Archive for the ‘Desserts’ Category

Mint Flavored Sugar for Fruit Salad or Lemonade

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

In a mortar, lightly bruse a sprig or two of mint in sugar to release its fragrance or, alternatively, whirl a few fresh mint leaves with a couple of tablespoons of sugar in a blender to create a lovely sweetener for fruit (make sure the mint is dry). This sugar is meant to be made fresh, so only make as much as you need — it doesn’t keep well and gets lumpy because of the moisture from the mint.

Especially good with peaches, blackberries, strawberries and pears. This sugar is also great for making lemonade. Remember to garnish with a few mint leaves.

Lavender Sugar for Fruit Salads, Tea, & Cookies

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Dry lavender flowers in a cool airy place. Whirl a heaping teaspoon of dried buds (or to taste) with a cup of sugar and store in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Alternately, tie a spring of lavender in a muslim square and drop it into a sealed jar of sugar if you prefer not to have bits of lavender in your sugar.

Sprinkle on fresh fruit (berries, peaches, pears, plums) or use to flavor iced tea or in place of ordinary sugar for cookies, cakes & icings. A combination of tree-ripened peaches and blackberries treated this way is especially summer-wonderful and gorgeous.

Lavender sugar smells divine and has a light flavor of lavender. It combines beautifully with almonds.

Figs with Balsamic Vinegar

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Another simple but delicious non-recipe.


Balsamic vinegar

Cut ripe figs into halves through their poles (not through their equators) and arrange on a plate. Serve with tiny bowls of balsamic vinegar for dipping.