Beautiful Ireland: The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine

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Beautiful Ireland: The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine A visit to Ireland has been on my list for a while now, but to visit Ireland during the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Lit Fest of Food and Wine is a dream come true for a food and travel writer such as myself; last year saw… 

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A Carb-Free Snack: Mexican Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

Mexican Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

A Carb-Free Snack: Mexican Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps Eggs are a staple ingredient in my kitchen, mainly due to the fact that we keep chickens, at the bottom of or garden, and as they are nature’s best fast food package – easy to cook and essential for baking. My chickens have been on and off lay… 

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The Summer Spice Club: Sticky Pulled Chicken Sliders

Schwartz Spice Club, Sandwiches, Chicken, Pulled Chicken, Sliders, BBQ, Sauce, Lavender and Lovage, Karen Burns-Booth

The Summer Spice Club: Sticky Pulled Chicken Sliders Well summer is almost officially here, not so much based on the date, but on the fact that my husband has dragged the barbecue out of its winter hidey hole and is practising like an ancient “Fire God” on his charring skills. Not a day goes by when… 

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The Secret Recipe Club: American Diner style Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Lamb Sausages and Sausage Patties (10)

The Secret Recipe Club: American Diner style Homemade Breakfast Sausage Many years ago I remember driving from Pennsylvania right down to Florida, in an old “fast-back” 1972 yellow Ford Mustang; the brakes were more than dodgy, the gear box was “imaginative” and the journey was pretty arduous when made with just two drivers, who slept in the… 

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My Guest Recipe for Mexican Chicken with Spicy Roots with Marley Spoon

My Guest Recipe for Mexican Chicken with Spicy Roots with Marley Spoon

My Guest Recipe for Mexican Chicken with Spicy Roots with Marley Spoon Who fancies having one of my bespoke recipes being sent to your home to make? With all the ingredients, freshly sourced and already measured for you, along with the recipe card; well, as of today, one of my special recipes is being offered to all Marley… 

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5:2 Diet Recipe: Cauliflower Steaks with Grana Padano Cheese, Olives and Rocket Leaves

5:2 Diet Recipe: Cauliflower Steaks with Grana Padano Cheese, Olives and Rocket Leaves

5:2 Diet Recipe: Cauliflower Steaks with Grana Padano Cheese, Olives and Rocket Leaves With apologies to my regular readers who have been waiting for my latest 5:2 diet recipe, I have created several since my last one was published, Pork & Fennel with Red Wine & Borlotti Beans, but I have just not had the time to share… 

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The Cool Cauliflower Recipe Collection: Linky Party and Blog Hop

Whole Roasted Cauliflower in a Spicy Mexican Sauce

The Cool Cauliflower Recipe Collection: Linky Party and Blog Hop Regular readers of Lavender and Lovage may be aware of my love (bordering on obsession) for cauliflower! I have always loved this humble veg and think it’s a shame that it is much maligned. The obvious favourite meal is, well for me at least, Cauliflower Cheese, that… 

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Rhubarb, Rose & Strawberry Syrup for Cocktails and Cordials

Rhubarb, Rose and Strawberry Syrup

Rhubarb, Rose & Strawberry Syrup for Cocktails and Cordials One of the joys of spring is the promise of rebirth in the garden; apart from the burgeoning buds on all the fruit trees and bushes, the delicate blush blossoms bursting forth under gentle rain and sultry sunshine, there’s more treasure to be discovered, usually under… 

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Holiday Cooking with Ease: France – Provence Beef Casserole

Provence Beef Casserole

Holiday Cooking with Ease: – France – Provence Beef Casserole Cooking on self-catering holidays can be a strain, after all, it IS a holiday and sometimes cooking in a strange and unfamiliar kitchen (and country) can be difficult. So, when I was asked by HouseTrip to create some recipes that would be suitable for a family… 

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Giveaway: Win a Case of Wines with WineTrust100 (RRP: £135)

Giveaway: Win a Case of Wines with Wine Trust 100 (RRP:£135)

Giveaway: Win a Case of Wines with WineTrust100 (RRP: £135) Calling all wine lovers, today’s giveaway is one I would LOVE to win, a case of 12 wines worth £135 and delivered to your door by WineTrust100. The prize comprises: Masters of Wine Around the World Selection RRP: £135 France – Capmartin white Bordeaux Spain… 

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