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French Lavender Whipped Coffee

April 7, 2020

A Little Background on Whipped (Dalgona) Coffee

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have seen the whipped coffee (Dalgona coffee) trend circulating around the internet and social media. And for good reason! Who doesn’t love coffee, and on top of that, it’s so aesthetically pleasing it’s hard to not jump on board.

Even though this whipped iced coffee drink originated in India, its most recent bout of fame was prompted by a video shared by a South Korean actor. He tried the drink at a cafe and said it reminded him of the Korean “Dalgona” candy, a honeycomb toffee. When the video started circulating, people worked on their own homemade versions. Enter a global pandemic where people are stuck and home and the #dalgonacoffeechallenge was born!

As a coffee lover, I was eager to try the trend and I was not disappointed. The coffee drink is EASY & fun to make and…it actually tastes really good!

Another one of my weaknesses is lavender. I LOVE the scent of lavender and when it’s done right, incorporating it into food. A local cafe I love does a lavender flavored latte, and the flavor combo of coffee, cream and a hint of floral is perfect.

So I thought…why not incorporate a hint of lavender into this nouveau famous beverage?

How to Make Lavender Whipped Coffee

There are two parts to this process: the homemade lavender simple syrup and the Dalgona coffee itself. One key to making an amazing whipped coffee drink is the ingredients. For the instant coffee component, I used Ferrara Instant Espresso Coffee, which I liked. (My friend made the recipe with a lower cost/quality brand and said the flavor was reminiscent of soy sauce! So I tried to avoid that.)

I used dried lavender for my recipe and ordered culinary grade organic French Lavender.

The ratio for the whipped coffee is always 1:1:1. Most sources say for 1 serving you use 2 tablespoons of each ingredient. You can multiply and divide as needed for more or less servings. For the lavender simple syrup, it’s 1 cup of water to 1 cup of sugar and then 1 tablespoon of lavender.

You can make the syrup first to let it cool while you work on the coffee. I use an electric mixer to whip my coffee, sugar and hot water, which I would definitely recommend. The process takes a while even without doing it by hand, and I like mine to be really light and fluffy! The finished consistency and color of the whipped coffee remind me of the “Frosty” drink from the American fast-food chain Wendy’s.

For the milk component, I like to use unsweetened almond milk but you can use any dairy (or non-dairy) of choice. Keep in mind that both the lavender syrup and the coffee have quite a bit of sugar, so if you are using non-dairy milk I would opt for the unsweetened version.

You can whisk the milk and lavender syrup together in a separate bowl, before adding it to a glass with ice. Spoon your whipped coffee on top and Voila! You have yourself a trendy & delicious whipped coffee with flavors inspired by the South of France.

French Lavender Whipped Coffee

 

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I hope you enjoyed your lavender whipped coffee! For more inspiration about bringing the flavors of Provence home with you, check out my post: How to Bring the Southern French Lifestyle Home with You.

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How to Bring the Southern French Lifestyle Home With You

March 30, 2020

So, you’ve visited the South of France and now you can’t imagine living anywhere else? I can relate! From the first time I went to Provence I was enamored with the charming towns, gorgeous nature and that laid back southern French lifestyle. Freshly baked baguettes every day? Oui. 2+ hour lunches? Oui. Rosé? OUI!

I’ve since gone back many times and every time I fall a little bit more in love. But, if you’re like me, you can’t simply pick up and move to the South of France permanently (a girl can dream though, right?). I do however have some ideas to bring that southern French lifestyle home with you so you can feel like you are in Provence no matter where in the world you are.

the baguette, an essential part of french lifestyle

How to Bring the Southern French Lifestyle Home With You

Visit Your Local Farmers Markets

The local daily marches, or markets, are an essential part of the French lifestyle. Instead of heading to the mega grocery store chain and stocking up a week’s worth of food, many French choose to walk to their local outdoor market every day to get fresh and seasonal produce, meat, fish and fresh flowers.

While at home, you can visit your local farmer’s market to have a similar experience. It’s more pleasant than going to a regular supermarket, and you are also supporting local farmers, bakers, and artisans.

fruits at the market, an essential part of french lifestyle

Adapt Your Home Decor to the Southern French Lifestyle

One word that springs to mind when I think about Provence is “color.” The Provençal color palette is sunny and vibrant, with earth tones and accents from the surrounding nature. Bright yellow is the star of the show, along with baby blue, ochre, peach, mint green, lavender, and soft pink.

the color palette of provence, an essential part of french lifestyle
A perfect example of the Provence Pallette

If you’re not ready to totally re-do your house in a “French country theme” there are little accents you can add to bring in these pops of bright. The South of France inspired painters like Monet, Cezanne, and Van Gogh, and adding any of their works to your wall will help bring in this palette. Fresh flowers and indoor plants are also a great way to Frenchify your interior, especially if purchased at a local market!

