Sunday, December 24, 2017

Vegan Beet Walnut Spread Recipe!











Christmas-Inspired Vegan Beet Walnut Spread Recipe!

This beautiful and colorful appetizer is yummy, healthy and super easy to prepare. Not only you’ll love it, it will dazzle your family and guests too! It can be served with toasted seeded baguette slices, crackers and veggies. Best to serve it with a fruity and spicy red wine. It makes a great Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve appetizer! And even after the holidays are over, you can continue to enjoy it on bread sandwiches, as a pizza sauce and lots more (let you culinary imagination go wild)!

Ingredients (serving size 10):

3 medium red beets
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/4 cup toasted pistachios
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves
A pinch of sea salt
A handful of dill
A tbsp. lemon rind
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

Wash/brush beets thoroughly and dry them with paper towel. Chop beets into large pieces, drizzle olive oil, a sprinkle of see salt, and roast at 425 for 30 minutes. Remove beets from the oven and let them cool for 30 minutes. Remove the beet's skin, place them in the food processor, add walnuts, a pinch of seal salt, olive oil, and garlic cloves. Process until roughly smooth. Add dill, lemon rind and juice and process a few more times. Place the mixture in a bowl and garnish with crushed pistachios, a few lemon rinds and a drizzle of olive oil.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays! 

Ellie Lavender



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Monday, December 18, 2017

Persimmon Lavender Tart Recipe!


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Fuyu Persimmons
  
The glorious Persimmons are in abundance and with a touch of organic culinary lavender flowers, they'll make a heavenly tart! This is a very delicious and delightful tart, absolutely divine by itself, though lovelier with a shot of espresso, a glass of pinot noir or both. Additionally, this beautiful tart makes a great dessert for holidays. For culinary lavender tips, please click here.

Tart Dough Ingredients:  

1 1/2 cup spelt pastry flour (or 1 cup flour & 1/2 cup almond meal, which will make the tart’s dough very light and crispy)
1/2 Tsp. dried organic culinary lavender flower (grind the lavender flowers coarsely using a spice grinder)
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tsp. orange zest
1 stick of cold sweet butter cut into 1/4-inch pieces (vegan or dairy butter)
1/3 cup cold fresh orange juice 
1/5 Tsp. sea salt

Tart Dough Instructions:  Combine spelt pastry flour, orange zest, lavender flowers, sea salt and sugar in a food processor and pulse 3 times. Add in the cold sweet butter and pulse a few more times until it forms a coarse texture. Gradually, add in the cold orange juice and pulse until lightly moistened. Gather up the dough and knead 2 or 3 times. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

Tart Filling Ingredients:

1  Tbsp. lavender or orange blossom honey
1/2 Tsp. organic lavender flowers 
4 medium Fuyu persimmons, thinly sliced (1/4 inch) by mandolin slicer
1 Tbsp. orange rind
2 Tbsp. melted butter

Tart Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Roll out the Tart dough about 9.5’ x 13.5’ in diameter (my rectangular tart pan size is 8.5’ x 12.5’, so the dough should be 1’ inch bigger than the tart pan).  
  3. Transfer the dough to the tart pan. With your hands mold though around the edges of the tart pan. Pic 1
  4. Arrange sliced  persimmons on the though and brush generously with melted butter. Pic 2
  5. Sprinkle crushed raw pistachios and lavender flowers on the persimmons. Pic 3
  6. Bake until the crust is nicely golden for about 25 minutes.  
  7. Remove the tart from oven and drizzle lavender or orange blossom honey over it. Pic. 4
  8. Let the tart cool for 30 minutes and garnish with orange rind. Pic. 5
  9. You can also sprinkle a few fleur de sel, which will make the tart tangy and sweet.
Happy Baking!
Ellie Lavender


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Art of Culinary Lavender!


Bring Lavender Love Into Your Life!

Since, I use organic culinary lavender flowers in my cooking and baking recipes, I'm often asked what's the difference between lavender flowers from plants in my garden, nurseries and culinary lavender flowers. So, I put together some tips, which I'd like to share.

Lavender is a member of the mint herb family so is it any wonder that it is used in cooking and baking recipes. Culinary Lavender is dried edible Lavender flower that has been grown free of chemicals specifically for cooking and baking. Most edible Lavender sold today comes from the English lavender (angustifolias) or the Lavandin Provence Lavender which is used in Herbes de Provence to flavor savory dishes.

Culinary Lavender Tips: For culinary purposes, although the leaves are edible, the best part of lavender plant is the flowers; they contain the “essential oil” or essence of the Lavender. Always purchase organic or culinary Lavender from health food stores, gourmet shops, lavender farms or from online merchants who specialize in selling Lavender for consumption. Never use Lavender from nurseries, flower or garden shops; it may contain toxic pesticides, unhealthy additives or artificial fertilizers that are harmful to humans if ingested.

Culinary lavender flowers whether crushed, sprinkled, ground or infused, this flavor-intense herb will indulge your senses, tantalize your taste buds and please your palette. The next time you are looking to expand your culinary horizons, try adding Lavender to one of your favorite dishes for a surprisingly different and delicious flavor.

Happy Baking & Cooking!

Chef Ellie Lavender



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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holiday Dessert Recipe: Apple Cranberry Lavender Tart!




Greetings Dessert Lover!

Apples and cranberries are a delightful combination, and adding organic culinary lavender flowers makes them even more wonderful. This is a vegan and gluten-free tart recipe. I recently discovered substituting butter with olive oil makes my recipes even better.  

Click here for culinary lavender tips!

