Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lavender and Pink Peppercorns

I love the reactions that lavender and pink peppercorns evoke out of the general public.  I have used both to flavor and adorn foods. 
I often pare lavender with my honey creme sauce to add a soft, floral scent for the nose before the silkiness of the honey touches the tonque.  It's a very sensual paring that creates a sense of well-being. (Lavender is often used to infuse baths; creating a sense of calm.)
The pick peppercorn, not of the pepper plant, is best used as a pretty garnish for dishes that might need a little color. . .like a period at the end of the sentence.
My favorite use of them is for a dish of pork medallions with a simple cream sauce.  It's a light dish and only requires a few of the pretty little buds.
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