Use this easy side-dish recipe, along with some aromatic floral and herbal sprigs, to elevate the little potato from humble root to irresistible garden cuisine.
Golden on the outside, fluffy in the middle, these flaky, cheesy biscuits hold a bouquet of garden-fresh goodness.
In the New World of seventeenth century America, bundles of herbs hung from hooks and rafters within homes, within easy reach for remedies, teas, seasonings, and air freshening. Women tended to gardens in huge gathered skirts over padded bolsters and petticoats. Men labored without a plow, clad in metal armor for protection. But try as the colonists might to grow their beloved lavender, plants failed in the climate of New England gardens.
Today’s gardeners can easily grow many newer varieties that are suited for a broad range of climates. (No metal armor or petticoats needed.) Some gardeners may plant lavender for the slender blossoming spikes that paint a touch of wistful romance into their garden bed, or for blossoms that cast their scent as a lure for honeybees. Certainly beauty and fragrance are reason enough, but lavender is as beneficial to grow today as it has been throughout history.
This lavender recipe is easy to prepare and elegant to serve! Panna Cotta infused with lavender is a treat to make when you want to hear some oohs and ahs. Think small in choosing your serving pieces for this calorie-rich delight. Footed dessert bowls or champagne coupes with demitasse spoons are perfect.
LAVENDER PANNA COTTA
LAVENDER PANNA COTTA
Pour the water into a small dish and lightly sprinkle gelatin into the water. (Plopping instead of sprinkling will give you lumps of undissolved gelatin, so make sure to sprinkle.) Let sit 5-10 minutes to bloom.
Serves: 4-6 depending on size of portions.
An early evening hunt for sleeping bumblebees in the lavender flowers of Sequim's B & B Family Farm. What a joy for me to see the world, all fresh and exciting through their precious, eager eyes!
One of the fascinating (terrifying?) things about writing is not knowing where you might pop up on the internet, with no idea how you might look. Very thankful to fellow-author Jacqui Nelson for this shout-out in her blog, and for taking a not-embarrassing photo. :)
What a treat to see this review of my latest book, The Lavender of Sequim: America's Provence, on www.SeattleBookReview.com:
"The Lavender of Sequim celebrates Sequim’s agricultural history and the growth of the lavender industry, as well as the medicinal purposes of lavender, varieties of the plant, and how to grow, harvest, and dry it. The author provides a handy chart detailing which foods and flavors complement lavender, and which varieties of lavender work best in the kitchen. I can’t wait to try her recipe for Fresh-Squeezed Lavender Limeade. Sequim’s lavender farms comprise their own section and, sprinkled with sweet quotations throughout, the book is a joy to browse. My favorite part of this guide was the breathtaking pictures….If you’re interested in lavender, or you’re planning a trip to the area, this is an excellent guide."
This morning our local newspaper, The Sequim Gazette, ran a terrific piece about my latest book, The Lavender of Sequim: America's Provence. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out!
Bonnie, a nature lover, is the author of twenty-eight heart-to-heart gift books full of animal and nature images, plus one inspiring book on interfaith understanding.