian High Tea at Serenity Lavender

 

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