The Walnut Tree and Spiced Runner Bean Pickle

Spiced Runner Bean Pickle

The Walnut Tree and Spiced Runner Bean Pickle At the bottom of the garden in France, nearly touching the old stone wall, is a walnut tree; I’d like to say it was the “old walnut tree”, in the manner of the Old Quince Tree that we also have in the same garden, but, in fact… 

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An Autumn “Summer Pudding” Recipe for Sunday Lunch

Summer Pudding

An Autumn “Summer Pudding” Recipe for Sunday Lunch A British classic, a Summer Pudding is a thing of sublime beauty – swathes of gently poached berries and currants encased in a shell of soft bread, it’s an easy recipe to make and makes good use of excess berries (and currants) you may have throughout the… 

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

Toutons (9)

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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Wild Meadow Flowers, Buttery Brioche & Traditional Greengage Jam Recipe

Wild Meadow Flowers, Buttery Brioche & Traditional Greengage Jam Recipe

  Wild Meadow Flowers, Buttery Brioche & Traditional Greengage Jam Recipe A gentle walk in the country, picking flowers and enjoying the cooler weather but also the sunshine……meadows filled with wild flowers and an old wall covered in fragrant honeysuckle……poppies, cornflowers, millet, lady’s mantle, clover and daisies…….and then a tree laden with greengages!  Now, there’s a plum that… 

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It’s always Pimm’s O’Clock! Raspberry & Elderflower Pimm’s Cocktail

It's always Pimm's O'Clock! Raspberry & Elderflower Pimm's Cocktail

It’s always Pimm’s O’Clock! Raspberry & Elderflower Pimm’s Cocktail Let’s just set the scene……..a hot English summer’s day, leather on willow, floral tea “frocks”, stripy deck chairs, lazy days in the garden, the chink of ice on glass, full-blown roses and scented lavender, the buzz of bees, Wimbledon, strawberries and cream, old straw hats and… 

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Cherries & Cooking in Saucers: Kentish Cherry Batter Pudding

Kentish Cherry Batter Puddings

Cherries & Cooking in Saucers: Kentish Cherry Batter Pudding Britain is a nation of puddings, from steamed treacle sponge and Spotted Dick to Bakewell pudding and jam roly poly, we revel in our baked and steamed sweet concoctions. There are cake style puddings, steamed sponge puddings, baked tarts – sticky with syrups and studded with dried… 

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The International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds & Medieval Stuffed Eggs Recipe

Stuffed Eggs

The International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds & Medieval Stuffed Eggs Recipe Regular readers will know that I am a big fan of historical recipes, ingredients and cooking, and I have been working on a Historical British cookbook over the last few years, so I was delighted to accept an invitation to this years International… 

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An Old Fashioned Kinda Pie! Heirloom Apple or Fruit Tart Recipe

Apple and Blackberry Pie

An Old Fashioned Kinda Pie! Heirloom Apple or Fruit Tart Recipe Damp tea cloths are drying on the handles of an AGA range, and as well as damp linen the air is full of baking aromas……cinnamon vies with apples and the vague scent of buttery pastry is also omnipresent in the old cottage kitchen; it’s… 

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Country House Light Luncheon Recipe: Edwardian Curried Eggs

Country House Light Luncheon Edwardian Curried Eggs

Country House Light Luncheon Recipe: Edwardian Curried Eggs Sometimes, an aroma can bring back so many memories, a snatched moment in time, misty memories come rushing back like a pressure cooker being released and you yearn for that time again……and all it entails. Such is today’s recipe, it’s redolent of hot, humid school days in Hong… 

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Easter Eggy Bread: Raspberry & Vanilla “Pain Perdu” (French Toast)

Vanilla and Rasberry Pain Perdu for an Easter Breakfast

Easter Eggy Bread: Raspberry & Vanilla “Pain Perdu” (French Toast) Thank goodness it’s Friday! I’ve had a really busy week and I am looking forward to a bit of “down time” over the weekend. Today’s post is all about getting ahead however; in just a little over two weeks it will be Easter Sunday and… 

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