The Provence interior often has rustic elements like stone walls and exposed beams, which are accented with modern touches. Antique and rustic farmhouse style furniture also adds a Provençal touch, or giving your existing furniture a distressed “shabby chic” makeover. Porcelain and ceramic accents (typically painted in the Provençal palette) are great ways to add color pops. Traditional textiles from the region, including bright table linens are are also a great way to bring in that color. You can pick some up at the market on your next trip to Provence, or buy online. Here are some beautiful options I found below:

french lifestyle table cloth from williams sonoma
french lifestyle table cloth from amazon

Get Really Good at Entertaining

The French love to entertain and gather in the home! When you visit a French person’s house, you will literally want for nothing. A huge element of the French lifestyle is entertaining guests, and they have really mastered it.

One secret to this is preparing things in advance. Do as much prep as you can before your guests arrive so you can really enjoy conversing with them and spend less time in the kitchen while they are over. Set the scene with fresh flowers and simple yet elegant table decor. Light candles. Leave nothing in packaging and serve everything in decorative bowls or platters. Serve French wine and French cheese.

As I will go over below, the typical French meal is a lengthy affair, and you want to make your guests feel welcome to linger over their food and/or drinks. Make sure they always have something to drink if they want by subtly refilling their glass or offering them options. Don’t rush to clear everything immediately and let people pause and relax between courses.

glasses of rose wine, an essential part of french lifestyle

Linger Over Your Meal

Perhaps my favorite thing about dining in the South of France is the way that they really sit, savor and enjoy mealtime. In America, it’s often rushed, with an emphasis on “to go” because we are always so busy. The French lifestyle really about taking it slow and enjoying all aspects of life, and a big part of that for them is cuisine!

The French meal starts with an aperitif, which I suggest adding to your routine immediately. An aperitif is a “before dinner (or lunch) drink.” If you are in the South of France it’s typically Pastis (a licorice-flavored liquor from Marseille), a Kir or Kir Royale (white wine or Champagne mixed with Creme de Cassis Liquor), or fortified sweet wine or vermouth. The aperitif is served with a few small snacks like olives, nuts or chips.

an essential part of french lifestyle

Moving on to the meal, each course is served separately. The meal starts with appetizers, followed by the main course which is typically meat or fish with vegetables. The French, in contrast with how we do it in the US, typically serve the salad course AFTER the main course.

Then comes the cheese course, dessert, coffee, and sometimes an after-dinner drink. Make sure to have plenty of fresh bread, in baguette form. Wine is obviously served throughout.

cheese and baguette, an essential part of french lifestyle

A Few Typical Provençal Appetizers:

  • Tapenade or anchoïade on Toasts
  • Radishes served with salt + butter
  • Ratatouille
  • Charcuterie

A Few Typical Provençal Mains:

  • Bouillabaisse
  • Sea Bass with Vegetables
  • Lamb or Beef Stew

Find more inspiration here!

tapenade, an essential part of french lifestyle
Bouillabaisse, a typical southern french lifestyle meal

Change Your Tunes

Nothing sets the mood like a little bit of French music! Whether you’re throwing a little dinner party, having friends over for aperitif or just hanging out in your Maison, a great French playlist will have you daydreaming of sun-drenched lavender fields and drinking wine alfresco at a cute cafe.

Classics I like to listen to are Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Yves Montand, Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens, and Françoise Hardy. For a newer, chill vibe, Carla Bruni is also a great choice.

Here are some of my favorite Spotify playlists that will transport you back to France without leaving your living room:

Pamper Yourself with French Products

The South of France is known for its perfumes and soaps, so one great way to bring the French lifestyle home is to pamper yourselves with French-made products and scents!

An easy and affordable way to make your home life a little more French is to stock up on French soaps. “Savon de Marseille” is known worldwide and can be purchased for as little as 1 euro at the markets in Provence, so I usually stock up and bring a bunch back with me. I love putting them in my bathroom – it adds a nice little touch for guests. You can also buy them online here.

L’Occitane en Provence, while popular in the USA is also very authentically Provençal, with its headquarters in Manosque, France. Their products and scents will bring you right back to the lavender and sunflower fields of the South of France. Durance de Provence is another fragrance company from the South of France that you can incorporate into your decor and lifestyle.

If all else fails, a lavender-scented candle is an easy way to transport yourself to the fields of Provence!

savon de marseille soap, a french lifestyle product you can use at home

Ready to stop dreaming and plan your trip to Provence? Check out my guides for Visiting Provence in Autumn and My Favorite Spots in Provence

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