I've always had a soft spot for soft colors. Once in a college art class I painted a whole series of eyes in pale pastels and during the class critique my instructor responded with "I despise pastels but I am so drawn to these. I hate that I like this." I wasn't sure how to take that comment and my pale pink cheeks quickly turned beet red in front of a roomful of my classmates.
Since then I've had a cyclical relationship with pastels. Some years I dress in all things blush and then I'll randomly go through an emo black on black phase. I'm not sure what causes the color shift, I assume it's partially trends, seasons and probably a dash of self consciousness. Our relationship with colors can be strange. My little sister once had a nightmare about an olive green vintage bowl of my Mom's and honest to God buried it in the backyard the because it haunted her every time she saw it in the cupboard. She only recently fessed up to the dramatic burial ceremony.
Color psychology has always fascinated me. I believe color memories are as strong and distinct as smell or taste memories. A particular shade of a color has the power to instantly transport you back to another time or place. At 18, my first apartment was heavily decorated in lilacs and lavenders. Everything from the duvet, pillows, curtains, string lights, towels, flower wall hooks, my cordless phone (yes, I'm that old) and even my pajamas were in the lavender family. I may have overdone it and required a long hiatus from the lilac tones, but in recent years I've rediscovered my love for lavender through food and photography. The soft tones photograph beautifully and set off memories of my first apartment, the overgrown lavender bushes outside of our house in Portland and the sweet kiss of a lavender infused Bees Knees cocktail on a hot summer night years ago.
So when the Feedfeed and Le Creuset asked me to host a giveaway featuring LC's freshest colorway, Provence - inspired by the sun-drenched lavender fields of Southern France, I was as giddy as an 18 years old setting up her first apartment. I've been swooning over the Provence collection from Le Creuset and I am so excited to share a share a set of some of my favorite Le Creuset products, valued at over $580, with one lucky winner! (visit my Instagram profile between March 26, 2018 - March 29 2018 for details on how to enter)
When the Le Creuset Provence toned 5 QT. Braiser, 10 ¼" Signature Skillet and set of 3 Mini Cocottes arrived, I immediately knew I wanted to make something in the lemon and lavender family. Then a Lemon Poppy Seed German Pancake with Lavender Syrup baked in that sweet little skillet popped in my mind and I couldn't ignore it. Lemon and lavender just belong together, not only are their colors stunning together but the flavor combo is truly delightful. This Lemon Poppy Seed German Pancake with Lavender Syrup combines flavor, color and texture in a light and lovely pancake that isn't overtly sweet. The fluffy pancake is eggy in a good way, almost like a cross between a crepe and an omelette with a zesty nip of lemon and the slightly nutty crunch of the poppy seeds. The pancake puffs up while it bakes and comes out with golden, lacy edges. The whole deal gets sweetened when the Lemon Poppy Seed German Pancake is sprinkled with powdered sugar and drizzled with the homemade lavender and lemon syrup.
The added bonus is that this Lemon Poppy Seed German Pancake with Lavender Syrup could not be easier to make, you just whizz up the ingredients in a blender, pour them in a skillet with melted butter and let the oven works it's magic. While the homemade lavender syrup isn't 100% necessary, it adds an herby and floral sweetness to the puffy pancake and makes a big batch that can be used in everything from baked goods to cocktails. It's a simple syrup that comes together in minutes and brings a springy freshness to brunch. If the flavors and colors of this Lemon Poppy Seed German Pancake with Lavender Syrup don't already stir up some memories for you, you're bound to make some delicious new memories when you experience the joy of watching the pancake puff up in the oven and the sweetly satisfying moment of sharing a skillet full of spring with someone you love.
FYI, if you are swooning over the new Provence colorway from Le Creuset, be sure to check out my giveaway happening RIGHT NOW over on my Instagram profile. I am giving away the same set of beauty you see below along with my pals over at Le Creuset and The Feedfeed. Hurry over to my Insta page now and sign up to win the set now because the contest closes on April 1, 2018 at 6pm PST. Click here for official rules.Print