Spice of the Week: Lavender

Lavender, known for its extraordinary scent and importance in the perfume industry, is the spice we’re focusing on this week. Because even though it is often associated with air freshener, it is quite a fascinating spice in its own right.

Still, the effect of its aroma is what makes lavender so popular these days. A lavender bath for instance aids circulation of the blood, and is quite healthy for both adults and children. The scent also has a calming effect on migraines. Often mixed with rosemary in French, Spanish and Italian cuisine, it can be used for a variety of recipes as well. Maybe you can try one from the BLE, or the one below?

Alternate recipe: Mediterranean bean casserole

2 tablespoons oil
2 onions
200 g sausage
2 cloves garlic
300 g tomatoes
400 g cooked beans (or canned)
200 g sweet corn (frozen, canned)
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1 teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon lavender
½ teaspoon rosemary
¼ teaspoon thyme
2 bay leaves
ground pepper, salt

Slice sausage, fry in oil until red and set aside. Sauté sliced onion and garlic, add chopped tomatoes, simmer, add beans and corn, stir and simmer for 10 minutes, with sausage, basil, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves. Salt and pepper to taste. Add slight amount of water if necessary, or thicken with flour if runny.

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