Hello, Monday! It's a new week and Elgin Harvest will be bringing you five more holiday temptations to continue on with the 15 Days of Elgin Christmas. Using as many local ingredients as possible, each day we feature one local artisan food product from Elgin County and use it in a chef prepared dish. From sweet to savoury, from appetizer to dessert, our region is speckled with delicious culinary gems just waiting to be discovered and devoured. Inspired by local food ambassador Lynn Ogryzlo's Holiday Challenge, we hope our posts entice you to spend just 10% of your holiday budget on edible artisan products from within the community. If you would like to order the treats featured (or anything from our Holiday Baking List), our contact information can be found here.
For Day #6, we've made another traditional holiday favourite cookie --shortbread-- and married it with a soothing blend of organic tea from Wildflowers Tea in St. Thomas, Ontario. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays approaching, it's important to stay calm, and that's the blend we've used to make Lavender shortbread cookies glazed with lemon icing. "Calm" tea blend uses a lovely combination of lavender, nettle, skullcap and lemon balm to create an incredibly balanced and soothing herbal infusion. To flavour the biscuits, the tea is powdered and baked into tender, buttery cookies. Each finger is then glazed and sprinkled with dried lavender flowers (from my backyard).
Lavender Mint Shortbread
From Wildflowers Website:
Wildflowers Tea is as natural as it gets — straight from the earth to your tea cup. Our exclusive herbal teas set you on a journey to achieve harmony between mind, body, and soul. Our infusions are made locally with organic herbs, roots, spices, and other parts of plants, which means there is no caffeine or additives. Each blend is carefully crafted with specific needs in mind, creating a satisfying cup that may be beneficial to your health and well-being.
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View your copy of Elgin Harvest's 2012 Baking List here.
Eating. Drinking. Sharing.