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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Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe)

Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe)

Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe) My mum is a dab hand at making pancakes and we don’t have to wait until pancake day (Shrove Tuesday) to enjoy them, as she often makes them for breakfast throughout the year……thin, lacy ones as well as fat Scotch… 

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5:2 Diet Fast Day Recipe: Wild Garlic and Chilli Sweetcorn Fritters (185 Calories)

5:2 Diet Fast Day Recipe: Wild Garlic and Chilli Sweetcorn Fritters (185 Calories)

5:2 Diet Fast Day Recipe: Wild Garlic and Chilli Sweetcorn Fritters (185 Calories) It’s time to go back on the 5:2 diet, after a few weeks of unfettered eating whilst travelling and staying with my parents, I am keen to get back on my two fast days a week. And, I want, or should I… 

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