One of my favorite Ostara flavors is lavender. It’s great in sugar cookies, as long as you use a sparing hand. You can also burn it as a lovely incense. To me, the smell and flavor are so reminiscent of the garden season which is to come. Every year I look forward to the green things coming up. We cherish each snowdrop and crocus, and usually at Ostara we are still waiting for the tulip blossoms to emerge. Making flower cookies is my way of welcoming them in!
Here’s my recipe for gluten free lavender cookies:1 c. (2 sticks) butter1 1/2 sugar1 Tbs. molasses2 eggs3 c. gluten free flour mix1. c. garbanzo bean flour1 tsp. salt1 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. baking soda1 or 2 Tsp. ground lavender flowers
The day before make the dough:
The day of cooking making:
Spring Foods you can Grow or Wildcraft:
- Dandelion greens (look for ones in the shade they will be less bitter. Good in salads or cooked)
- Chickweed greens (look for the non-furry variety. Great in salads)
- Alfalfa or Broccoli sprouts (all you need is seeds and a mason jar)
- Microgreens (this is sprouts grown in soil, where you cut off the tops when there are only two leaves)
- Spinach (grows well in the cold weather, you can plant even when there’s still some snow on the ground)
- Dandelion flower fritters, (make sure to cut off all the green parts and only keep the petals)
- Nettle tea
What are your favorite Ostara flavors? I like hard-boiled eggs with greens, lavender cookies, and nettle tea. I hope you enjoy experiencing some of the flavors of spring, too.
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