Today we're going to my mom's to have a bbq. I'm in the experimenting mood (sometimes good, sometimes sorta scary) so I am going to take some of my herbs that I harvested this morning and try to create something yummy. I'm thinking my theme is going to be "Refreshing". One of things I'm trying is the following recipe for Lavender Lemonade. I've had something similar at a bridal shower & have wanted to try my hand at it for a while:
- 1/3 cup dried lavender ( be sure it's food grade)
- 1/13 cup sugar
- 14 lemons
- 4 cups boiling water
- 2 trays of ice cubes
- 10 cups cold water or to taste
Put ice cubes into a large pitcher. Place dried lavender in a bowl and add the boiling water over the top of it. After about 10-15 minutes, strain the lavender out (with a strainer or a coffee filter will work). Discard the lavender. Add the sugar into the hot lavender water. When the sugar is dissolved, pour over the ice cubes in the pitcher. Squeeze as much juice as possible from the lemons into the pitcher. Add the cold water to the pitcher. Taste and adjust lemon juice or sugar as desired.
To continue along the "Refreshing" theme, I am going to make an Avocado-Cilantro soup. I love chilled soups and this one just sounds wonderful. (I am sorry that I don't know where these recipes originally came from so I can give credit. I have a habit of copying great ones down & not always getting their origins documented.)
- 4 avocados, diced
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 3 1/2 cups chicken broth, cold
- 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 1 tsp hot pepper sauce
- 1 tablespoon tequila (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine avocado, shallot, chicken broth, tomato paste, hot pepper sauce, lime juice and tequila in a large food processor. Add about 1/2 of the cilantro, saving some for garnishing. Process until mixture is smooth. Add salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a large bowl and refrigerate at least 2 hours, covered.
When ready to serve, place the mixture into four chilled soup bowls. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and the remaining cilantro.
And lastly, on my creative front, I will make this lovely Pesto Butter/Dip. YUMMY! It doesn't necessarily go along with the Refreshing bit, but it's awesome and I picked the herbs specifically for this so here it goes.. (Now I just need to con Mom into making her Rosemary Bread..)
- 2 tbsp ground black pepper
- 2tbsp fresh oregano
- 2 tbsp fresh rosemary
- 2 tbsp fresh basil
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp dried garlic powder
- 2 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoon salt
Mom just called to tell me that she did make fresh bread so great minds are definitely on the same wavelength!!! Now just to fill in the rest of the meal. I'm thinking some grilled chicken breasts and strawberries for dessert......I'm hungry!