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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Gluten-Free Veggie Snack: Courgette & Feta Cheese Fritters with Chilli Mint Yogurt Dip

Courgette & Feta Cheese Fritters with Chilli Mint Yogurt Dip (23)

Gluten-Free Veggie Snack: Courgette & Feta Cheese Fritters with Chilli Mint Yogurt Dip Once upon a time, in what seems like another lifetime, I ran a restaurant in Cyprus. We used to cook traditional Greek and Turkish Cypriot cuisine as well as weekly specials for the ex-pats such as fish and chips on Friday, Sunday… 

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Giveaway: Win a FABULOUS Veetee Egg Fried Rice & Wholegrain Rice Hamper!

Giveaway: Win a FABULOUS Family Size Veetee Egg Fried Rice Hamper!

Giveaway: Win a Veetee Egg Fried Rice & Wholegrain Rice Hamper! I am a  bit of a fan of ready-to-eat and re-heat rice, it really helps out in the kitchen on busy days, and Veetee is one of my favourite brands and I always have some of their “Dine In” ready cooked rice trays in my store… 

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Sensational Summer Strawberries! Strawberry “Clafoutis” (Custard Bakes)

Strawberry Clafoutis

Sensational Summer Strawberries! Strawberry “Clafoutis” (Custard Bakes) “Strawberry fields forever” is my current mantra and as far as I am concerned there should be more strawberry fields, not just near me but all over the countryside, although, we are the proud “parents” of many strawberry offspring this year, and the luscious red orbs just keep… 

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A Snack for Viewing The World Cup Semi-Final: Argentinian Picada

Argentinean Picada

A Snack for Viewing The World Cup Semi-Final: Argentinian Picada I am going to “fess up” now, I am not a Football follower or fan, I watch Rugby Union and Cricket, but not football! So, I hope all footie fans are still talking to me now…….however, I am interested in the World Cup insofar that… 

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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… 

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An Easy Midweek Summer Recipe: Tabbouleh Stuffed Tomatoes

An Easy Midweek Summer Recipe: Tabbouleh Stuffed Tomatoes

An Easy Midweek Summer Recipe: Tabbouleh Stuffed Tomatoes Now that summer seems to have officially arrived in the UK, and France, it’ s nice to spend a bit more time outside and maybe a little less time in the kitchen.  So, it’s time to look at simple and easy to prepare recipes, ones that will… 

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Magical Midsummer’s Eve: Elderflower and Strawberry Cordial/Syrup

Making Elderflower and Strawberry Cordial

Magical Midsummer’s Eve: Elderflower and Strawberry Cordial/Syrup Tonight is the night for faeries, magic and mystical revelry, June the 23rd is Midsummer’s Eve, the day before Midsummer Day, also known as St John’s Day, it is the ancient middle of summer as well as the nativity of St John the Baptist. Midsummer, not to be confused… 

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Garlic Bread Cheese Toastie (Grilled Cheese) for The Secret Recipe Club

Garlic Bread Cheese Toastie

Garlic Bread Cheese Toastie (Grilled Cheese) for The Secret Recipe Club It’s hard to believe that something as simple as a toasted cheese sandwich could have received such acclaim in the Lavender and Lovage household, but it did; it seems that with all my manic cooking activities lately, for commissioned work as well as for some… 

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