Historically lavender was strewn over floors in castles and sickrooms as a disinfectant and deodorant. Lavender’s name comes from Latin root word, ‘lavare’ which means to wash or clean. This makes perfect sense as this oil is one of the best-smelling and naturally antibacterial essential oils.
Today we can use the same basic idea to wash with this easy, quick and simple "Lavender-sol" disinfectant spray. We used our lavender essential oil distilled on our farm.
Use it around your house on faucets, counter tops, door knobs and light fixtures, prevent mold and mildew, deodorize your bathroom, running shoes, gym bag and more.
What is the story behind the popular Moscow Mule? It is thought to have begun in 1939 when John Martin, wanted to promote vodka to bars across the US and fuel the mainstream acceptance of his vodka as the preferred white spirit, replacing gin and Whisky. John met and became friends with Jack Morgan, owner of a pub located on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Jack had a house brand of ginger beer bottled in stoneware crocks who also wanted to grow the popularity of his ginger beer. Together they came up with a cocktail that combined their respective products. So where does the copper mug fit into this? John was known to have a girlfriend who's father had a copper business in Russia who made them their personalized copper mugs that served this new drink.
So why the copper mug? The most scientific benefit of using copper mugs is the temperature. The copper cups offer an extra-cool sensation, due to the metal quickly taking on the icy temperature of the cocktail. The rim of the mug becomes chilled almost instantly, offering a frozen sensation on your lips. There is also some indication that using copper mugs enhances the individual flavors of the ginger beer, vodka, and lime. Some experts say that when vodka touches the walls of the mug, the copper begins to oxidize, slightly boosting the aroma, and enhancing the taste of the vodka. Cold copper also has a tendency to increase the amount of bubbles in the carbonated ginger beer, bringing maximum fizziness to the Moscow Mule.
Today Moscow Mules have made a resurgent push in the last couples of years but continue to use the base recipe of vodka, ginger beer and lime but adding a new twist of flavors.
This is where our recipe comes in with the simple addition of our lavender simple syrup to add the unique flavor addition to an old favorite.
Lavender Soda Cake
Can't get much easier than 2 ingredient cake! No oil, no eggs you only need a basic cake mix and soda of your choice. We chose to use a lavender soda and a white cake mix. Although, the sky is the limit with the variety of cakes you can make. For example another idea is to use a box of lemon cake mix and lavender soda to create a lemon lavender cake mix!
Frosting choices can all vary according to your preference as well. We used a basic cream cheese with our Lavender Extract but you could easily use a lemon frosting or a basic white frosting with our lavender extract. Garnish with fresh lavender or our dried Lavender Culinary Bud to complete your cake.
Our farm fresh dried culinary lavender is grown organically without use of pesticides, hericides or chemicals. We take pride in the way we harvesting, drying and debuding by hand on our small family run farm in Tualatin, Oregon, This helps to insure that you are getting product that is at its peak freshness.
Try our culinary Lavender in place of rosemary in your cooking, grilling or baking. Tastes fantastic in dressings, cookies, lemonade, desserts, rubs, and on its on as a tea or as a garnish. So versatile in both savory or sweet dishes.
Our Lavender Extract can be used like you would vanilla extract. Although our extract is highly concentrated we suggest you use half the amount until you find just the amount you like. The extract can add the unexpected surprise to desserts, frostings, whip cream or venture into new realms of culinary surprises. Lavender has the unique ability to blend with fine chocolate, harmonize with the delicate flavors of fresh fruit such lemons, peaches, and berries or heighten the taste of honey or virtually any decadent dessert.
The History Behind Aigo Boulido
The Aigo Boulido, which is translated means "boiling water", it is a basic soup prepared in France based from garlic and herbs.
In many regions of France Aigo Boulido was served for Christmas Eve dinner. The water, in which the herbs had boiled, was poured over slices of stale bread that had been rubbed with fresh garlic and drizzled with olive oil. In other regions they served the soup with a stale bread and a cooked egg on top.
In older regions of France it was known as a minimal meal that could be offered to a traveler on the "desert" trails and sparsely populated areas of Provence. The traveler could use the herbs gathered during his walk along with spring water to create their soup. Boiling water eliminated all pathogens, hence the well-known proverb: Aigo boulido sauvo la vido ( "Boiled water saves life"), which helps with the belief in the beneficial antibacterial effects of this soup as well as its economic value it provided. The most commonly encountered plants are thyme, rosemary, savory, oregano and basil and lavender found growing in Provence. Because of the simplicity of the soup they added what herbs or vegetables they could find.
In our blend of Herbes de Provence used in our Aigo Boulido Soup were many of the traditional herbs found in France and many times would be assimilated into the soup of a traveler. These include; Savory, Thyme, Basil, Rosemary and our farm fresh culinary lavender. If you are interested in purchasing this fabulous combination of herbs you can find it here.
You can see other uses for our Herbes de Provence in our January 2018 post on Roasted Tomato Soup.
Our farm fresh Herbes de Provence is made with fresh herbs and our culinary lavender to bring you something really great!
Herbes de Provence originated from the Mediterranean region and is traditionally used with olive oil to coat chicken, fish, tomatoes or chunks of potato, in addition to pizza sauce, sprinkled over game or kabobs before roasting. It’s also used for seasoning salads, sauces and cheeses, as well as soups and stews. Try rubbing our blend on whole turkey or chicken breast before roasting.
Try it also as a dry rub on beef, lamb or veal coated with olive oil, then rub with seasoning blend, salt and pepper, pressing the herb blend into the meat. Sear the meat in a very hot skillet on both sides, then remove and finish roasting in a 300 degree oven until cooked to your preference.
For something extra special when your grilling is to add a pinch or two of Herbes de Provence to the coals when they are hot. The aroma will be sure to impress all those around.
We combine our ingredients in small batches to ensure quality, and freshness. You can find our Herbes de Provence here
I am Nicole Callen, lavender lover, farmer, and owner of Norwood 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.