Friday, October 15, 2010

Lavender Tea Bead

Today was a cold, gloomy day. We've been having rain all week, and it just was not letting up!
It was definitely a home-cozy kinda day.
I tried out two new recipes: Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Bake, and
Lavender Tea Cake.
I had never made a dish that included lavender before, so I was a little hesitant.
I had some dried lavender, so I went for it. It didn't call for much - just 3 Tbs. fresh or 1 Tbs. dried.
I did however, make some adjustments to the recipe, instead of adding the whole 1 Tbs of flowers, I ground 1/2 of it, so it would be able to mix into the batter more evenly; then mixed the other half in.

Next, you had to simmer it in milk, to really get the flavouring out. I also had some dried spearmint in my stash, so a couple pinches of that went in too!

I baked it in a loaf pan, and finished it with a citrus glaze of lemon and orange. Finally a few flowers sprinkled on top for presentation.
I quite liked and the smell in my kitchen was wonderful!
It's edible aromatherapy!!

Jeremie also put together some shelving for me to go in my craft room! Yay! I can't wait to get that room organized. Thanks hunny!

A little while ago I brought my drum over to my folks' place to play a few songs for Henry. Jeremie's a great guitarist, and I like to join him every so often on my own little instrument.
Henry's only 2 and a half but that little guy sure has a gift for music!
He would beat in time with me as we sung: "Octopus' Garden" Of course, instead of being in the octopus' garden in the shade, we're "In an Octopus' garden with Henry!"

And here's a picture of P.J. attacking her new enemy in the apartment.
The printer.
She hates it for some reason, and any time it makes even a beep, she's right there to pounce on any moving paper.
P.J. The Defender!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! I know I did!
- Jenny


Niki said...

just a lovely post sweetie :)

Mel said...

The tea cake looks delicious. I love Lavender, but have never thought to put it in food. I think I need to try that.
Love the kitty attacking the printer- too cute.

Erin said...

Great post Jen!

Jenny said...

Jeremie loves the tea cake (which was funny to me) but he said he really enjoys the taste and the smell it gives off. :)
My next experiment will be to substitute the sugar with honey.


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