We went to a lavender farm in Surrey last Saturday and I cant even begin to explain how incredibly beautiful it was. It started raining just when we got there, and that kinda added to the whole beauty of the place. Set in a typical English countryside, Mayfiled Lavender field is a charming 25 acre lavender field and is in full bloom from mid June and is harvested by August. My obsession with lavender got me interested in the whole thing, and was thrilled to find one right here in London. Took pictures after pictures and I still wasn't satisfied. Ro had to drag me outta that place ultimately. Had a cuppa tea in their lovely lil cafe, grabbed a big bunch of lavender and headed back home smelling of lavender. Here are some pics for you to enjoy.
Come today, and I had to do something with the lavender bunch, soon. Separated the bunch, and I'm thinking of using one for some potpourri and the other for cooking. Haven't decided what to cook with it as yet, but this is what i came up with today.
This is a brilliant way to store these lavender babies. It can be then used in cakes, cookies, drinks or just sprinkled on fruit.
Granulated sugar- 1 cup
Dried lavender flower heads- 1/2 tbsp
In a pestle and mortar, finely grind the lavender with about 1/2 tbsp of sugar.
Transfer to a bowl and stir in the rest of the sugar.
Store in a jar with a tight lid and let it stand for three days, before you use it.
Lime- Lavender cooler (makes about 3 cups)
The lavender tea was so soothing, that I decided to try a cooler this time, and yes, we both loved it thoroughly.
Lemon juice- 1/4th cup
Lime juice- 1/4 cup
Sugar- 6 to 8 tsp (or to taste)
Lavender flower heads- one hand full
Hot water- 2 1/2 cups
Salt- to taste
Ice cubes- as required
Place the lavender flower heads in a heat resistant bowl and pour the hot water into it. Let it steep for about 10 minutes, then strain out the lavender and discard.
Mix the sugar into the hot lavender water and mix till dissolved.
Once lightly cool, add the lemon juice and lime juice and mix well. Add some salt for that extra twang.
Pour into a pitcher filled with ice and chill further in the refrigerator, if required.
Otherwise, pour into serving glasses, garnish with a lemon wedge and serve cold.
I also tried using the lavender sugar to make this cooler and it came out beautiful.
While I was moving the bunch around, some fell on the floor. I got a call after that and so didnt clean it up immediately. The sun played hide and seek for a while in the afternoon, and this kinda caught my attention. I had to click a pic :)