Farm Foodie: Luscious Lavender
Guest post: Debra Dubief
Hello fellow friends and followers of the Good Food Life! My name is Debra Dubief – you may recognize me from the Farm Foodie column in Farm Notes that comes in your Full Circle delivery box. For the last several years, I’ve written a weekly column for our members about good food ideas, tips and recipes, and fun discoveries with food. You could say I have a passion for food and flavor and sharing the things I’ve discovered along the way. From my years professionally baking and catering, to feeding my family and friends—and doing it all with the best organic and natural ingredients I can find, I’ve come to realize that even the simplest dishes can be the most rewarding. We’ll now be sharing the Farm Foodie column each Monday on the Good Food Life Blog. So check back often and let me know your thoughts! ~Debra
On a recent, gorgeous summer evening, we hosted a very special birthday dinner. It was a feast that elicited lots of Farm Foodie fodder and recipes I promise to share in the coming weeks. But first I have to tell you about lavender and the fancy pants potatoes I made with it—because with lavender in full bloom on nearly every corner, now is the time to harvest.
My philosophy when it comes to entertaining is to elevate simple dishes with one or two special ingredients. In this case, roasted summer Yukon Gold potatoes—delicious enough on their own—turned into a dinner party-worthy dish when finished with a sprinkle of crushed fresh lavender buds and a bit of high-quality, fruity olive oil.
Understandably, cooking with lavender is often hyped at this time of year and you can find lots of enticing summery dishes that incorporate it. You also see this member of the mint family show up in all sorts of tempting recipes throughout the year, when nary a bud can be found. If you don’t have a lavender plant, just volunteer to “prune” your neighbor’s. Keep a bunch in your kitchen for summer cooking and shake off a handful of the dried buds to stash away for later. Then, you too will be able to unleash some Mediterranean magic in the dead of… well, let’s not talk about that now. There is still plenty more summer to enjoy.