Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lovely Lavender!

Last night was my cooking class! The class was at an amazing restaurant called the Herb Lyceum. They grow all their own herbs and it is phenomenal. This class was all about cooking with lavender. I have never cooked with lavender, I usually reserved it for soaps, perfumes, and tea... so I was excited to learn some recipes for it.

Cooking with Lavender
The aesthetic of this place is my dream home!

First thing we did was take a quick tour of the grounds and the unbelievable herb gardens. Oh, the fresh smells of the herbs and flowers and wet soil were just breathtaking. After our chef snipped a hefty bundle of fresh lavender, we headed back inside and started of some grub!

Cooking with Lavender

First up was a Cranberry Lavender Lemonade. It sounds simple and not so special, but let me assure you it was a sweet-sour-complex-soothing-bright tasting cup of heaven.

Cooking with Lavender
Chef Paul, getting his ingredients together

It was so cool to be in this chef's professional kitchen. I have eaten at this restaurant before and it is exquisite to say the least. Seeing this kitchen and seeing the chef in action was just such a treat.

We then worked on a few things at once -

Citrus & Lavender Cured Salmon
Lavender Shortbread (o.m.g)
Orange Zest & Lavender Buttermilk Dressing
Lavender Panna Cotta
Lavender Bread Pudding

Cooking with Lavender
He printed all the recipes up for us to take home

Cooking with Lavender
Cooking with Lavender
Cooking with Lavender

I can't properly describe the fantasticness of this salmon. I've had a LOT of salmon in my life, and this may be the very best. I am definitely going to try and make this myself.

Cooking with Lavender
I am either half asian, or the flash was on. woops!

Cooking with Lavender
Jeannette showing off her cute shoes

My auntie made me those aprons. I looove them and wear them all the time. The other people in the class were so jealous of them... I could tell!

Cooking with Lavender
I realize this pic looks a bit creepy, but in the evening, this dimly lit rustic wood barn, adorned with dried herbs and antique bottles was the most charming, warm place you could imagine.

I had a super lovely time. I am no longer afraid of lavender as an ingredient, and I got to spend some time with my friend Jeannette!
I am definitely looking forward to attending another class!

1 refreshing comments:

Melissa Whittaker said...

Gorgeous location!