Is this just like, stupid gorgeous? don’t hate me, but i was there! and i have long toes too, see: that should make you feel better. well, i’m stretching them there… but anyway. talk about paradise:
if you’ve been over here lately then you know that M and i have been traveling around turkey for the last two weeks. you’ll also know that i have become completely invigorated by the old foodways that are still in practice in that part of the world. i think my kitchen is forever changed.
it’s kinda amazing. then i came back to new england, western massachusetts to be exact. i came home to this:
now i think i know how hefiz felt. (deliciously intoxicated from it all)
terrior is what i’m talking about! it’s everywhere. it’s over there and under our feet! what i’m saying, i mean if i have to say it then, is, there’s more than one garden of eatin’! but you probably already knew that.
1/2 cup fresh pesticide free lavender flowers (or 2 tablespoons dried)
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar (i use raw)
1. place water and sugar in a saucepan and begin on low heat until sugar melts. once sugar melts turn heat up and bring to the boil. simmer for 10 or so minutes until a very light syrup develops.
2. turn off heat and put lavender flowers in syrup, quickly cover.
3. let cool and put in fridge overnight.
4. strain into bottle and store in fridge for 3 months or more.
makes approximately 1 1/2 pints.
lavender syrup can be used to make lavender ice cream, lavender shortbreads, lavender-lemonade, and a drop at the bottom of a champagne glass just before filling is perfect for a new england summer night.
…or i imagine, for wherever you might be.