The Blue Eyed Fairy..as she is known here~
This is lavender in my garden..I lost 3 mature plants this year:(But fortunately I still have some left.
It THRILLS me..Like lavender blue gum did when I was young:)No..more.. way more!
One day in Provence..
Gordes ... more precisely..I had a dish that sent me to the moon~In a restaurant there..
Poulet au miel de lavande.
I have been trying to perfect it ever since..
I started by making my own honey..well....lavender infused honey..not from scratch honey~:)
I posted it about it a long time ago here..and am due for a new batch..
It is the principal ingredient apart from le poulet in the recipe..
I love this honey! I regretted not buying some there.. and had to come up with a way to have some..here.
The chicken is delicious..
And I picture myself in Provençal restos when I make it~Jacques rolls his eyes when I say that..But that's how I am.. scents.. aromas.. I remember.
My version is simple..I tried roasting.. w/ herbs under the skin.. basting every 15 mins.. marinating..etc..it wasn't quite right..
The easiest and most flavorful way to me so far has been this method..
I sauté some French shallots,chopped.. I have fresh garlic on small picks infusing the oil and butter that are sautéeing the 2.. then I add my chicken that I have seasoned generously w/ Herbes De Provence...and a few lavender stems and flowers..
I deglaze w/ white wine..preferably a Vin de Provence~..and add my honey..
I cook the chicken and keep warm on a serving platter in the oven while I reduce the glaze and add a bit more honey..When I plate..I spoon a bit more honey lavender glaze atop w/ a few sprigs and blooms ~
Truth be told..skin on and bone in would be even more delectable..but we ae 99% boneless skinless at the last minute~Regardless..C'est bon!
There is NO doubt in my mind where I am at that very first bite~
Now..IF ONLY I had brought home a few CD's of the artists I heard singing..:( Never live w/ regrets~ If you think..I love that music.. when you see an artist selling his music in an open air foire/ brocante/market~ Do It.