Lilac Sugar

by Daniel Valko

      Every year around this time something new and different comes along in my life. For example last year it was starting this blog. And now this year it's graduating high school and starting the next chapter of my life. I have only till June, and what I've been doing every day for the past 13 years will come to an end. To be honest I don't really know my true feeling about ending high school. Part of me wishes I had one more year to figure out what I truly want to do with my life. Don't get me wrong, I know I want to work with food but there are so many questions left unanswered. Like what culinary school to attend, or where to start this journey? How to  achieve the goals I set?

      New seasons come and go, but the smells and feelings of spring have always stayed the same. One of them is the amazing smell of lilacs. These little purple flowers grow almost everywhere. And are truly the essential smell of spring. 



How to make it : 

      Making lilac sugar is very easy and simple, just layer the lilac petals in a mason jar. Along with granulated sugar, how much you need will depend on how big your mason jar is. Place the closed jar in a dark dry place. Every day gently shake the jar to mix the sugar. After the sugar is dry (this may take about a week or more) sift the sugar using a mesh strainer, to separate the dried lilac petals from the flavored sugar. This may take some time, so use a spoon. Lilac sugar can be used in tea or baking. Or any other creative use you can come up with. I personally love it in a cup of camomile tea. 

( This post was inspired by the amazing Linda Lomelino and her blog Call Me Cupcake )