You will never want vanilla ice cream again.
Lavender Ice Cream
a posie of lavender in flower (5-10g)
2 c. skim milk (for a richer and somewhat softer ice cream, use whole milk; if whole milk makes you panic but skim milk makes you sad, use 1% or 2%... one way or another, this is a hell of a good ice cream)
175 g clover syrup (or use honey)
3 egg yolks (fresh eggs from happy chickens are best)
1 c. whipping cream
Pull flowers from lavender stalks and set aside.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine milk and remaining lavender (stems and all). Heat on medium setting, stirring regularly, until bubbles form on the edges of the pan. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for about 20 minutes to let the lavender flavour infuse the milk.
Beat clover syrup together with egg yolks in a heat-proof bowl. Slowly pour milk and lavender into egg mixture, stirring quickly as you go. Pour this mixture back into the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. This takes about 10 minutes over medium (erring slightly on the low side) heat. If you overcook, the custard will begin to separate.
Pour the custard through a sieve (to remove lavender) into a heat proof bowl, lay waxed paper over the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours, preferably overnight... you want this as cold as possible without being frozen.
In a large chilled mixing bowl, whip cream until doubled in volume and soft peaks form. Shift the whipping cream to one side of the bowl, pour the custard into the other side, then fold together. This does not need to be absolutely thoroughly combined since your ice cream maker will do some of that work for you. Try to not lose whipped cream volume when combining. Chill mixture. Freeze in ice cream maker following manufacturer's instructions. Fold lavender flowers into ice cream to provide a few flecks of purple colour.
If you don't have an ice cream maker, pour into a freeze-able container, stir in the lavender flowers, and stick in the freezer. Every hour or so, scrape down the edges and gently fold the frozen part into the rest of the mixture. Keep doing this until properly frozen.
Lavender from the garden, syrup made from wild flowers that are walking distance from the house, milk products from Newfoundland dairies. And the prettiest eggs around, from happy chickens that live a short drive away (some good eggs were purchased from Some Good Market). If you notice in the photo, we need this ice cream: it's so hot even the eggs are sweating.