Västerbottensost Cheese and a Swedish Midsummer Menu

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Västerbottensost Cheese and a Swedish Midsummer Menu Today, the 19th of June, is Swedish Midsummer……it marks the start of the summer holidays for most Swedes, as well as weekend of revelry, with Maypole dancing, singing, picking berries and flowers as well as enjoying food with family and friends, always outside, weather permitting.  By way of… 

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Butter Griddled Asparagus with Lemon and Aioli

Butter Griddled Asparagus with Lemon and Aioli

Butter Griddled Asparagus with Lemon and Aioli British asparagus season is between April and June and with just two weeks left in June, I’m grabbing the opportunity to enjoy as much British asparagus as I can. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to buy locally grown Yorkshire asparagus in the farm shop down the road…….as… 

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Serrano wrapped Asparagus with Baby Gem Lettuce, Bronze Fennel, Aioli, Chives and Goat’s Cheese

Serrano wrapped Asparagus with Baby Gem Lettuce, Bronze Fennel, Aioli, Chives and Goat's Cheese

Serrano wrapped Asparagus with Baby Gem Lettuce, Bronze Fennel, Aioli, Chives and Goat’s Cheese British asparagus, a seasonal gem and a culinary treat that I look forward to with anticipation. In my part of the world, namely North Yorkshire, we have numerous asparagus farms, so being able to source locally is not an issue, and as the… 

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Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden with Lots of Picnic Recipes

Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden and Hovis Granary Bread (2)

Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden with Lots of Picnic Recipes Summer is a time for lazing in the garden, taking trips to the seaside, fishing by languid rivers, barbecuing bangers, enjoying fish and chips on the quayside, late night drinks on the terrace and picnics. I don’t have a favourite season really,… 

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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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Baileys Double Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Hazelnuts and Baileys Cream

Bailys Double Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Hazelnuts and Baileys Cream

Baileys Double Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Hazelnuts and Baileys Cream Enter the dessert of your dreams……..Baileys Double Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Hazelnuts and Baileys Cream, a decadent delight that is made with TWO sorts of Baileys Irish Cream, aka Liquid crack! It’s a classic chocolate mousse, notched up with the addition of Baileys Chocolat Luxe and… 

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Great Sandwiches of the World: The Reuben Sandwich

Great Sandwiches of the World: The Reuben Sandwich

  Great Sandwiches of the World: The Reuben Sandwich Reuben sandwich The Reuben sandwich is a hot sandwich composed of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread. Several variants exist. Welcome to a new Lavender and Lovage recipe collection series, “Great Sandwiches of the World”. Every couple of weeks… 

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Easter Weekend Treats, Chocolate, Recipes and Champagne

This year I have decided to go a little “off piste” with my buns, in a manner of speaking! I will be using my old family recipe, as it really is a winner, but, I will be baking these buns in a muffin tray this year, (as you can see from my photos) in the manner of a French Brioche. I decided that we are going to go dainty for Easter tea, with smaller buns that are also a pretty shape; I was going to bake them in some traditional brioche moulds, but as they are vintage moulds, they are considerably smaller than the modern-day silicone moulds, and greed overtook “dainty” on that score!

Easter Weekend Treats, Chocolate, Recipes and Champagne Today is Good Friday and the start of Easter Weekend – it’s a day for Hot Cross Buns and Fish, a traditional meat-free day that I always observe. As we move through Easter weekend towards the joy of Easter Sunday (when Christ is risen) and with an abundance of… 

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A Spring Breakfast Recipe: Shirred Eggs over Kale and Garlic with Espelette

A Spring Breakfast Recipe: Shirred Eggs over Kale and Garlic with Espelette

A Spring Breakfast Recipe: Shirred Eggs over Kale and Garlic with Espelette As most of my readers will know, I keep chickens, and therefore, as a consequence, I always have plenty of eggs at my disposal. My hens are totally free-range and have the full run at the bottom of the garden, underneath the fig, cherry… 

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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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