How I entertained the President of the United States!
When I was 4 my twin sister, Jenny and I entertained many special guests and big wigs in the privacy of our... small town bathtub! My sister and I were the most sought after caterers called upon to entertain the elite crowd, including the president of the United States and his entourage! This honor came with much delight to our mother as the tub got cleaned with a bar of soap and our washcloths until it sparked and shined. She went through many bars of soap each time we took a bath. I wish I could say it was with lavender soap, but that details of that I can not remember.
These elite events were very elaborate, and high end, complete with a 5 course meals served on of course our yellow china, which were plastic dishes with yellow flower trim. Our guests were pleased with the attention to detail and the use of such fancy china! Each dish served had very fancy names that drew attention and awe. We were well known for our main specialty dish which was, Kushka Kashka! Our fine China dishes filled with water, mixed with soap until they turned milky white, lined the bathtub edge. We stayed in the tub until we were so wrinkled and the water so cold our lips turned blue. Although we kept our focus on our dishes and our guests.
Well many years have gone and my sweet twin sister has sadly passed. But my memory of serving the president with her warms my heart and makes me laugh. Now as an adult it still gives me great pleasure to create and quality high end lavender inspired dishes. My sister would be so delighted to know I am writing a lavender cookbook and continues to inspire me from heaven. Whether it gets served to the president or to the elite stars is not my primary focus anymore, as I see each of you as my elite audience.
I am sad I can't remember more of the fancy dishes except Kushka Kashka, but it lives on in my family. If a meal gets prepared that we improvised on...it get the elite name...yup, Kushka Kashka. This memory has now been passed on down to my kids and grandchildren along with the story of its history. So when my lavender cookbook is published and you see a recipe called, Kushka Kashka may it fill you with a smile and a laugh.
Just a little fun for Presidents Day...now go out today and make some memories!
Looking for something truly yummy and satisfying for some weekend fun?! This pancakes are the perfect idea for breakfast or as dessert. Not too sweet and you taste very little lavender, but the combination is delicious and inviting. Sure to please any picky eater and the kids big and little will thank you.
These pancakes are easy and quick to make up and are a great breakfast for dinner idea too! My family always loves to mix it up and a little variety and yours will too! Serve it was hot chocolate and marshmallows.
Lavender Hot Chocolate Pancakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Lavender Hot Chocolate Mix
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp butter, melted
Chocolate Drizzle Topping
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup cream or milk
Whipped topping optional for topping
Combine flour, Lavender Hot Chocolate Mix, baking powder and baking soda.
In a measuring bowl add milk, eggs and melted butter, stir to combine.
Add liquids to dry ingredients and stir until combined.
To a hot skillet spray or butter pan. Using 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour your pancake batter onto hot skillet. Cook until bubbles have formed and most of them have popped and edges are cooked, flip pancakes and cook on other side until done.
Meanwhile heat chocolate chips and 1/2 cup cream in microwave until melted about 30 seconds. Stir and drizzle on top of pancakes.
I recently was at a event with Backstay Wine and we were talking about creating something with my Lavender Cake Mix and their wine. Here is the gourmet combination that happened as a result of this great pairing. I can't say I'm a wine expert nor do I know as much as I would like to about pairing wines with food. But... I know my way around a kitchen, and I know flavor combining, and I was able to achieve the desired outcome...a moist flavored deep dark chocolate toned cake with the deep richness of the dark red wine flavor with the uplifting sweet floral note of lavender. Yup a jackpot trio! We topped it with our Lavender Chocolate Frosting and served it with the remaining wine!
Chocolate can hold the bold flavor that the Marechal Foch has to offer. But you can use any type of merlot and get the same richness of flavor.
Chocolate Lavender & Wine Mini Bundt Cakes
Chocolate Lavender Cake Mix
3/4 cup Red wine of choice
2 Tbsp oil
Preheat oven to 350℉ and spray a mini bundt pan with nonstick oil spray. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine Chocolate cake mix, wine, oil and egg. Blend with a mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Fill each bundt cake or a dozen cupcake liners with batter about half to 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes for cupcakes, and 20-24 minutes for bundt cakes. While cake is cooking prepare Chocolate Lavender Frosting mix or make up your own frosting. When cupcakes are done using a knife test, take them from the oven. Let bundt cakes sit for about 8 minutes before removing them from pan. When cool frost them.
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.