Cooking with Lavendar?

United States
June 30, 2008 4:55pm CST
We went to a lavendar festival yesterday, which really kinda sucked, but prior to that I really didn't know you could cook with lavendar. I thought it was just a pretty smelling herb to put in soaps and such, because that's where I've seen it mostly. Do you cook with lavendar? What sorts of things can you put it in?
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@GreenMoo (11842)
1 Jul 08
I've never cooked with lavendar myself, but I went to a really expensive restaurant once where I ate a creme brulee flavoured with lavendar. In my opinion, that one dessert made the entire bill worthwhile! It was divine!
• United States
1 Jul 08
Does it taste similar to it's smell? I can't imagine eating it as it's something that reminds me of bath and body products.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
1 Jul 08
Yes it does. Our neighbour keeps bees and his honey also taste of lavendar sometimes as it grows wild all over the hills.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I like the scent and taste of lavender. I have made rice with it and now and then i will make some tea if I'm upset.If you are going to try cooking with it just be sure not to use the oil. I also put it in a sock with some rice as a neck warmer. Fill a tube sock put the lavender ( Iput ome lavender oil in too)in it. tie the open end very tightly with a pretty ribbon. Now when you have a neck ache just warm the sock up in the microwave until it is comfortably warm put it on your neck and enjoy the heat. I keep mine in the freezer and use it as an ice bag too.
• United States
30 Jun 08
Yes I've seen these sold and actually have one, but I never knew lavendar was in it.
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
30 Jun 08
You can put any herb you like in it or make with out any.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I have never tried Cooking with Lavender before. When I think of Lavender I think of perfumes and soaps. Here is a recipe I found for you at: http://www.thelavenderfields.com/cooking.htm LIGHT LAVENDER & SPICE RYE BREAD For this rye bread recipe you will need a bread machine. (If you do not have a bread machine you can make a traditional light rye or Swedish rye bread recipe by hand & add to it the flavorings of fresh orange peel, dried lavender, fennel & caraway seeds.) 10 oz filtered or bottled water (This bears repeating, the hard tap water in San Diego County (as well as, other municipalities) contains so many “things” in it, such as chlorine & other chemicals, that can be really hard on yeast, it is recommended that you avoid unfiltered tap water when making yeast breads). 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, such as King Arthur Brand ¾ cup dark rye flour, such as Bob's Red Mill Brand ¼ cup Corn flour (finely ground corn meal) or corn meal (not cornstarch), such as Bob's Red Mill Brand 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon EACH dried lavender florets, fennel seeds & caraway seeds zest of one orange 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast Follow your Bread Machine Manufacturer's directions. For my machine the directions are as follows: Measure out the ingredients into the bread pan, fitted with the paddle, in the order listed. Set the machine for the basic cycle. Remove promptly when done so as to not have a soggy crust. Cool loaf on a rack. Note: I store my rye, corn meal & other whole grain flours, such as buckwheat, whole wheat & semolina, etc… in the freezer, as well as, my active dry yeast (this extends the life of these perishables considerably). I measure straight from the freezer the frozen flours & yeast into the bread pan. In order to allow them to come to room temperature I set the machine on basic cycle but add a ½ hour by using the delay timer. This method really works great for me!
• United States
1 Jul 08
I don't think that I would like the lavendar bread but the tip about the bottled water struck me.. I didn't know that about the water that you use when making yeast bread, I have always used just regular tap water.. I am glad that I run across that tip as it will probably make a difference the next time that I make bread, but I had never heard nor thought about it before.. Is the lavendar bread really good?? Thanks a million..
@egdcltd (6891)
1 Jul 08
I've had lavender flavoured cheese. One of the most revolting cheeses I've ever had.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
1 Jul 08
I watch a lot of the Cooking Channel and have seen the chefs use flowers in their cooking but I don't think that I would.. I can't imagine fried chicken with lavendar, or biscuits and lavendar gravy... Nope, I don't think that I will be using any flowers in my cooking.. I don't like my food nor my drinks to smell like flowery perfumes.. I like for my food to smell like food only..
@brimia (6584)
• United States
1 Jul 08
I've never heard of cooking with it either. Did they have lavender foods at the festival and did you try any? Why did the festival suck? :)