Backyard Lavender-Fried Rabbit with Romano Beans and Yellow Carrots
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Heat olive oil in a large, (straight-sided) sautoir pan over high heat. Season rabbit pieces with salt and pepper; sear on both sides until browned, about 10 minutes. Remove rabbit and set aside. In same pan, brown celery, carrots, and onion, about 5 minutes. Add bay leaves, peppercorns, lavender, thyme, Riesling, and return rabbit to pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes. Add stock, cover, and place in oven, braising until tender and falling off the bone, about 1 hour. Remove rabbit and set aside. Strain braising liquid and discard solids. Return rabbit and braising liquid to pan and cool.
Preheat deep fryer with peanut oil to 350ºF. Blend panko with lavender and thyme and set aside in a bowl or dish; put flour and buttermilk each in a bowl or dish, as well. Remove rabbit from braising liquid and let drain a bit (reserve braising liquid); toss pieces in flour, coat in buttermilk, and then dredge in panko to cover. Fry until golden, about 4 minutes. Let drain on paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
In a large sauté pan on high heat, bring 2 cups of rabbit braising liquid to a simmer and add romano beans and carrots; cook until beans and carrots are tender, about 3 minutes Whisk butter into sauce and season with salt and pepper.
Spoon pile of mashed potato onto plate, add carrots and beans, and drizzle with braising liquid. Top with pieces of fried rabbit and garnish with lavender.