Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lavender-Coconut Macroons and Continuing the Lavender Tour

The little plum teapot and I continue exploring the world of lavender as we make plans for the week. A pot of hot tea with some of Sally's Coconut Macaroons helps to set the stage for our research. Today we'll look at a few more lavender farms in Sequim, Washington. But first, Sally has graciously agreed to share her delicious recipe. By the way, it is great for those who have special dietary needs. It is gluten-free, vegan, and low-carb.

Sally's Lavender-Coconut Macaroons

1 1/2 cups coconut, shredded, unsweetened
1 Tbsp. coconut flour
1/2 tsp. lavender bud
1/8 tsp. sea salt
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. stevia powder
1 Tbsp. pure vanilla

Combine shredded coconut, lavender bud, and coconut flour. Pulse in food processer. Add salt, coconut oil, stevia, and vanilla. Combine well. Using a small ice cream scoop, form small balls and place each in miniature cupcake papers that are placed in a miniature muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 6  to 7 minutes. Cool and enjoy with tea.

*Sally added orange juice and orange zest as well.

And now...back to the lavender farms.
Those shared today are all in Sequim, Washington

Red geraniums and lots of lavender at Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm.
Sunflowers, pruned lavender shrubs, and lavender blossoms at Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm.
A lavender still at Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm.
A demonstration of how to distill lavender. It takes a lot of lavender to make a small bottle of lavender oil.
Port Williams Lavender Farm.
A pretty bench at Port Williams Lavender Farm. Corn fields nearby create such a vibrant backdrop for the purple blossoms.
Fountain and lilies at Port Williams Lavender Farm.
Port Williams Lavender Farm ~ one row pruned and the next in bloom.
Fence, trellis, fountain, and flowers at Port Williams Lavender Farm.
It is unusual to find quantities of Spanish Lavender at most lavender farms. Called Lavender stoeches, it is used for landscape hedges and fresh, cut flowers. This variety does not dry well. Nor is it used for culinary purposes. It is beautiful and usually blooms before other kinds of lavender.
Sunshine Lavender Farm. Seen are rows of Lavandula Angustifolia, also called True Lavender, which is used for oil, fresh cut, drying, sachets, crafting, and culinary use.
Each farm has their own sense of style. Hand painted signs are common and usually have the  purple paint on them somewhere!
It's time to sit a spell. Do you have a cup of tea nearby?


Time Traveling in Costume said...

I've yet to visit Sunshine Lavender Farms but drove by it quite a few times off season. I need to go see it now.

Karen's Place said...

Lovely. Perfect read with my mid-morning cuppa tea.

Marilyn said...

I have been to each of these farms and they are all beautiful. The Port Williams Lavender Farm has a lovely lavender honey that I use to carry at Marmalady's. You are definitely getting me in the mood to visit the lavender fields again. Iced black tea in my glass right now.

Colleen said...

I've never been to a lavender farm and these photos are so beautiful! I can almost smell all that lavender and the round lavender crowns are great! I have one straggly lavender plant that I cherish, even if it isn't beautiful. I will try the lavender bud in a cup of tea- yum!

Miss Blue's classroom said...

Yum, I am going to make these delicious sounding macaroons. I wish I could stroll through these delightful gardens.

Miss Blue's classroom said...

I am going to make these delicious sounding macaroons. Thank you for the recipe. I love coconut macaroon cookies but the one I have always made has milk in it and I'm trying to not use it. I would love to stroll the gardens with you.