Thursday, 30 September 2010

La Vida Lavender

At which time the gentle fragrance captured her nose, sweeping her into a place of calm, a warmed glass of honeyed milk accompanied by the most delicate of flavours, Lavender. Lovely Lavender, that gently trickles freshness and whimsical thoughts. Lightness and longing float together with this subtle scent.

Subtlety is the key when using Lavender in cooking, too much and it feels like you're eating perfume, too little and you loose its majesty.

I’m a believer in cycles and as my last two blogs have been about baking, I thought it apt to follow on with a grand finale of floral heights – yep, you guessed it, loveliest Lavender Kookies! They bring the idea of balance to a new level.
These sweet morsels are so delicate on the taste buds, what better accompaniment to a warm milky drink before bedtime to guarantee a peaceful and deep sleep?

Lavender carries pleasantries amongst her purple buds, it helps say adios to insomnia and relieves both anxiety and depression. Wonderful news then for combating winter blues. One extra beauty to bear in mind, during the plagues in France, many moons ago, French glove makers laced Lavender on their mittens and with its antiseptic properties, those who wore them were apparently among the lucky survivors! Phew! What a relief.

Special tip - Every cookie deserves a home. Find a sturdy jar, for a clearly cookie only zone, and create a happy corner in your kitchen. 

So to health and happiness and Lavender Lullabies, with the Loveliest Lavender Kookies, of course!!! ;-)


Lovely Lavender Kookies

Makes 10 biscuits

Rice flour 60g
porridge oats 60g
baking powder 1tsp
lavender 2 tsp
sweet freedom 60g  
Butter 60g
Vanilla essence 1 tsp

PRE-HEAT oven to 350F 180'/ gas 4.
MIX rice flour, oats, baking powder and lavender in a bowl.
MELT butter, sweet freedom and vanilla essence in a small saucepan.
POUR into bowl and mix everything well with a wooden spoon.
SPOON dsp dollops of the mixture onto a non-stick baking tray/ or one lined with baking parchment.
MOULD into shape of your choice.
BAKE for 10-12 minutes.
REMOVE from oven and leave to cool on tray for five minutes.
DAINTILY enjoy . . . . zzzzzzzzz


  1. Your teasing me with all these delightful treats!! Yum yum!!xxx

  2. Well it takes a beautiful Flower to know one! Angie you're the most beautiful of Flowers! xxx

  3. I think this is JUST what I need, I'll definitely be trying this recipe out xx

  4. Great stuff;-) Let me know how they go? For an extra bit of zen try adding 1 tsp of chamomile buds! xxx

  5. Have GOT to make these for Christmas presents - I often thought of cooking with lavender buut thought it could be a bit overpowering. But will try these cookies out, definitely. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. My pleasure Joey. I know what you mean, though these are a certified hit! Temper the lavender quantity to suit you. I like two, maybe one would do for you. See what works. They'd definitely make great presents, I'm seeing lovely purple ribbons too;-) Happy Kookie making!


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