Lavender is thought to have come to our shores with the Romans who used it to scent the water for their extensive bathing rituals, and it has long been used both as a perfume and for its natural medicinal properties, but it is also a flower with a long association with romantic love. In Elizabethan times it found its way into the wedding bouquet to bring luck in marriage and Tudor maidens would hopefully sip a brew of lavender tea on St Luke’s Day (October 18th) chanting, “St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me. In my dreams, let me my true love see.” So what could be better on St Valentine’s Day than a heart shaped buttery biscuit, flavoured with this fragrant herb, served up with a nice cup of tea? The smell of these cooking is amazing – the scent of the garden on a warm summer’s evening wafting gently through the house and drawing people irresistibly to the kitchen, perfect!