"In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful."
~Abram L. Urban
Among my other dreams, one was of having a garden of my own. Nothing fancy shmancy -just few plants, some to admire and some to delightfully pluck/snap with my scissors to enhance my palatable senses a notch more! It sure was a day dream! How many times have I spoken to myself, like a chef does; How many times have I gawked at Ina Garten and Paula Deen while they fancied a walk to their Garden to get those "herbs" for dinner/lunch; how many times have I signed! But I always put the thought of, thinking I will start "gardening" or even "potting plants" when I get the "time" to do so...Imagine the hassle while moving places..having the need to water and so many mundane excuses!!!!!. But well, I think my inaudible(!! or I hope so) signs were noticed by DH who sprung a surprise recently when he came back from work! I should have guessed he was upto something when he "started a conversation" on his own about spices on the phone! My eyebrows mirrored my suspicion but I let pass since I really couldnt decipher his actions. He walked in with 2 potted plants, Basil ( which is a spice for him by the way!!) and yellow mum flowers! I actually did a samba right then! (oh right! My version of it that is :) ))
He sure knows me! Knows me too well for my own good! Otherwise how would you explain my visit to the nursery the very next day to get few more :). I had to get fertilizers and stuff but one visit to that place - I was like a child in a chocolate land! Got some herbs and lavender and here I am with a Dessert which is my entry to Grow Your Own(finally!!!! Yipee).
This is a fantastic dessert recipe which I had been eyeing for so long which I saw in a Detox Book (courtesey Barnes n Nobles) and now that I had my own lavender, I set on to make it pronto. I wanted to make it eggless, so adapted the recipe and skipped one egg white which was in the recipe. Do include if you wish to.
Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring it to a slight boil until all the sugar has melted. Remove and cool slightly and add the lavender flowers. At this point, taste the syrup and add more flowers if needed.Let it infuse for at least an hour. Hull the strawberries and slice them
Puree the strawberry in a blender and then strain it along with the syrup with lavender.
Freeze for 4 hours and then remove. Beat it in a processor until smooth and then place it back in the freezer for another 4 hours, or until firm. Then scoop out and serve immedietely.