Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Blue Moon Lavender
Several years ago I purchased a lovely little cookbook called Cooking and Baking with Lavender by Magdalena Bassett. She owned and operated a small lavender farm in Sequim, Washington with her husband, DJ Bassett. Her cookbook, although small, was filled with creative lavender recipes that she developed. Unfortunately a visit to their farm reveals that it is closed and the property for sale. Still well cared for, the lavender beds are vibrant and alive. Shaped like the crescent moon, they beautifully shout "Blue Moon Lavender" loud and clear!
Here's Magdalena's recipe for Baked Beans with Raisins and Lavender:
One 15 ounce can of beans (such as Bush's Vegetarian Beans)
2 sour apples, peeled, cored and cut into small cubes
1/2 cup raisins
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. lavender
salt, pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients together well. Then transfer to a baking dish. Cover and bake for 1 hour. Serve as a side dish with entree, or with rice or tortillas as a main dish.