Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner for July: Peas, Roast Fennel, Cheese Pie and Cherry Cake

Fresh Cherry Loaf Cake

Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner for July: Peas, Roast Fennel, Cheese Pie and Cherry Cake Core ingredients for July: Cheese, Spinach, Peas, Tomatoes, Fennel and Cherries Menu Plan and Recipes for July: Pea and Mint Pesto Roast Fennel, Tomatoes and Onions Cheese, Spinach and Dill Filo Pie Fresh Cherry Loaf Cake Welcome to July’s Thrifty… 

Read More »

Enjoy National Picnic Week with Pies, Pasties, Cakes & Sandwiches! My TOP Picnic Recipes

Smorgastarta - Swedish Sandwich Cake

Enjoy National Picnic Week with Pies, Pasties, Cakes & Sandwiches! My TOP Picnic Recipes This week, between the 16th and 22nd of June marks one of my favourite ways to eat, it’s National Picnic Week! We are a picnic family, it goes right back to my early childhood days in South Africa and Hong Kong,… 

Read More »

Magic Microwave Mug Cakes, Welsh Cakes and Custard Tarts

Traditional Welsh Cakes

Magic Microwave Mug Cakes, Welsh Cakes and Custard Tarts As well as writing and creating recipes for Lavender and Lovage, I also write for several other websites, magazines and publications, and I am a regular contributor for Great British Chefs, a fabulous high quality website that promotes British chefs through their recipes with videos and… 

Read More »

Twelfth Night, Epiphany and Spices! Curried Beef & Apricot Pie with a Salt Glaze Crust Recipe

Twelfth Night, Epiphany and Spices! Curried Beef & Apricot Pie with a Salt Glaze Crust Recipe

Twelfth Night, Epiphany and Spices! Curried Beef & Apricot Pie with a Salt Glaze Crust Recipe Today, the 5th January, is Twelfth Night, not to be confused with Epiphany, which is tomorrow on the 6th January. Traditionally, it’s the day that all the decorations and cards come down, lest you bring bad luck into your home for… 

Read More »

A Countdown to Christmas Recipe: Sugar Frosted Orange & Brandy Mince Pies

A Countdown to Christmas Recipe: Sugar Frosted Orange & Brandy Mince Pies

A Countdown to Christmas Recipe: Sugar Frosted Orange & Brandy Mince Pies Nestled in the pantry amongst all my other tins and trays are two very special pie tins, or patty tins as they are sometimes known; belonging to me now, they were my grandmother’s and I treasure them more than anything else in my… 

Read More »

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust Who doesn’t love  a pie, well we all do in my house and especially when it’s as easy to make as this one is…..it’s essentially a Sunday Roast pie made with the left overs from a few weeks ago, but, it’s also… 

Read More »

Pumpkin, Kale and Walnut Galette with Pancetta and Onion Jam

Pumpkin, Kale and Walnut Galette with Pancetta and Onion Jam

Pumpkin, Kale and Walnut Galette with Pancetta and Onion Jam I love receiving hampers of food, and recently a wonderful hamper arrived for me courtesy of Applewood Cheese, filled to the brim with delicious ingredients, as well as some Applewood spreadable cheese. As you may have guessed, I am taking part on a recipe challenge, hence my hamper full… 

Read More »

The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree: Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe

Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette

The Old Mirabelle Plum Tree: Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe At the bottom left of my French garden there is a beautiful old Mirabelle tree; it was here when we bought the house and every year it gives us kilos and kilos of gorgeous yellow and rosy pink fruit. Diminutive in size it may be compared… 

Read More »

Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner for Organic September: Somerset Pork, Apple Tart and Many More Recipes!

Image: Apple Galette

Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner for Organic September: Somerset Pork, Apple Tart and Many More Recipes! Core Ingredients for September: Pork, Apples, Butternut Squash, Leeks, Cabbage and Oats September Menu: Spiced Roast Butternut Squash Soup Irish Soda Bread with Oats Somerset Pork with Apples Creamed Leek and Cabbage Braise Rustic Apple Galette Welcome to a very… 

Read More »

Flowers and Fools, Peaches and Pies: Easy Late Summertime Recipes…..

Amaretti and Apricot Layered Fool

Flowers and Fools, Peaches and Pies: Easy Late Summertime Recipes….. I have been on holiday for the last week, at home in France, but with a childhood friend and her partner – Sarah and Jim. So, I have not been around as much on Twitter, Facebook or even here, but, I HAVE been cooking up… 

Read More »