Västerbottensost Cheese and a Swedish Midsummer Menu

Västerbottensost Paj

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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Switch the Fish – One Tray Oven Baked Hake and Chips

Baked Hake and Chips

  Switch the Fish – One Tray Oven Baked Hake and Chips – Regular Lavender and Lovage readers will know that I am a bit of a fish and seafood addict; we eat fish (or seafood) about two or threes times a week, and favourite recipes are prawn curry, fish pie, fish cakes and fish and chips. I… 

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Holiday Cooking with Ease: Recipe 2 – Pan Fried Lemon and Garlic Chicken

Pan Fried Lemon and Garlic Chicken

Holiday Cooking with Ease: Recipe 2 – Pan Fried Lemon and Garlic Chicken – Welcome to my second holiday recipe, as shared with HouseTrip as part of their easy holiday recipes series. Today’s recipe comes from France, and is so simple and yet packed with fabulous flavours……it’s pan-fried chicken breasts in a creamy, lemon and garlic… 

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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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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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