Wayyy back when I first started this blog, in my second post, I promised to make this recipe. Well, I stuck to my word…maybe it took a little longer than I expected it to, but I got there in the end.
To be honest, before now it just didn’t seem appropriate to post this recipe. The best use for the simple syrup is a simple cold beverage, which is best enjoyed in the garden on a gloriously hot day. We are now in the middle of a heat wave, well some parts of the UK are anyway, and now this recipe is perfect! (well that is some amount of nonsense to justify my procrastination)
It’s basically like making homemade fancy fruit cordial. I’m going to have to think up some other flavours to try out, I’m thinking blueberry and lime or something like that! (more…)
Lavender smells lovely and looks totally pretty, but eating it…really? I was in a farm shop a couple of weekends ago just outside Perth, which sells all sorts of goodies for cooking and baking, when I came across a too-adorable-not-to-buy jar of lavender. I’ve also always wanted to try baking with lavender, even though after opening the jar it still reminded me of perfume.
After doing some research online I discovered that lavender goes really well with rhubarb…only one of my favourite fruits! What better vehicle for consuming rhubarb is there than crumble? That would be none, you’re dead right.
Here the lavender provides background notes of floral sweetness which mellows out the tartness of the rhubarb. The lavender is incorporated into the mix with the rhubarb and sugar, before the whole lot is topped with a simple crumble mixture flavoured with some orange zest. (Talking of oranges, I have also found out during my research that lavender goes really well with citrus and have an orangeage recipe in mind to try it out further..experimentation! )