Ah....Lavender flowers. Wonderful in soap, candles, hand lotion and.........chicken? Yep. I know it sounds weird, but it works. Lavender lends a wonderful note in a symphony of flavors in Herbes de Provence. Herbes de Provence, originated in southern France, is a blend of herbs used in cooking savory dishes. Traditionally, it includes thyme, lavender, savory, fennel and basil. However, there are as many different recipes for Herbes de Provence as there are cooks. This is my recipe, reflecting my personal tastes and what is available where I live. I can't find savory anywhere in my area and my husband doesn't care for fennel that much, so I left those two out.
This blend of herbs is divine in chicken dishes or stirred into rice. I'm working on a chicken recipe that calls for this herb recipe, so I thought I would share it with you now so that I can reference this post. Stay tuned!
Dianne's Herbes de Provence
4 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
3 tablespoons dried oregano leaves
2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container. Use to season chicken, fish, rice or vegetables.