Blue Moon Lavender Farm

  (Sequim, Washington)
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Lemonade with Lavender

Happy summer from all of us at the Blue Moon Lavender Farm in Sequim, Washington. Around here, lemonade is the drink of the summer! A real lemonade made with lemons, and for a surprising twist, a bit of culinary lavender added to the mix.

You can use culinary lavender for both sweet and savory dishes. A little goes a long way. Use the purple buds, not the leaves or stems. Can be used fresh off the stem or dried and packaged in jars. We grow, use and sell only Royal Purple (an English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia) a fragrant purple beauty, which explodes with color in early summer and stays purple after it's dried.

LEMONADE with LAVENDER

1 cup sugar

1 cup boiling water

1 teaspoon culinary lavender

juice of 2 lemons

2 lemons, sliced

2 quarts ice water

2 cups ice cubes

Use 1 gallon or larger glass pitcher or jar. Combine sugar, lavender and boiling water until sugar dissolves. Add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine. Add sugar to taste.


 
 

LAVOSH CRACKERS with Herbs of Provence

If you grow culinary herbs in your garden, take a walk about mid-morning to gather some and make delicious crackers for the afternoon snack. Or buy fresh herbs from your local organic farmer.

INGREDIENTS

2.5 - 3 cups white flour
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
.75 cup water
1 egg white
2 tablespoons butter, melted
egg yolk + 1 TBSP milk, combined
1 teaspoon each of very finely chopped FRESH herbs:
sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, culinary lavender, salt, garlic

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
In a bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, stir together flour, sugar, chopped herbs, garlic and salt. Combine water, 1 egg white and melted butter; add to flour and knead well adding more flour to make a stiff dough.
Knead until dough is smooth, about 1 minute. Roll through an Atlas pasta machine till mark 5. Arrange strips of dough on a greased, or lined with parchment, cookie sheets. Smear with egg yolk mixture. Cut with a pizza wheel or a knife into 2" wide ribbons. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden.

 
 

Lavender in Bloom - Lemonade with a Twist

Do you grow lavender? is it blooming now? then it's probably the English (culinary) lavender. To use lavender in cooking, simply strip the fresh or dried buds from the stem, and grind in a mortar or chop with a sharp knife.  [Read More]
 
 

Using Culinary Lavender

The culinary lavender has a deeper, more purple color and shorter stems than the lavender used in crafts or bouquets. We grow 300 culinary lavenders, Lavandula angustifolia 'Royal Purple'. After cutting, we hang them to dry in the shed for several weeks. When I rub the buds off for cleaning, the fragrance is so intense, it makes me laugh. The culinary lavender is selling well this year, since there is more interest in exotic spices and dishes. Culinary lavender can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, and it is very intense in flavor, so we use very little to flavor the stews, or lemonade, or cookies.  [Read More]
 
 
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