Breakfast for a warm sunny Summer morning
Toast 1 or 2 pieces of good country bread to dark golden perfection with little burned spots on the crust. Quickly, before the toast cools smear with a soft fresh goat cheese. Drizzle with lavender honey and generously grind fresh black pepper over the whole thing. Relish on the back porch with a cup of hot coffee steeped with a twist of orange rind. Listen to the black-capped chickadees and pretend you don’t have a million tasks ahead of you!
One of the many perks of being Planted at Home.
Harvest 6-8 stems of lavender just before the blossoms fully open and roll gently in a dry paper towel to remove any garden dust. Cut stems to fit and place into a glass jar. Meanwhile heat 1 cup honey in the microwave or on the stove top until quite warm. Pour the warm honey into the jar over the lavender buds and seal the jar tightly. Allow to steep for several days during which time the lavender oil will infuse the honey with a deliciously floral scent and flavor.
Not only is this honey exquisite on toast and cheese, or in tea but due to the antibacterial properties of both the lavender and the honey, this sweet concoction makes a soothing balm for minor scrapes and inflammation.