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Chicken with Lavender and Lemon Sauce

2 chicken breasts

300ml chicken stock

10 drops Lavender essence or 1tsp Lavender flowers

10g butter

1 shallot, finely chopped

2 level teaspoons plain flour

3 tablespoons double cream

salt and pepper

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

fresh lavender flowers to garnish

Place the stock and Lavender essence in a saucepan and bring to boil. Add the chicken breasts and return to boil and poach for 12-14 minutes untill chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken toa dish and keep warm while making the sauce/. Pour the stock into  jug.

Melt the butter in the pan and soften the shallot for 3 minutes. Sprinkle on the flour and stir to mix.

Gradually add the stock and stire while bringing to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes then add the cream, salt and pepper. Simmer for a few minutes . Add the lemon juice and season to taste.

Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve with newpotatoes and perhaps mange tout or sugar snap peas.