This are so rich and delicious and make the perfect appetizer for a dinner party.
Lavender Cheese Croquette with Garlic Aioli
1 goat cheese log
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp culinary lavender buds
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, diced
1 tsp lemon juice
Garnish with Lavender Cocktail Pick (optional)
Slice your cold goat cheese into 1/4 inch slices. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet, set in freezer while you make up your bread crumb mixture. In a small bowl combine bread crumbs, culinary lavender, garlic powder, parsley, salt and paprika, stir to combine and set aside. In another shallow bowl combine 2 eggs and whisk for a couple seconds and set aside. Make up your Garlic aioli in a small bowl by combining your mayonaise, garlic and lemon juice, stir to combine and place it in a small serving dish.
Take your cheese from the freezer and dip each one first into the egg and then cover with your bread crumbs until you have coated all of them.
In a medium sized fry pan, drizzle olive oil in to cover the bottom of pan about 2 Tbsp worth. Turn heat on medium high and fry your breaded cheese croquettes until golden, turn over and do the other side. Once golden place them on serving dish and serve with your garlic aioli. We liked to add the dollop of garlic aioli to the top and place a lavender cocktail pick on for garnish.
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Nothing warms you up like a bowl of soup. We love our version of squash soup with a sweet hint of lavender. Topped with a drizzle of Lemon Ginger dressing that brightens the day with it's lemon and zingy ginger notes.
Winter Acorn & Lavender Soup
1 acorn squash, cut in half and deseeded
1 onion, diced
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp culinary lavender, ground
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cup cream (or milk)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Lemon Ginger Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
2 inches ginger, grated
1 clove garlic
2 Tbsp sherry
3 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Garnish with pepita seeds
In a microwave container cook acorn squash for 7-10 minutes or until soft.
While acorn squash is cooking, heat a medium saucepan on medium heat, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and onion. Let onions soften and cook for about 3-4 minutes, add garlic and saute another minute.
Scoop out acorn squash and add to onion mixture along with 3 cups broth. With a stick blender puree until smooth. Add salt, pepper and cream, stir to combine. Turn heat to low and while it continues to warm prepare the dressing mix.
In a blender combine olive oil, ginger, garlic, sherry, lemon juice, maple syrup and nutmeg. Blend for a few seconds until emulsified.
Ladle hot soup into bowls, top with a drizzle of dressing and top with pepita seeds and lavender cocktail pick for garnish.
Notes- to grind culinary lavender use a clean coffee grinder and grind to desired texture. If you have extra dressing it tastes great on salad too!
If you make this yummy soup #norwoodlavenderfarm we would love to see it! If you want to share our recipe or photos please just make sure you give photo and recipe credit.
Lavender is most known for its calming properties in humans, but has also been known to works for dogs. Try these treats to reduce anxiety and stress for your pet. These treats are not only tasty to them but add a therapeutic benefit.
Calming & Relaxing Dog Treats
1/4 cup Almond butter
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp Culinary lavender bud
Preheat oven to 350℉.
In a medium sized bowl combine all ingredients until you can form a dough.
On a lightly floured surface roll out your dough to thickness desired and use cookie cutter to cut out dough.
Place your cutouts on a silipat lined baking sheet (or lightly oil sprayed pan) and bake until golden brown. For thinly rolled dough bake about 12-15 minutes for thick dog treats about 20 minutes.
Once treats are golden brown remove from oven and let cool.
Place dog treats in airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. We store our extra dog bones in the freezer and remove just what we need for a treat. This keeps your dog treats fresh in the freezer for up to 8 months.
They make great gifts for your pet loving friends.
Having company and don't know what to make? This simple and sophisticated pasta dish is perfect as a main dish, appetizer or even side dish! The flavors of brie cheese melted and blended into pasta spirals and drizzled with lavender fig sauce say elegance with every bite.
Lavender Brie Pasta
1 pkg. 8 oz wide pasta
8 oz brie cheese, with outer rind cut off
1 clove garlic, diced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp culinary lavender
3 Tbsp cream
1/4 cup white wine or vegetable broth
5 pieces bacon
In a stock pot boil water and follow directions for cooking pasta.
Cut off rind of brie and cut cheese into cubes.
In a medium saucepan add your olive oil and clove of garlic. On medium heat saute your garlic until softened, ad your wine, cream and cheese, stirring until melted.
Once pasta is cooked and drained, drizzle some olive oil and stir to coat. Add your brie cheese sauce. Stir to coat all noodles.
To a fry pan cook 4 pieces of bacon until crispy which you will use for your garnish.
Lavender Fig Sauce
3 Tbsp fig preserves
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp Lavender Extract
To a small bowl combine fig jelly, balsamic vinegar and lavender extract.
On your serving plate smear a little lavender fig sauce, next to it add your pasta spiral, top with more fig sauce and diced bacon.
We always love to see how others create our lavender adventures. Tag us at #norwoodlavenderfarm so we can see it.
Recipe and photos belong to Norwood Lavender Farm you are more than welcome to use them along with site credit.
I am Nicole Callen, lavender lover, farmer, and owner of Norwood Lavender Farm. My intention for this page is to bring you great lavender related content that you can use. Most of it contains culinary adventures that transpire in my kitchen, as I have a love for the complex floral flavor and depth that lavender brings to cooking.