Strike a pose!   Today we are Vogue-ing back to 1989 with part two of our look into the October / November 1989 edition of Vogue Entertaining.  And taking inspiration from the cover, today’s recipes all come from an article called Lavender’s Coup which mostly features those flowers as a key ingredient.  In fact they all did except for one random recipe for strawberry sorbet. 

lavender-sparkling-rose-mustard2My front garden is full of lavender and at the moment it looks glorious!  We are also in no danger of colony collapse disorder here because the garden is also full of bees. Kinda dangerous for me because I am highly allergic to stings  but thus far we are respecting each others’ space. 

lavenderProvençal Leg Of Lamb

This is not so much a recipe as a suggestion by Vogue Entertaining:

“Instead of inserting the usual garlic or rosemary into your leg of lamb before roasting try lavender instead.  Pat about 1 small handful or 2 level tablespoons of dried English Lavender all over the roast.  Season and bake as usual. 

The lavender will not flavour the meat strongly but with a lovely subtle herby taste and the perfume of the lavender will permeate the kitchen from your oven.”

I added some lavender to my usual rosemary and garlic for a roast leg of lamb and the result was divine.  The flavour was exactly as promised however no I think Vogue Entertaining may have been waxing lyrical with the lavender scent permeating the kitchen.  There was precisely none of that.  There was however the equally delightful aroma of roasting lamb so no harm done!

lavender-lambI went slightly Middle Eastern with my sides which were a roasted pumpkin salad with, feta, walnuts and roasted red onion and some sautéed broad beans and mushrooms with a tahini yogurt dressing.  The broad beans were also home-grown just not by me – they came direct from my bosses garden.  

lavender-lamb3Lavender and Sparkling Rosé Mustard

The original recipe for this mustard contained white wine.  I had some sparkling rose in the fridge and decided to use that instead and the result was lovely.  The mustard is both sweet and spicy, the ginger and cloves add depth and warmth, it’s loaded with herbs to keep it light and fresh. 


Slather  this liberally all over your favourite ham sandwich, over a chicken before it goes in for roasting or whip up a Croque Monsieur or use where ever else you would use mustard!


Lavender and Sparkling Rosé Mustard
A delicious and versatile mustard
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  1. 50g yellow mustard seeds
  2. 50g black mustard seeds
  3. 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  4. 1/2 tbsp fresh tarragon
  5. 1//2 tbsp fresh thyme
  6. 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  7. 2 cloves garlic
  8. 2 tsp chopped ginger
  9. 11/2 tbsp honey
  10. 1 tbsp salt
  11. 3/4 cup sparkling rose
  12. 1/3 cup olive oil
  13. 1 tbsp dried English Lavender flowers
  1. Combine the mustard seeds, cloves, tarragon, thyme, parsley, ginger, garlic, honey and salt in a blender.
  2. Process until all the ingredients are finely chopped.
  3. With the motor running, add the sparkling rose and oil.
  4. Remove to a bowl, cover and stand at least 8 hours.
  5. Add the lavender and stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
  6. If you prefer a smoother mustard, blend a second time.
Adapted from Vogue Entertaining October / November 1989
Adapted from Vogue Entertaining October / November 1989
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