IT'S summer time, and a plethora of fruits and veggies are emerging. I always love when cherries come on. Then I know summer is n full swing.
Last night I taught a class on Lavender. Growing it, and cooking with it too. If you have never had a dish with a hint of lavender in it. Your missing a great flavor sensation.
Here are two recipes using cherries in combination with Lavender
Caramelized Lavender Cherries
Melt 1/4 Cup butter in large frying pan over medium heat. Add 3 TBS. packed brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. culinary lavender, 2 cups pitted cherries, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Simmer until cherries are warm. Spoon over anything! pound cake or ice cream.
RED WINE LAVENDER CHERRY SAUCE
In a frying pan over medium heat, saute a couple of sliced shallots, and 2 Cups pitted cherries in olive oil until onion are brown. Mix in 2/3 cup red wine, 1 Tbs. orange zest, 2 Tbs. sugar and fresh orange juice. A pinch of salt and 1/2 tsp. culinary lavender. Cook stirring often until sauce reduces by half. Spoon over chicken, and sprinkle with fresh thyme. I also rubbed my chicken parts with olive oil, salt and pepper, lavender and fresh rosemary
*Note. It's important t0 use culinary lavender. The Purple apple sales high quality culinary lavender. A two oz bag (1 cup) is $4.00 free shipping.
Enjoy all the goodies that are now available in the garden, or on the tree. Eat locally and in season.