By Vicky Babcock
Lavender – part two
…with immediacy and intensity, smell activates the memory, allowing our minds to travel freely in time.” – Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume, 1984.
Lavender, the base for most dream pillows, can chase away nightmares and ease stress. It is one of the herbs used in four thieves vinegar, which is believed to have been used in the 1800s to ward off the plague. No wonder this magnificent herb is considered to be good luck!
Lavender likes a sunny spot in well-drained soil. It won’t tolerate wet feet. It is fairly disease resistant and pest resistant—an excellent choice in the garden since the deer will not touch it. If purchasing lavender for culinary purposes, be sure to get organic or culinary lavender. While both the leaves and the buds are fragrant and edible, most of the oils are concentrated in the buds.
Try lavender in the bath, the dryer, your pillow or your dresser drawer. Or try the following recipe—we think you’ll agree it’s a keeper.
Lavender Lemon Bars
¾ cup butter 1 ¾ cups sugar
½ cup confectioners sugar 1/3 cup flour
2 cups flour ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup ground almonds 4 eggs
1-2 teaspoons Lavender flowers, crushed
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated fresh lemon rind
In a small mixing bowl, cream butter and ½ cup powdered sugar. Add the 2 cups flour, almonds, lavender and lemon peel, and beat until crumbly. Pat into an ungreased 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Bake in pre-heated oven 350◦ for 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Meanwhile, in another small mixing bowl. Combine sugar for topping, flour, baking soda, eggs and lemon juice; beat until frothy. Pour over HOT crust. Bake at 350◦ for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack—dust with powdered sugar. Refrigerate leftovers.
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