I love picking a new recipe to try.
Cookbooks, newspaper clippings, pinterest finds; a great new recipe means a fun day in the kitchen for me!
This past weekend I dove into one of my FAVOURITE sources for great recipes, the LCBO Food & Drink magazine, where the theme of so many great recipes was lavender.
I picked two that looked incredible and got to cooking. The Lavender Raspberry Mojito, and the Lavender Lemon Curd Tarts.
First, let me save you some grief on marketing: dried lavender is hard to find. You can order it in bulk but many grocery stores won't carry it (I went to two Whole Foods, called 3 specialty grocery stores, and checked my local before I gave up).
Don't do what I did first, do what I did last. Go to your local loose leaf tea shop and buy a lavender heavy tea! I bought the Lavender Dreams tea from Teavana, but most loose leaf shops will carry something similar.
It will get the job done and save you a hassle. Plus, the pretty lavender flowers look so pretty frozen in my ice cubes.
Speaking of ice cubes, let's talk about the Lavender Raspberry Mojito. This drink was a little complicated and required some prep time, but it was WELL worth it. It is DELICIOUS!
Lavender Syrup and ice cubes, muddled raspberries, lime juice, raspberry liqueur and white rum... I don't know if I could come up with a more delicious and more girlie cocktail. It's perfect for lazy hot days with girlfriends.
Once you're feeling cool and refreshed from your drink, you'll need something to pair it with.
Enter the Lavender Lemon Curd Tarts.
These tarts are perfectly bite sized with the right amount of tart and sweet. I chose to garnish mine with a raspberry but the recipe also recommends candied lemon as an option.
Whatever you choose, you'll find them easy to whip up, with a delicate flavour that is perfect for lazy picnics, afternoon tea or just to entertain and delight your guests after a summer's barbecue.
The LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) stores put out a magazine for every season, they NEVER disappoint! If you don't live close to one, you can still search the archives online for all their great recipes.
If you're looking for some drink and food inspiration, it's a great resource! Check it out here.
What is your favourite summer drink and nibbles combo? let me know in the comments below!