Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Moroccan Couscous Salad with Lavender Lemon Tahini Dressing Recipe



Greetings Foodies!


So thrilled to share my love of vegetarian Mediterranean cuisine and art of culinary lavender with you and the world! 



The June 28 Issue of Edible Monterey Bay Newsletter Recipe of the Week features my Moroccan Couscous Salad with Lavender Lemon Tahini Dressing! 


Enjoy!


For the article and the recipe, click on this link: 

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Happy Cooking!

Chef Ellie


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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Lemon & Lavender Culinary Tips


Lemon & Lavender Culinary Tips from Chef Ellie's Kitchen: 

Culinary lavender adds a delightful and exotic flavor to any sweet or savory creation. It’s an amazing herb to have in your culinary herb collection. Follow these tips when cooking and baking with lavender:

1. Always use organic culinary lavender.
2. Use lavender as an infusion. Either lightly grind it with sugar for baked goods or mix it with a liquid such as cream or syrup.
3. A little goes a long way. Use lavender sparingly. Its flavor is intense and can easily overwhelm baked goods or savory dishes.
4. Pair lavender in baking, use it with lemon juice and zest. 

Happy Cooking and Baking!
Chef Ellie

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Weekend Feng Shui Tip: The Power of Intention



Spend a couple of hours on weekends to declutter your home, office or workspace. When you let go of items you don't need, use or even like, you'll create room for new opportunities and exciting things come to your life.
Deepak Chopra says in his book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, “intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love.”
Along the same concept, Feng Shui is all about the art of placement. How you place your furniture, possessions, and yourself within your environment largely determines your life experience at every level. It offers a unique way of looking at yourself and your environment, and it provides a way of bringing balance, comfort, and harmony into your life. It’s all about the power of intention you place in your home or workspace, hence your life!
Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Recipe of the Month: Apricot Lavender Galette

Take a Trip to Provence :: Make Apricot Lavender Galette



Galette Dough Ingredients and Instructions: 1 cup spelt flour,  1/2 cup ground almonds meal, 1/2 Tbsp. sugar, pinch of sea salt, 6 Tbsps. cold sweet butter cut into 1/2-inch pieces, 1/4 cup ice water.  In a bowl mix spelt flour, almond meal, sugar and sea salt. Add in half of the cold sweet butter (3 Tbsps.); use a pastry blender or your fingers, to blend the butter and mixture until it resemble a coarse meal texture.  Add in the remaining of the cold sweet butter until the largest pieces are the size of lima beans. Drizzle the water over the dough and mix until moistened. Gather up the dough and knead it 2 or 3 times. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Galette Ingredients:
1. 5 Tbsp. sugar
2. 1 Tsp. fresh or dried organic lavender flowers 
3. 8 Semi-ripe apricot, sliced into 1/4-inch wedges
4. 3 Tbsp. Sweet butter cut into small cubes (vegan version, use any non-dairy butter)
5. 1 Tsp. Meyer lemon zest
6. 1 Tsp. Meyer lemon juice

Galette Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
2. In a small bowl, mix 4 Tbsp. of the sugar and 1 Tbsp. of the lavender flowers (lightly chopped), thinly sliced apricots, Meyer lemon juice and zest.
3. Roll out the galette dough until it's about 14 inches in diameter; transfer to a baking sheet.
4. Arrange apricot slices (see picture above), sprinkle the remaining lavender flowers.
5. Fold the 2-inch border of the dough over the apricots and pleating together (see picture above).
6. Dot the apricots with half the butter, and then melt the remaining butter and brush it on the pleated dough.
7. Sprinkle the galette with 1 Tsp. remaining sugar and bake until the apricots are soft and the crust is nicely golden, about 40-45 minutes.
8. Let cool slightly, garnish with the lavender sprigs, and enjoy it with a glass of wine, a cup of coffee, espresso, tea or just by itself.

Happy Baking!
Chef Ellie