“Smorgastarta” (Swedish Savoury Sandwich Gateau) for National Sandwich Day

"Smorgastarta" (Swedish Savoury Sandwich Gateau)

“Smorgastarta” (Swedish Savoury Sandwich Gateau) for National Sandwich Day November seems a funny time of the year to be celebrating National Sandwich Day, but as an avid sandwich lover I am keen to participate in this day of crusty bread and enticing fillings! We, in the UK, have already marked British Sandwich Week in May,… 

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Loaded Potato Crustless Quiche with Bacon, Cheese & Onions

Loaded Potato Crustless Quiche

Loaded Potato Crustless Quiche with Bacon, Cheese & Onions By the time you read this, I will be snoozing on the TGV on my way up to Lille to catch the Eurostar back to the UK……..but, all is well, as I will still be benefiting from an extra hour in bed, as the clocks went… 

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A Show-stopping Chocolate Cherry Cake for Chocolate Week!

A Show-stopping Chocolate Cherry Cake for Chocolate Week!

A Show-stopping Chocolate Cherry Cake for Chocolate Week! There is nothing as nice as a BIG home-made chocolate cake on the tea time-table and although I am primarily a savoury person (cheese, bread and pies are my downfall) I do love a slice of chocolate cake now and then.  And, as it is Chocolate Week… 

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British Egg Week & Egg-Cellent Recipes: 5:2 Diet Egg, Artichoke and Salmon Salad

Egg, Artichoke and Salmon Salad (5:2 Diet)

British Egg Week & Egg-Cellent Recipes: 5:2 Diet Egg, Artichoke and Salmon Salad This weeks marks British Egg Week, and as a “chicken mother”, I am a bit of an egg addict! I have three hens, Mavis who is a Black Rock, Gertie is a Bluebell and Blanche is a Sussex Light; they lay three eggs… 

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Secret Recipe Club: Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches with Ham, Eggs and Cheese

Secret Recipe Club: Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches with Ham, Eggs and Cheese

Secret Recipe Club: Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches with Ham, Eggs and Cheese Here we are again, another reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club……..and this month I have a fabulous recipe for all those people who say they don’t have time to eat breakfast, Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches with Ham, Eggs and Cheese, easy to make and… 

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Midweek Roast Chicken Dinner, Cider & Onion Soup with Cheese Croutons and PIE!

Family Chicken Roast

Midweek Roast Chicken Dinner, Cider & Onion Soup with Cheese Croutons and PIE! I can’t believe that we are into the second week of September now, and although autumn is nipping at my heels, the days remain warm and sunny, but, I did see the first leaf fall off the walnut tree in my garden yesterday… 

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Sel la Vie Tomatoes and Twice Baked Potato, Cheese and Bacon Gratin

Twice Baked Potato, Cheese and Bacon Gratin

Sel la Vie Tomatoes and Twice Baked Potato, Cheese and Bacon Gratin This last week has been a glorious late summer holiday, with my daughter visiting, and the weather in SW France being positively balmy with temperatures in the late 20’s and clear azure skies, it’s been like the late birthday gift you never expected, and… 

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Delia Smith visits my Kitchen! Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundae AND Swan Ice Cream Maker Giveaway

Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundae

Delia Smith visits my Kitchen! Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundae AND Swan Ice Cream Maker Giveaway Oh how I wish Delia, aka Saint Delia, would visit my kitchen, but I am afraid my title has been somewhat misleading and her only presence in my kitchen was via one of her  cooking bibles, books! This is my slightly adapted… 

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The Moose is Loose! Newfoundland Toutons with Butter & Maple Syrup Butter

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The Moose is Loose! Newfoundland Toutons with Butter & Maple Syrup Butter I love bread, and I also love butter and maple syrup as well as pancakes, so when all of these ingredients come together in a fabulous breakfast, brunch or snack dish, I am a very happy and well-fed bunny! Regular readers of Lavender… 

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Cheese, Chillies & Wine: Baked Camembert in a Box with Chilli Pepper Jelly (Recipe)

Baked Camembert with Stokes Chilli Yellow Pepper Jelly

Cheese, Chillies & Wine: Baked Camembert in a Box with Chilli Pepper Jelly (Recipe) Autumn is nipping at my heels as I write this……I can smell it in the air and the mornings and evenings are definitely cooler with gentle mists creeping into the village. There’s the perfumed scent of apple wood fires, from my immediate… 

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