Ingredients:

3 Medium apples: washed, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch cubes. I used Pacific Rose Organic Apples, because they are sweet-tangy and make the tart even more delightful. 
1/2 Cup fresh cranberries
1/2 Tsp. Meyer lemon zest
1/3 Cup honey
1 /2 Tsp. lavender flowers
1 Cup toasted slivered almonds
1 1/2 Cup instant oats 
1/2 Cup olive oil

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees
2. Sauté apples with olive oil (2 Tbsp.) on medium heat for 5 minutes, add cranberries, honey and Meyer lemon zest. Stir gently and put the mixture aside.
3. Process half of the almond in a food processor until coarsely chopped, add the oats, and process for another couple of minutes, transfer to a bowl, add olive oil and mix with hands.
4. Place the mixture in a tart shell and press it down to semi-firm
5. Spread the apples and cranberry mixture over the tart, sprinkle the rest of the almonds and lavender flowers.
6. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove to cooling rack and let it cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Enjoy it with a glass of wine, a cup of tea, coffee, a scoop of vanilla gelato or just by itself.

Happy Baking & Happy Holidays!

Ellie Lavender

Lavender Design + Cuisine (San Francisco Bay Area)

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3 Powerful and Practical Ways to Declutter Your Life!



A fantastic way to start 2018 is to Declutter Your Life in 2017!

Here is how:

1) Declutter Your Mind: Don't allow negative thoughts to take over your life. Instead, override them with positive and uplifting ones. 

2) Declutter Your Home and Work Environments: Remove, recycle, donate, trash, sell, do whatever is needed to let go of anything that you don't need, use or even like. Less is more! Clutter generates negative energy and has a direct negative impact on your physical and emotional health. You deserve to live and work in a happy, positive and nourishing environment. 

3) Declutter Your Relationships: This is the most important and probably the hardest, but doable and you can do it. Identify negative and toxic people in your life by making a list. Then, come up with a plan and start the letting go process.  No explanation nor justification necessary, just do it. 

Let go of anything and anyone holding you back from living a happy life and prosperous life!
Love Yourself!

Happy Decluttering!

Ellie Lavender

Lavender Design + Cuisine (San Francisco Bay Area)

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Cranberry, Rose petal, Cardamom and Orange Chutney Recipe!




Take a Trip To Heaven! 

Make Cranberry, Rose petal, Cardamom and Orange Chutney for your holiday dinner table! This gorgeous and colorful condiment beautifully complements roasted veggies, desserts, ice cream and literally everything! It makes a wonderful holiday gift too.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 Cups organic fresh cranberries
1 Cup fresh orange juice
1/2 Cup chopped candied orange peel
1 Tsp. Rose Petals
1 Tsp. Crushed cardamom pods
1/2 Sugar

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a pot and let is simmer for 30-45 minutes over low heat. Stair a few times very gently so that cranberries will remain uncrushed! Remove from the stove and chill overnight before serving!  

Happy Holidays.

Ellie Lavender


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DIY Holiday Gift: Culinary Lavender Sugar!




Greetings, Lavender and DIY Enthusiasts: 

Unique and beautifully packaged homemade gifts are priceless! 

And now that the holiday shopping season is underway and gift-giving is on our minds, I thought it would be a great time to tell you about culinary lavender sugar, a perfect holiday gift for Lavender lovers and very easy to make. 

Organic culinary lavender is available in most health foods grocery stores, local lavender farms and herbs stores.   

Directions: Place two teaspoons of organic dried lavender flowers, or three short lavender sprigs, in the bottom of a clean glass jar. Pour over enough sugar to fill the jar and cap tightly. Leave for a few days and the sugar will have taken up the fragrance of the lavender. 

You can also create your own colorful artistic label too. See mine above as an example!

Lavender sugar can be enjoyed in tea, coffee and baking recipes, and will add a tantalizing flavor to sweet creations.

Enjoy & Happy Holidays!

Chef Ellie Lavender

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Declutter Your Relationships & Social Network!



Declutter Your Relationships and Social Network!

Love Yourself and Let Go of anyone holding you back from living a happy, healthy and prosperous life!
One of the hardest things in life is letting go and that’s never easy, but it’s a vital step toward living a happy, healthy, and prosperous life!

Relationships are like bank accounts. If you allow people in your life to make more emotional withdrawals than deposits, you will soon find yourself with negative equity. You need to know when it’s time to close the account!

As 2017 is coming to an end, thoughtfully consider giving yourself the gift of self-love: 
Declutter your relationships, social network and Let Go of negative and toxic people. This singular act will cultivate Health, Happiness and Prosperity in 2018, and for years to come! 

The fact is there are certain people in our lives that just aren’t good for us. This includes family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and so on. We all know the types: people who drain our energy; people who make us feel bad when we hang out with them; people who criticize us simply because we think and operate outside of their comfort zone; people who quietly (but clearly) judge us simply for who we are or what we do; or the people who just plain turn any situation to their advantage by taking the victim role.

We can spend a ton of time and energy on these relationships seeking to be accepted and respected - and we might achieve some success - but at the end of the day not only is our energy drained, we could also be highly disappointed (again) by their repeated unpleasant words and actions.

We have a choice to simply accept the situation ‘as is’ and move on to more positive things, or continually pour our time and efforts into trying to enlighten these people. At some point we must choose what’s good for us. No one else can make that decision but us.

My personal motto in life is to acknowledge negative and toxic people, evaluate whether or not they are receptive to change and if not, wish them well, let go and move on. 

As such, I continually make a conscious effort to detach from negative and toxic people, choosing instead to surround myself with positive people, the dreamers, and doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all with those who see the greatness within me, love and respect me unconditionally at all times, and not just when conditions are right for them.

Happy Decluttering & Letting Go!

Ellie Lavender

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