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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Braised Ruby Baby Gem Lettuce with Spring Onions, Peas, Bacon and Crème Fraîche

Braised Ruby Gem Lettuce with Spring Onions, Lardons, Peas and Creme Fraiche

Braised Ruby Baby Gem Lettuce with Spring Onions, Peas, Bacon and Crème Fraîche The lettuces sat provocatively amongst all the other spring greens and seasonal vegetables……some with frilly leaves, some with soft, buttery looking leaves and tender hearts. There were curly leaves, pointed leaves and then there were baby oak leaf lettuces, compact and tightly furled……sitting… 

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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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Sweets for my Sweet & Sugar for my Honey: Valentine Recipes with CHOCOLATE!

Chocolate Box Cakes

Sweets for my Sweet & Sugar for my Honey: Valentine Recipes with CHOCOLATE! Yes, it’s that time of year again, it’s the time of the year when thoughts turn to spring, warmer days, lighter nights (and mornings) and maybe even love! If you are an old sceptic, like me, than maybe Valentine’s Day doesn’t feature… 

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June Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner: Salmon, Watercress & Strawberry Delights!

Strawberries and Cream Trifle Pots

June Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner: Salmon, Watercress & Strawberry Delights! Welcome to June’s Thrifty and Organic Meal Planner; this month I have created three simple recipes that won’t break the bank or take up too much time in the kitchen; and, one of the component parts of the salmon recipe, the watercress and spring… 

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The Secret Recipe Club: Fresh Asparagus with Lemon Crumbs

The Secret Recipe Club, Lavender and Lovage, Karen S Burns-Booth, Asparagus, Lemon, Panko, Cookin' With Moxie

The Secret Recipe Club: Fresh Asparagus with Lemon Crumbs I feel so bad, for the first time since I joined The Secret Recipe Club nearly three years ago, I missed the reveal day due to bad planning and the INCORRECT date in my post schedule diary! The reveal day for group C was yesterday, but… 

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Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner for May: Chicken, Exotic Spices and Floral Fruit

Dukkah Crusted Roast Chicken with Mint & Yoghurt Sauce

Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner for May: Chicken, Exotic Spices and Floral Fruit Hello and welcome to my FIRST Thrifty and Organic Meal Planner for 2014! As regular Lavender and Lovage readers will know, I worked with Organic UK throughout last year with a series of special menus based around key seasonal organic ingredients, and… 

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Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) Recipes: Cakes, Scones, Tarts & Sandwiches

Mothering Sunday Recipes: Cakes, Bakes & Tarts

Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) Recipes: Cakes, Scones, Tarts & Sandwiches It’s British Mothering Sunday, (Mother’s Day) this Sunday the 30th of March, time to dust off the best china, bring posies of spring flowers into the house and bake cakes and other delicious treats for our mums. I was hoping to share a new recipe… 

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Irish Eyes are Smiling! Chocolate Guinness Cake & Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse Recipes

Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse

Irish Eyes are Smiling! ~ Rugby, Chocolate & Guinness ~ Chocolate Guinness Cake & Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse Recipes After a nail-biting final day of the Six Nations Rugby yesterday, with me backing England, Ireland beat France in Paris, and the Six Nation’s Trophy was snatched from our hands with that Ireland win! Disappointed though I… 

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