Outside the kitchen window are lots of lavender bushes, which lent a very few of their flowers to make this chutney which I then took back to Meadowbank a couple of weeks later for another party who were staying there. Lavender is so strong you don't need much at all - just 20 flowers for this. This is in fact supposed to be a secret recipe, but I suddenly needed the chutney for the next day, and Delia at Dove Cottage (who normally makes it) was busy, so I somehow managed to get the recipe instead, and you know I can't keep recipes all to myself......
20 lavender flowers
2 tsp mustard seeds
3 onions finely chopped
50g sultanas (I only had raisins so used those)
1 tsp cinnamon
500g (caster) sugar
White wine vinegar to taste
Cut the lemons into small shreds (rind and everything). Soak in vinegar overnight in the fridge. Next day boil all those ingredients up and let it simmer till the liquid has reduced to, and the chutney resembles a jam consistency.
----------I love chutneys - they're so easy to make, but so delicious. I actually left it to recuce for too long and it set like toffee, so I just added a little hot water and let it down to the right consistency.