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To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Jul 5, 2011

Lavender for Lushes

Go into any LA bar right now and you’ll find cocktails that are like a garden in a glass.  Take a sip, and you just might think you’re laying in a field of summer flowers with the sun shining on you.   A friend of mine had brought me a few bunches of lavender, and because I was leaving soon for a quick trip, I didn’t want to let it all go to waste.   While I do wear lavender oil in my hair (a Lush Chef beauty tip), I wasn’t about to start pressing oil and whipping up a hair product on a Wednesday night.  But prepping ingredients for lavender-infused cocktails...well, that I know how to do!

Lavender sugar is a fancy way to dress up and give an elegant decor and flavor to cookies and cakes.  It also makes a sweet finish to rim a cocktail glass with.  Scented sugars also make fantastic and inexpensive little gifts.  The Lush Chef likes to put them in little mason jars with pretty ribbons. 

Lavender Sugar – makes 1-1 ½ cups
  • 1-1 ½ cups sugar
  • 8-10 lavender blossoms 
- Fill a glass jar with the sugar and layer in the lavender blossoms.
- Be sure to use lavender meant for culinary use.  I recommend buying the organic stuff straight from the farmers market.
- Shake the jar every few days, and by the end of 2 weeks, you'll have beautifully scented & flavored lavender sugar.
- Be sure to run the sugar through a sieve to get all of the blossoms out before using.

For some subtly sweet and herbal cocktails, I love using lavender simple syrup.  It's a surprising addition for champagne cocktails, makes an excellent boozy lavender lemonade, or gives a French twist to a mojito.  This also makes an excellent Lush Chef gift. 

Lavender Simple Syrup – makes 2 cups
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbs fresh or dried lavender blossoms
  • 2 cups sugar
- Heat water and lavender blossoms to a boil.
- Add sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat, and refrigerate for 3 days so the lavender really gets a chance to infuse the syrup.
- Strain the syrup to remove the blossoms and bottle it up!


Whitney said...

The LUSH CHEF should go to Ojai for a weekend. xo