Put the cheese in a sealable 2-cup jar. Add the thyme, garlic, pepper, lavender, and salt, and top with oil to cover completely. Cover tightly with a lid. Let stand for 48 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
When ready to serve, bring the cheese to room temperature. Transfer to a platter or plates and garnish, if desired, with edible flowers or herbs. Serve with homemade croutons or crackers, or crumbled into salads.
Makes 4 servings
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Place the bread slices on a baking sheet and brush one side of each slice with the olive oil, then lightly season with the salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes, or until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool before handling or serving.
Makes about 12 to 20 croutons