Monday, February 12, 2018

Sweet & Savory Mediterranean Tapas, Flat-breads, Tarts & Galletes


Hazelnut cilantro spread w/ shaved fennel, roasted red bell 
peppers, French radishes, capers & cherry tomatoes

Hazelnut cilantro spread with  toasted artichoke, 
olives & cherry tomatoes

Anju red pear w/ herbes de Provence flatbread

Persimmons & Fennel Flatbread w. Pomegranate seeds

Yellow squash & Tarragon Flatbread 

Lemon-Dill-Butter Been Spread on Pita Bread

Savory Beetroot Pistachio Spread

Savory Beetroot Pistachio Spread on Flatbread w/ baby spinach 
and black olives

Watermelon Fennel Salad

Fennel French Radishes Flatbread w/Zaatar spice &
Pomegranate seeds

Asparagus Chestnut Flatbread 

Persimmon Basil Lavender Tart

Rhubarb Orange Lavender Tart

Rhubarb Pear Pistachio Tart

Valentine's Artisan Chocolates

Plum Lavender Galette

Pear Fig Lavender Tart

Anju Pear Orange Lavender Tart

Chocolate Orange Lavender Tart

Pear Lavender Tartlet

Persimmon Chocolate Pistachio 

Persimmon Lavender Pistachio Tart

Artisan Chocolate

Plum Lavender Tart

















Thursday, February 1, 2018

Promote Love & Sensuality in Your Life!


Your Valentine's Day Gift to Yourself! 

Make your bedroom clutter-free, serene and romantic to promote peaceful rest, enhanced love life and happy Relationships!

1.       Declutter your bedroom. Keep what’s essential and let go of any items that have no relevance to Serenity and Romance.
2.      Remove pictures, objects and art forms (from the past and present) that do not represent, invite, promote or attract Love, Unity and Sensuality.
3.      Keep work-related items such as electronics devices, bookshelves and work desk out of your bedroom. 
4.     Declutter your closets and donate items you haven't worn in six months to a year. 
5.      Bring tranquility into your bedroom by choosing calming colors such as light blue or soft lavender.
6.     Invest in high quality bedding with a solid pattern and soft, nourishing texture.
7.      Add light fragrant candles or essential-oil diffuser in your bedroom. The scent of Lavender induces relaxation. Rose and Jasmine scents promote Sensuality, Love and Romance.
8.     Promote Love and Sensuality in your life by adding books such as The Goddess' Guide to Love, the Art of Sensual Aromatherapy (or other love related books of your own liking) to your nightstands.

The goal is to invite serenity, love and sensuality into your life. Whether you are single or in a relationship shouldn’t matter!

Most of All, Be Awesome and Love Yourself Without Limits!


Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread Recipe!










Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread Recipe!

Beetroots are high in immune-boosting vitamin Cfiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beetroot also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

This beautiful and colorful spread is super yummy, highly nutritious and very easy to make. It's wonderful with seeded baguette, wholegrain crackers, pita chips and veggies too. It's even more delightful with a glass of fruity red wine such as Pinot Noir.  

You can enjoy it as spread on bread sandwiches, pizza or flatbread and more (just let your culinary imagination go wild)! 

Ingredients (serving size 10):

3 medium red beetroots
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/4 cup toasted pistachios
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/5 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cumin seeds 
1 tbsp. Meyer lemon rind
1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
Few fresh dill sprigs 

Instructions:

Peel beetroots, wash and pad dry with paper towel. Chop into medium size pieces, drizzle olive oil, sprinkle of see salt and roast at 425 for 30-40 minutes. I roast beetroots in a pyrex glass dish loosely covered with parchment paper, which accelerates the cooking time. Remove beetroots from the oven and let them cool for 30 minutes. 

In a food processor, combine roasted beetroots, walnuts, seal salt, olive oil, cumin seeds and garlic cloves. Process until roughly smooth. Add Meyer lemon rind and juice and process 3-4 more times. Place the mixture in a bowl and garnish with crushed pistachios, a few Meyer lemon rinds and a drizzle of olive oil.

Enjoy!

Chef Ellie Lavender


Valentine’s Day Recipe: Lavender Meyer Lemon Madeleines (Vegan)!







A Valentine’s Day gift made with Lavender Love. 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re spending it with your sweetie, celebrating with your friends, or planning the perfect 'Me Day' – nothing says Love like making a lavender-infused gift with your own creative hands.

Madeleines, the Classic French Tea Cakes are baked in special molds that give them a delicate shell shape. The name 'Madeleine' was given to these delightful tea cakes by Louis XV to honor his father in law' cook Madeleine Paulmier. 

Madeleines infused with divine organic culinary lavender flowers and heavenly Meyer lemon are truly delicious, very easy to make and a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift too. Madeleines are best eaten the day they're baked. Though 3-5 days old Madeleines are wonderful too, when dunked into coffee, espresso and even wine. However, you enjoy them, gift yourself with making some.  

Culinary Lavender Tip: always use high grade organic culinary lavender such as Pelindaba Lavender's organic culinary lavenderIt's sweet, aromatic and delightful, which will make your baked goods even heavenlier!

Ingredients: Makes 12 Madeleines

1/2 cup spelt pastry flour
2 Tbsp. almond flour 
1/3 cup sweet butter (dairy or non-dairy)
1 Tsp. fresh Meyer lemon juice
1 Tsp. Meyer lemon zest
2Tbsp. sugar
1 Tsp. organic culinary lavender (finely chopped)
1/3 cup almond milk

Directions:

        Preheat oven to 375°F.
Butter and flour 12 (3 inch) madeleine molds; set aside.
Melt butter and let cool to room temperature.
Using electric mixer or a mixing bowlat high speed beat spelt pastry flour, almond flour, sugar, almond milk, lemon juice and melted butter until the mixture is creamy and smooth. 
Add lemon zest and lavender flowers and beat for additional 2-3 minutes until they are well blended.
Spoon 1 Tbsp. batter into each mold.
Bake for 15-17  minutes , or until cakes are golden and the tops spring back when gently pressed with your fingertip.
Use the tip of the knife to loosen madeleines from pan if necessary; invert onto rack.  
Let it cool for 5-10 minutes if you want to eat them right away. For packaging as gifts, let them cool for at least an hour.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chef Ellie Lavender


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