Blog Update!
For those of you not following me on Facebook, as of the Summer of 2019 I've moved to Central WA, to a tiny mountain town of less than 1,000 people.

I will be covering my exploits here in the Cascades, as I try to further reduce my impact on the environment. With the same attitude, just at a higher altitude!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Lovely lavender

Backyard lavenderIn spite of this crappy picture, I thought I'd add lavender to my crop week posts for a couple reasons. For starters, they're just lovely. Secondly, these are tasty little guys.

Case in point. My husband and I (well, mostly my husband) made this fabulous Lavender Chocolate Mousse Pie (new recipe post on my food blog) last weekend. I must admit that any cream based food item, infused with lavender, is about as close to heaven as one can get on this earth. I can still taste it. Aah.

I can think of few things that don't go well with lavender, either savory or sweet and if you don't like to eat them, you can always make them into soaps or just sit back and enjoy their wonderful fragrance in your lingerie drawer.


QT said...

I love lavender! I can't grow it here - not hardy for my zone, so that is one PNW plant I really miss.

Drying it and making sachets is my favorite. Well, I have my mom make the sachets!

Anonymous said...

what variety of lavendar do you use for cooking?

Anonymous said...

We grow "Spanish Lavender", which I call "bunny ear lavender", for looks and scent.

Funny thing, it actually gave us a seedling.

My daughter is the herb-girl. I can't think of any uses for it except to dry it for stuffing into home-made pillows, sachets, and "neck-warmers". You fill a small home-sewn bag with lavender, chamomile, and flax seed, sew it closed, and give them away as gifts. The recipient microwaves it, and puts it over her shoulders to soothe her muscles.

You can brew lavender tea but the scent of lavender reminds me of old-fashioned fancy soaps. I guess I could get used to it.

Oh, you can also press it and glue little bundles of it onto cards, or for making pressed-flowers under glass.

Christy said...

I've got a whole garden of lavender and it re-seeds itself all the time. I usually just leave it for the bees, they love it! I'll get over 100 bees on my plants at a time. I figure they really need to food.