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Lavender Latte Recipe

Starting this chilly morning off with a Lavender Latte using lavender syrup that we’ve made ahead of time.  Lavender and mocha are heavenly together.  This latte is perfect for a day that you need to treat yourself to a relaxing morning.  This easy recipe is  uses calming lavender to make a homemade syrup and topped with a frothy cream.  You can always substitute your favourite oat milk or almond milk.
The key to cooking and baking with lavender is to use a good quality culinary lavender. There are many varietals of lavender and each has its own unique aroma and flavour.   Our favorites are coconut ice which has a light spearmint and tropical notes or hidcote which has a beautiful colour, especially making lavender syrup and a citrus flavour that highlights its floral notes.

How to make your latte

Brew your favourite coffee or espresso.
In a separate saucepan heat 1/4 cup of whole milk or other milk substitute.
Pour 1 cup of coffee or 2 shots of espresso into desired mug.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of lavender simple syrup and stir. Top with steamed milk and froth, Then top with whipped cream and sprinkle dried lavender…and Voila!
Wake up to a lavender latte

Lavender latte

Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe

Homemade lavender syrup

Lavender syrup

1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of dried culinary lavender
 
In a medium saucepan add the water and sugar. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in the lavender. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain out the lavender. Let the syrup cool to room temperature.
 
You can store the syrup in the fridge for up to a month- it’s terrific on berries, in a salad dressing or in your favourite cocktail!
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Chicken Provençal Recipe with Herbes de Provence

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.  And what is more reminiscent of the beautiful region in France than herbes de Provence.

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 Herbes 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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Lavender Rubbed Lamb Chops with Arugula Salad

This time of year there is a lot of entertaining going on in our neighbourhood with house parties abound.  The food is just as diverse are our friends who are hosting these little soirees from wine and cheese  minglers to  the causal elegance of a sit down dinner.

If you are hosting a party this season we have a perfect recipe that gives a tender juicy lamb loin or rib chop a bit of zing in the flavour department using locally grown lavender. The aromatic rub of lavender and orange zest is an ideal flavour combination to make any cut of lamb a herbal fragrant note that is reminiscent of the southern coast of France.

Served with a lovely fall salad of arugula or other bitter greens and tossed with roasted hazelnuts and pomegranate seeds.  The pomegranate seeds are delightfully sweet and crunchy. The bright red colour and burst of flavour is one of our favourite additions to any salad this time of year, not just this one.

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon minced shallot

1 Tablespoon finely grated orange zest

1 teaspoon Serenity Lavender’s dried culinary lavender buds

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of freshly ground black peppercorns

8 double cut lamb chops (about 450 grams each)

 

Method

In a bowl, blend the olive oil with the shallot orange zest, lavender, salt and pepper.  Rub the mixture all over the lamb chops ad transfer them onto a broiling pan or metal rack set on a baking sheet.  Let the chops rest in the fridge for  2 -3 hours

Preheat the broiler and position a rack 8-10 inches from the heat. Broil the chops for about 20 minutes, turning occasionally until the temperature reads 140 degrees F.

 

Salad

Ingredients

1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 a large lemon)

1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest

400 grams of arugula

1/2 cup of roasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method

Place the arugula in a large bowl.  Add the remainder of the ingredients into a small round covered plastic container.  Shake well until the oil and lemon juice are blended.  Pour over the lettuce, toss and serve with the lamb chops.

Enjoy!

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Serenity Lavender Farm presents Lavender Festival 2019

Serenity Lavender Farm welcomes you to our 8th Annual Lavender Festival!   Come join us as we celebrate Lavender bloomand our 10th store anniversary!

Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23

10am – 5pm 

130 County Road 50 East,  Colchester, Ontario

FREE ADMISSION

 

This year’s festival will the the best yet, with over 30 artists and artisans, live music, tai chi demonstaration, yoga class, craft demos, a painting workshop, scavenger hunt, children’s activities, plant sale and lavender garden tours.

Here’s the line up so far and we invite you to come and celebrate our lavender bloom:

Musical Entertainment:
Max Marshall – Saturday, June 22, 11am – 2pm
Aaron and Joel Furlotte – Saturday, June 22, 2pm – 5pm
James Staley – Sunday, June 23, 11am – 2pm
Six Degrees – Sunday, June 23, 2pm – 5pm

Artisans:

Local artists, crafters and artisans make up our Artisan Alley, a place to admire and purchase hand-crafted original works and include:

