A Hot Day,The Lavender Harvest and
Barbecued Peaches with Honey and Lavender
Today was HOT, very hot, the mercury rose up the dizzy and breath stealing heights of 38C and there wasn’t a breath of air as the sun beat down on my wilting plants and herbs………the chickens were in shock and we had to put a hose pipe in their pen to cool them off; my fruit trees seemed to bow under the weight of the oppressive heat whilst all outdoor activities were put on hold, except one, I needed to harvest some of my lavender……..I have already done a cutting already, a few weeks ago, but I needed a few more bunches to keep me in lavender sugar, lavender bags and other sundry lavender-ish things! I DID cut my lavender in the morning, when the temperatures weren’t so high, and there was a zephyr of a breeze to cool me down. I did have a video to share with you, but I can’t seem to be able to turn in around the right way, so for now, I will share some photos I took last year of my daughter helping me with the lavender harvest!
…….I grow many different types of lavender – for decoration, lavender bags, beauty and herbal remedies, culinary purposes, honey (my neighbour’s bees use our lavender!) and also to hang around our home to deter insects and mosquitos! Here is one row at the front of the house……
……….. Hannah, my daughter, and I harvested the front row yesterday – it was ready, the bottom one third of blooms were flowering and the oil was at an optimum point…..
……..They are brought inside and hung upside down in my walk-in pantry – it is an old wine cave – and is dark, extremely cool and dry – an excellent place to dry herbs and flowers. I use elastic bands to tie the bunches up and then paper clips or twisties to attach them to the hooks…….
So, after the harvest, what should I cook on this hot and airless day? Well, I wasn’t very hungry and after a simple sandwich of ham and home-made plum chutney, I decided to treat myself to a Barbecued Peach with Honey and Lavender, which is a great dessert to sling on the barbie and is also VERY low in calories too, a mere 90 calories, which makes it VERY suitable for the anyone following the 5:2 diet. I have some other recipes I have posted recently that are also low in calories and are perfect for the 5:2 diet as well as Weight Watchers: Pink Grapefruit and Prawn Salad, Fresh Fruit Salad and Roast Tomato & Garlic Soup Recipe (70 Calories).
I was able to buy a case of peaches recently for about £3 (4 kilos) and although I LOVE them just as they are, there is something rather decadent about hot peaches, especially when served with honey, and a sprig of lavender! This is a VERY easy recipe with NO mess, and no pots and pans needed either, a simple parcel loaded with peachy goodness, local honey and my home-grown lavender……
In the absence of good weather or a barbecue, these little parcels can also be thrown in the oven and will cook in about 15 minutes, in a hot oven that is. I am not on a fast day today, so I could have served these with a dollop of cream or crème fraîche, but they were just perfect served as they were, no need to over gild the lily, and the lavender just adds a WHIFF of scent to the peaches, whilst the honey makes a divine sauce.
This simple recipe also qualifies me to enter it into the August One Ingredient challenge too, which, is hosted by Laura and Nazima on alternate months, and is being hosted over at Working London Mummy blog spot this month, where the ingredient is Peaches! And with that, I will bid you farewell for now, I need to have a cold bath and a LONG cool drink, as it’s still 30c and it’s past ten o’clock at night!! See you tomorrow, and have a lovely start to the weekend. Karen