Thursday, July 23, 2009

Auberge French Lavender Chicken is what's for dinner tonight

with my being not feeling good with this kidney infection mr. roll has been taking care of dinner and running to the market to collect me lots of bananas and graham crackers to eat. i sound like a toddler don't i? literally all i want to eat is bananas and graham crackers. and btw, when my children were little i made my own graham crackers--i was so berkeley!

i felt a bit well enough to marinade some chicken, and then mr. roll can throw them on the grill tonight. i also asked him to pick up a salad from a local restaurant, and he'll grill some bread too. mr. roll can cook when given proper notice and instructions, if needed.

Auberge French Lavender Marinade for Beef, Lamb or Chicken

4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lavender honey
5 drops lavender, cooking essence (or lavender flowers, crushed)
one crushed garlic clover
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper

Mix all the marinade ingredients together and brush over beef, lamb or chicken. Allow the meat to marinate in the marinade for 2 hours minimum and then cook as required.
This marinade is great for the barbeque.
If making ahead, store in a covered bottle or jar and keep in the fridge until required.

chicken has been marinating since this morning. i can't wait to smell it outdoors grilling. we happen to live right by a lavender farm so i always have plenty of culinary lavender on hand for meals. if i were feeling better i would also make some brown rice with lavender. it's easy--add culinary lavender to the water and let it bowl, then add the brown rice and let it cook/steam. so good i cannot even describe it.

if you like the recipe and think you want to try it, but don't have lavender fields surrounding your area, please let me know as i would love to send you some culinary lavender. once you cook with it you will contacting me for more. i would love to send you some so don't hesitate to email me at and let me know here that you have done so.



  1. Ooo la la, this sounds divine! I wish I could drop in and share some with you!

  2. okay, i'm back. and now i'm curious. i've never used lavender in my cooking. intrigued. where do i buy it? is it all about aroma? or does it impart flavor? or both? best with chicken? pork? etc. you get the vein of my thinking. anyhoo...glad you're feeling better. bb

  3. I saw you picture on my husbands cancer blog (thanks for following), and have spent a while browsing through your blog and learning that your husband has cancer, and you have some kidney trouble. I'm so sorry about both! Your family will be in our prayers!

  4. I'm amazed at all you do! You write beautifully and I love to read your blog. My prayers are with you and Mr. Roll. I've never cooked with lavender, so I'm not sure I could make this one.