The British use lavender on their closets to keep moths away. I have loftier culinary uses. Last Tuesday's farmers market in Santa Barbara yielded some very fragrant lavender. I used some for a berry shortcake on my show The Inn Crowd (more on that closer to air time).
With the rest I made my lavender creme brulée for an upcoming private dinner party with a Monet theme. Lacking lavender, use vanilla beans instead.
Chef Michael Hutchings