The bright flavors of fresh blueberry and lemon share a sweet-tart spotlight in the Lavender Blue, a cocktail with a relaxing floral finish thanks to a generous splash of lavender bitters. —Tod Caviness, Orlando SentinelThis recipe is from F&D Kitchen and Bar in Lake Mary, Florida, and was originally published in the Orlando Sentinel.
Dried lavender is utilized in this light and refreshing ice cream. The plant's dried buds add a sweet and floral-like taste to the dessert that is complemented by the addition of smooth, silky honey and served with a rich, creamy base. Recipe courtesy of Salt & Straw
Cooking with herbs is nothing new, but heating those herbs and making them into simple syrup with honey is a novel idea in most kitchens. The sweetness and floral tones of the lavender make for a perfect frothy latte.
Another of Christine Dionese’s elegant, low cal creations, this bright beverage uses St. Germain, a very smart mixer with just 80 calories per ounces and just 18 percent sugar by volume.
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The batter can be made before dinner, and then it is just a matter of deep-frying the fritters. The reward will be crisp, freshly cooked, melt-in-your-mouth morsels with soft lemony centers, just the thing to dip into fragrant lavender honey. In Provence, the bees that frequent the wild purple-budded bushes growing near their hives make lavender honey. Be aware that this homemade version, infused with lavender flowers, needs to stand for 24 hours before being used. Only your own lavender will do, freshly harvested from the garden.
This smoothie features an all-star cast of superfood sensations. Bananas are good sources of fiber, slow-burning carbohydrates to balance energy throughout the day, and heart-healthy sterols. They are surprisingly nutritious, containing vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, potassium, biotin, copper and pectins. They also contain fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) which are a source of food for the friendly bacteria in the human digestive system, and a well-functioning system keeps your energy in-balance.Mulberries are a respectable source of antioxidants and polyphenols, not to mention vitamin A, B6, B12, C, E, K, riboflavin, folate, calcium and other nutrients that keep your body ticking.Oats are an excellent source of B vitamins and magnesium. And both oats and cashews are loaded with protein and fiber which keeps your energy up and your digestive system in check. Cashews are also good source of antioxidants and dietary trace minerals such as manganese and copper. This recipe was originally published on July 17, 2014.