Saturday, June 12, 2021

Herbes de Provence & Meyer Lemon Sea Salt Recipe!

 Herbes de Provence & Meyer Lemon Sea Salt  




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Gourmet sea salt’s elegant appearance, complex flavor and moist texture add unique tastes in sweet and savory culinary creations! 

This delightful Herbes de Provence and Meyer Lemon Sea Salt include a combination of fresh and dried herbs typically found in southern France. Like many of the seasoning blends of the same name, I’ve also added organic culinary lavender to the mix. Lavender adds a wonderful floral aroma, a delightful taste on the palette and beautifully complements sweet and savory culinary creations.

Even though, this blend uses fresh herbs, it will keep quite well in the cupboard or kitchen counter for several weeks — at least! The low moisture and the sea salt itself both help preserve it, even at room temperature.

Ingredient (makes two 4 oz. jars), Pic. 1
1 Cup high quality organic sea salt
1 Tsp. Dried herbes de Provence
1 Tsp. Dried or fresh organic culinary lavender buds
1 Tsp. Fresh thyme leaves
1 Tsp. Fresh oregano leaves
1 Tsp. Fresh marjoram leaves
1 Tbsp. Meyer lemon or lemon rinds

Instructions:

1.        Loosely chop all of the fresh herbs and put them in a shallow plate or a bowl, pic. 2.

2.       Add dry herbes de Provence, culinary lavender, Meyer lemon or lemon rinds, sea salt and   toss them with a couple of spoon until the mixture is well blended, pics. 3 & 4.

3.       Put the sea salt mixture in a glass container and store in a cool and dry place.

This tasty homemade gourmet sea salt and a handmade label make a beautiful and unique culinary gift for friends and family too.

Happy Cooking & Baking! 

Chef Ellie Lavender 

Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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The Magic of Herbs Garden!




Ever thought of having your own herb garden and growing herbs at home? 

Fresh herbs add lots of flavor to sweet and savory culinary creations. You can also use them to brew your own tea. You can really enjoy whatever you make knowing it’s all thanks to your green thumb! Whether you’re a novice gardener or just getting into it, starting an herb garden will bring you lots of joy without much hard work as herbs are able to grow in a variety of conditions. 

Select the Herbs for Your Herb Garden - Once you decide you want to start an herb garden; you need to pick what herbs you’d like to grow in your herb garden. You can either start with seeds or starter plants, depending on your preference. There is a wide variety of herbs to choose from for your herb garden, including: Basil, Chives, Mint, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Tarragon, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Oregano, Thyme, Marjoram, Lemon Verbena and Culinary Lavender. 

There’s a lot you can do with herbs. basil, chives, thyme, marjoram and oregano add a punch of flavor to savory dishes, while lavender and herbs like rosemary add both floral aroma and flavor to many sweet dishes. For tea or cocktails, mint and lemon verbena are especially refreshing. 

How to Harvest Herbs from Your Herb Garden - When it comes to harvesting your herbs, the more you pick, the more you will get, so harvest often. It’s also important to harvest before your herbs start flowering because you’ll get more flavorful, better tasting herbs before the plants start to flower so make sure to check how much they’re yielding.

Whether you plan to use fresh herbs in a recipe, or dry them to use later, growing them yourself ensures that you’ll have plenty of flavorful herbs ready at your fingertips.

Happy Herbs Gardening & Cooking! 

Chef Ellie Lavender 

Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine

 

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Savory Lemon-Dill Hummus Recipe!

Savory Lemon-Dill Hummus with Pita Bread   

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Lemon Juice & Rinds

White kidney beans, Dill & Garlic

Greetings Hummus Lovers!

The beauty of making hummus at home is that you can play around with the Ingredients. I use a varieties of beans and fresh herbs when making hummus!  This is my white kidney beans, lemon-dill hummus, which can be enjoyed with pita bread, naan, wholegrain crackers, veggies and even as spread on sandwich breads.

Ingredients (serving size 4):

1. Two cans white kidney beans (AKA Fagioli Cannellini bean), drained and rinsed.
2. 1/4 Tsp. sea salt
3. Two garlic clove pealed and smashed
4. 1/2 Tsp. ground Cumin
5. One cup fresh chopped dill 
6. One tsp. capers
7. One tsp. lemon rinds 
8. Two tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice 
9. 1/4 Cup Olive oil

Instructions: 

1. Add the first 6 ingredients in a processor and pulse until the mixture is coarse.
2. Add the last 3 ingredients, pic. 1 and process until the mixture is creamy, pic. 2
3. Transfer the hummus in a bowl, drizzle some olive oil, and garnish with lemon rinds, capers and chopped dill, pic. 3

Enjoy!

Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor

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