Mother Earth Living

The Frugal Foodie: Honey Lemon-Lavender Teaspoons

Excerpted with permission from The Frugal Foodie Cookbook by Lara Starr with Lynette Shirk
April/May 2010
Add to My MSN

Photography by Howard Lee Puckett; Styling by Virginia Cravens-Houston and Judy Feagin


Content Tools

Related Content

17 Uses for Lemons

Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and...

Love Your Basil: Lemon Basil

When she thinks of summer, our guest blogger, Ramona Werst, thinks of lemonade. Learn how to grow an...

Honeybee Research: The Mighty Caterpillar Defender

Honeybees are the best of friends for blooming fruit trees flowers, and herbs, such as apricot, cher...

Worker B Returns to Raw Honey

Worker B is returning to their beekeeping roots and adding raw honey to their collection of products...

Makes 20 spoons

Scour thrift stores and yard sales for pretty silver teaspoons and demitasse spoons.

• 1⁄3 cup boiling water
• 1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms
• ½ cup honey
• 2 cups sugar
• 1 tablespoon white vinegar
• Peel of 1 lemon, cut into 1⁄4-inch strips (yellow part only, no white pith)
• 20 spoons
• Fresh lavender sprigs and blossoms, for garnish

1. Pour boiling water over lavender; cover and steep 5 minutes. Pour liquid through a wire-mesh strainer into a glass measuring cup, reserving 1⁄4 cup liquid; discard lavender.

2. Place lavender-flavored water, honey, sugar, vinegar and lemon peel in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. Brush the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush when sugar crystals form. Boil until the candy reaches the hard-crack stage (when a drop of the molten candy in a glass of cold water gets hard instantly or a candy thermometer reads 275 degrees), 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let the candy cool for 5 minutes.

3. Lay a sheet of aluminum foil on the counter, and place a wooden spoon in the middle.

4. Dip a spoon in the candy, moving it around to fill most of the spoon’s bowl with the candy. Set the spoon down on the foil, resting its handle on the handle of the wooden spoon to keep the candy in the bowl of the spoon. Let cool completely.

5. Wrap the bowl of the spoon in plastic wrap or cellophane, and tie with twine and a fresh lavender sprig and blossom, if desired. Spoons can be stirred into hot tea or even hot water to make a sweet, soothing treat.


Lara Starr and Lynette Shirk’s book, The Frugal Foodie Cookbook: Waste-Not Recipes for the Wise Cook (Viva Editions), was released in September 2009. 

Click here for the main article,  The Frugal Foodie: 8 Recipes .








Post a comment below.

 


MY COMMUNITY
no image
valerykenery
8/29/2014 12:04:10 AM
no image
HarvestRight
8/21/2014 5:22:39 PM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 10:03:07 AM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 9:59:22 AM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 9:30:07 AM
no image
melisastarr
8/19/2014 12:57:22 PM
no image
Peggy McMahan
8/18/2014 11:29:51 AM
no image
lorina21
8/17/2014 10:16:45 PM






Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.