Pawsitively a Dog Thing                A Slice of Nature                       LRRR Designs
G-Pots                                            Cary’s Cutting Boards               Glen Eden Salsa
Bishop Artwork                               EVB Jewelry                               Stellas Works
Whispers of Wonder                   Handmade by Deb                  That’s Sew Sarah
Creations by Ann                           Mayz Birdhouses             Whispering Willow Designs
Jewels by Jasper                      Transformed Treasures                 JWaters Design
Couture Art                                 Terra Green Gardens                 Ayesha Drouillard
R.W Studios                                    Garage Glass Art                       Dana Laferriere
Twisted to Life                      KandA Chalk Adventures                    Then n Now
Kap’s Collection                          Unconscious Reality                     Seaside Jewels
Silver by Wendy                                 Jeff Perz                                   Floyjoy Studio

 

 

Painting Workshops:
Local artist Rico Dancel is offering two of his well-loved Paint ‘n Wine workshops. His theme, “Lavender Fields Forever.” No experience or materials are necessary! Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with Rico as he leads you and your friends through a guided painting workshop. You’ll take home your own original creation of a lovely lavender field. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $50 + HST. Call Serenity Lavender Farm at 519-984-2684

 

 

Children’s Activities:

Every child is an artist and we have lots of children’s activities planned for Lavender Festival 2019! So bring your children and delight in the enchanting world of lavender where they can express their creativity in the chalk walk and colour station, be entertained by the whimsical story telling and readings of local children’s authors including Jane Buttery and Kara Koostra , explore the lavender labyrinth and experience the dance of the butterflies, go on a curiosity invoking adventure with our children’s scavenger hunt or simply write and tie a wish on the magical wishing tree.

 

 

Come join us for this fun filled weekend at Serenity Lavender Farm!

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A perfect pairing for a cup of Lavender tea – Lavender Lemon tea cookies

Here’s a nice easy recipe for Lavender Lemon tea cookies that we’ve adapted from Dietitians of Canada, COOK!  A tea time favourite- oooh so pretty too! They are a perfect pairing with a cup of Serenity Lavender’s Lavender Earl Grey tea on a cold winter’s day or just a nice treat to chase away the winter blues.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup Serenity Lavender’s lavender sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/3 cup non-hydrogenated margarine

1 large egg beaten

1/2 cup 2% milk

2 tsp lemon extract

 

Frosting:

1 cup icing sugar

2 1/2 – 3 tbsp 2% milk

2 tsp non-hydrogenated margarine

1 tsp lemon extract

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C)

In a large bowl, combine flour, lavender sugar and baking powder. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

In a small bowl, whisk together egg, milk and lemon extract. Pour over flour mixture and stir just until a stiff dough forms (do not over mix).

Drop 1 tablespoonful (15 mL) about 2 inches (5 cm) apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Frosting:

In small bowl, combine icing sugar, milk, margarine and lemon extract to form a smooth, thin frosting.

Drizzle frosting over cooled cookies and top with Serenity Lavender’s Culinary lavender buds.

Makes about 30 cookies

 

Excerpted from Dietitians of Canada, COOK! by Mary Sue Waisman, photos by Colin Erricson © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. 

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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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Holiday Baking with Lavender

We’ve  started our holiday baking with a few of our favourites from mouth watering shortbread to chocolate fudge. At Serenity Lavender we’re always experimenting and adding lavender to different recipes to see how our favourite herb accents a recipe.  Like anything in life,  we’ve had some huge successes and then some less than stellar results.  Over the next several weeks on Sundays we’ll be sharing some of our recipes that have been great hits and sure fire crowd pleasers.  Today we thought we’d start with a classic – Lavender Shortbread! Buttery crisps  with a hint of floral and citrus notes that turns this old family recipe into something spectacular!!

 

Servings: 5 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 lb unsalted butter, softened

1 cup icing sugar

2 teaspoons Serenity Lavender culinary lavender (ground)

2¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup rice flour

½ teaspoon salt

 

Preparation
Preheat oven to 325°F.

Cover bottoms of two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, lavender with an electric mixer. Mix until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add all purpose flour, rice flour and salt and beat until incorporated. Divide dough in half. Flatten into squares and wrap in plastic. Chill until firm. On a floured board, roll each square to a thickness of 3/8 inch. Cut with cookie cutters and place onto baking sheets, spacing cookies about 1 inch apart.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until pale golden around the edges. Cool then transfer to a rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Store in an air tight container.

Photo from ilovemilkandcookies.blogspot.ca

 

 

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Holiday Baking 2016- Lavender Shortbread

It’s time to start the holiday baking around here and one of our family favourites is Lavender Shortbread.  These buttery, tender morsels accented with a hint of floral and citrus flavours of Serenity’s culinary lavender are so irresistible, that’s its hard to keep them around until the holidays.

Ingredients:

1 pound unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup of sugar

1 cup rice flour

3 cups of all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 teaspoons ground Serenity Culinary lavender

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Cream together butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Sift together the dry ingredients. Mix together the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.

Spoon dough using a small ice cream scoop onto a parchment lined pan  leaving about 2 inches between cookies and press using a fork.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until the bottoms are lightly brown. Remove from oven and let cool.

Makes about 40 cookies.

 

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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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