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Cooking with lavender Always buy specially marked culinary lavender. While other lavender plants at the garden centre may look appealing, they can be unsuitable for cooking and may be sprayed with undesirable chemicals. Try to go organic when choosing culinary flowers, or grow your own. Less is more when cooking with lavender as its heady aroma can easily overpower dishes. The lightest sprinkle of lavender goes a long way. Fresh or dried buds can be used but the essence gets stronger and more concentrated as lavender dries. When cooking with dried lavender, reduce the amount by two thirds (1/2 teaspoon dried lavender = 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lavender). Lavender goes well with strawberries, blueberries, pears, lemon, orange, honey, sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme and black pepper. Try it in dry spice rubs for roast chicken, lamb, or Christmas ham. Infuse sugar or cream with lavender for fragrant puddings and pair it with chocolate for a decadent mousse, or ganache icing. The flowers can be candied for cake decorating. Lavender- infused sugar enhances sweet dishes with just the slightest hint of floral goodness. You can also prepare lavender-scented syrup for a variety of desserts, iced teas, or cocktails. LAVENDER SHORTBREAD 125g lavender sugar, plus extra for sprinkling (see recipe above) 225g unsalted butter, softened 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 50g cornflour Line two large baking trays with baking paper. Sieve sugar into a bowl and reserve the lavender (to prevent the lavender seeds breaking when creaming butter and sugar). Add butter and cream sugar and butter together. Sift flour and cornflour into the mixture, add reserved lavender seeds and mix with a wooden spoon. Using floured hands, work mixture together to form a smooth paste. Tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently until dough is smooth. Chill dough in the fridge for 15 minutes. Roll dough out to about 5mm thickness and cut out shapes with a favourite biscuit cutter. Place onto baking trays and sprinkle with a little extra lavender sugar. Leave to chill for further 30 minutes in the fridge. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180C. Bake 15 minutes, or until lightly golden. Carefully place the biscuits onto a cooling rack, sprinkle with more lavender sugar; set aside to cool. Biscuits store well in a tin for about 1 week. LAVENDER SUGAR 2 cups caster sugar 2 tbsps fresh lavender flowers (purple buds are best, rather than older flowers that are beginning to dry) Combine sugar and lavender buds in a glass jar, seal tightly and leave to infuse in a cool dark pantry for at least two days. Use the sugar for puddings and baking, or present it in a pretty jar with a purple ribbon and a recipe attached - a lovely homemade gift to share with family and friends. Tamara Rubanowski's Farm Cove garden provides plenty of inspiration for the festive season. • Lavandula (common name lavender) is a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. • The plant is grown commercially mainly for the production of Did you know?... essential oil, which has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender extracts are used as fragrances for various cosmetic products. • Dried lavender is a natural insect repellent. It can also be used in pillows to aid relaxation.
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