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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Celebrate “VE Day” with Potato Pete and an Authentic WWII Recipe: “Whit Salad”

WWII, Ration Book Recipes, Potato Pete, VE Day, VE Day 2015, Whit Salad, Lavender and Lovage, Karen Burns-Booth, Potatoes, Mock Eggs

Celebrate “VE Day” with Potato Pete and an Authentic WWII Recipe: “Whit Salad” Friday the 8th May is VE Day – Victory in Europe Day, and this year, 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of war in Europe. The occasion will be commemorated with events across the UK, including the lighting of over 100… 

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Dead Posh Beef Lasagne with Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

Dead Posh Beef Lasagne with Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

Dead Posh Beef Lasagne with Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce I do love a big tray of lasagne, it’s one of our favourite meals at Chez Lavender and Lovage, and as well as being a favourite with all the family, it freezes well too, making it cost-effective. So, when I received a HUGE hamper full of… 

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Pork & Fennel with Red Wine & Borlotti Beans for Canned Food Week (5:2 Diet)

PORK & FENNEL WITH RED WINE & BORLOTTI BEANS

Pork & Fennel with Red Wine & Borlotti Beans for Canned Food Week (5:2 Diet) Today, Easter Sunday, may not be the time to talk about “canned food” (tinned food), but in fact we enjoyed a big bowl of Italian Pork, Fennel & Barlotti Bean Casserole for lunch today, made with tinned ingredients, with a glass of… 

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A Vegetarian Light Lunch: Three Cheese and Swiss Chard Pasta Bake Cake

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A Vegetarian Light Lunch: Three Cheese and Swiss Chard Pasta Bake Cake As the mornings get lighter, and my trip down to the hen-house gets earlier, I am want to muse on the changing seasons and the promise of spring; the melodious song of the resident blackbird accompanies me on my walk to the bottom of… 

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St Patrick’s Day Feast: Soda Bread, Ulster Fry & Salt Beef with Champ

Soda Bread

St Patrick’s Day Feast: Soda Bread, Ulster Fry & Salt Beef with Champ St Patrick’s Day is just under a week away now, and although I’m not Irish, I welcome the opportunity to cook Irish food for my friends and family. There’s something very honest and wholesome about traditional Irish fare, and so when Ocado contacted… 

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Ski Chalet Supper: Tartiflette Savoyarde with Reblochon Cheese

Ski Chalet Supper: Tartiflette Savoyarde with Reblochon Cheese

Ski Chalet Supper: Tartiflette Savoyarde with Reblochon Cheese Tartiflette, a baked gratin of potatoes, onions (or shallots), lardons (bacon), wine, cream and cheese, a staple of all ski lodge or chalet suppers, and a big favourite in our household; the dish originates from the Savoy (Savoie) region of France, famous for its skiing resorts, hosting the… 

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A Sunday Roast with Heston Blumenthal: Roast Leg of Lamb with Anchovy, Rosemary and Garlic

Oven Pride Roast Dinner

A Sunday Roast with Heston Blumenthal: Roast Leg of Lamb with Anchovy, Rosemary and Garlic I love a proper Sunday Roast dinner and I try to cook one for all my family (and friends) at least two or three times a month; so, when Oven Pride contacted me to ask if I would like to… 

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A Small Christmas Dinner: Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast and Sausage Stuffing Loaf

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

A Small Christmas Dinner: Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast and Sausage Stuffing Loaf Picture the scene, a long table laden with food, the pride of place going to a glossy, bronzed roast turkey surrounded by discarded paper hats, golden roast potatoes, sprouts, honey roast parsnips and ruby-red spiced cabbage; happy, smiling faces of all ages look on at the feast… 

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The Great Potato Debate and Sticky Christmas Marmalade Chicken Recipe

The Great Potato Debate and Sticky Christmas Marmalade Chicken Recipe

The Great Potato Debate and Sticky Christmas Marmalade Chicken Recipe And so the great potato debate started…….I, the cook, and therefore more knowledgeable about yesterday’s luncheon dish, wanted mashed potatoes, he, the mere diner and other resident of the Lavender and Lovage household, was adamant that he wanted baked potatoes; we battled it out for at least ten minutes,… 

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