In my usual tree-hugging posture, this photo was taken “somewhere” up Lightning Creek, enjoying a relaxing afternoon picnicking (cooking meat on a stick) a couple weeks ago. It was quite warm and a bit muggy, but we stuck to the shady areas and did okay.
Too bad we didn’t have a couple quarts of thirst quenching Lavender Lemonade with us. Here’s the recipe from my book, The Wild & Weedy Apothecary.
1 cup water 2 tbs. dried lavender flowers
1/2 cup sugar, or to taste
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons) – pick out the seeds!
4 cups water
Boil 1 cup water, remove from heat, add lavender, stir, then cover and steep 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine sugar, lemon juice and 4 cups water in a large pitcher or jar, stirring well to dissolve sugar. Strain lavender tea through a fine mesh, then add to the lemonade. Chill well, and serve over ice.
Special thanks to my friend Jayne Schaper for the recipe (which I admittedly tweaked)… You can find Jayne at the Cedar St. Bridge Open Market (Sandpoint, Idaho) most weekends, selling her beautifully handcrafted beaded jewelry, lavender wands, and other creations. She is an inspiration, a shining star, on my life’s journey, and a dear sister as well.
How about this for tossing with pasta for a quick supper?
Fresh peas, two types of baby zucchini, broccoli, sugar snaps, chopped lemony herbs and garlic scapes along with brown rice spaghetti was really tough to put down… NOT! This still life with paring knife is a current example of the delightful garden-fresh blessings growing in Lightning Creek Gardens!
I think this would fit in very nicely in a sweet magazine I have recently discovered, called MaryJanesFarm. It’s kind of like Martha Stewart gone country. Gone hard-workin’ leather’n’lace. Perhaps even gone Wild & Weedy! Check it out.
I realize it’s been over a month since I last posted. Guess I’ve been busy! Local book sales have been pretty good, for a tiny town in the North Idaho mountains. I am so grateful to the local store (the Monarch Market) and eateries (Mom’s and the Squeeze Inn) for showing off The Wild & Weedy Apothecary in pretty baskets for all to see. I hope they all know how much I appreciate it.
I hope you leave a comment when you visit The Wild & Weedy Kitchen blog… I want to hear what’s up in your neck of the woods.