I spent a semester in college living in France. More specifically, I spent a semester living in the Provence of France in a tiny little city called Lacoste. It was beautiful, right near the French Alps at the base of Mont Ventoux. My college, the Savannah College of Art and Design, had a little campus in Lacoste. It was an amazing semester.
One of the things I remember most about Lacoste was the over-abundance of lavender. The Provence of France provides a majority of the world’s lavender. There are literally fields upon fields of nothing but lavender. There was lavender in everything, lemonade, cookies, breads, drinks, even satchels you placed in your clothes. Everything smelled of lavender. I really miss it sometimes.
I found cooking lavender this past week while my parents were visiting and I could not help but pick it. Knowing my current quinoa obsession, I decided to experiment and make some lavender lemon quinoa. SO AMAZING! It brings me right back to that semester in Lacoste. Being gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free, it’s totally a no-guilt dish to try. I may have gotten a little photo-happy while making this. It just looks so pretty, I could not help myself.
Makes 2 servings
1 cup quinoa
1/2 tablespoon lavender
Juice from 1/4 of a lemon
Lemon wedge to garnish
1. Cook quinoa according to directions.
2. Add quinoa, lavender, and lemon juice to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
3. Close your eyes and envision being in a field of lavender in the summer.
Nutritional information: 228 calories; 8g protein; 41g carbs; 5g fiber; 2g sugar
Have you ever been to France?