Stir Up Sunday Recipes: Cakes, Puddings and Mincemeat with Tropical Fruits

Gluten Free Tropical Fruit Cake

Stir Up Sunday Recipes: Cakes, Puddings and Mincemeat with Tropical Fruits Only two more days until Stir-Up Sunday……..a special day in the cook’s calendar when cakes and puddings are concocted, baked, steamed. I have written about this day many times over the years on Lavender and Lovage, and, you can read all about the traditions and customs here: … 

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Thrifty & Organic November: Pear & Walnut Cake, Sausage Cabbage Rolls and Celeriac Gratin

Pear, Walnut and Brown Sugar Cake

Thrifty & Organic November: Pear & Walnut Cake, Sausage Cabbage Rolls and Celeriac Gratin Core ingredients for NOVEMBER: Sausages, Cabbage, Potatoes, Celeriac, Pears, Walnuts Menu Plan and Recipes for NOVEMBER: Sausage stuffed Cabbage Rolls Celeriac, Cheese & Potato Gratin Pear, Walnut & Brown Sugar Cake Welcome to a new Thrifty and Organic recipe planner for… 

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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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Pie, Pie, Pie……..Chocolate Chilli Pie with a Cornbread Crust

Chocolate Chilli Pie with a Cornbread Crust (7)

Pie, Pie, Pie…….. Chocolate Chilli Pie with a Cornbread Crust I am a PIE LOVER –  pies are the ultimate comfort food for me, whether they be the light, fragrant pies of summer, or the rustic, rich pies of winter, anything with a crust gets my vote of approval. The crust can be flaky, hot water,… 

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Bonfire Bangers and Barbecue Bean Casserole for Crocktober

Bonfire Bangers and Barbecue Bean Casserole

Bonfire Bangers and Barbecue Bean Casserole for Crocktober Here we are half way through October……it’s been a funny old month with some very cold, wet days, and then today the sun has decided to show its face again and I am hankering to get out and have a long walk…….the sort of autumn walk where… 

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Cast Iron Recipes! Cooking with “Le Creuset”: Comfort Chicken Casserole

Comfort Le Creuset Chicken Casserole

Cast Iron Recipes! Cooking with “Le Creuset” Comfort Chicken Casserole What could be better than a comforting plate of chicken casserole as autumn leaves begin to fall in their hundreds and aromatic wood smoke spirals around brick chimneys……….pearl grey mists greet me on my way down to open up the chickens every morning and the Robin is sporting… 

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Thrifty & Organic October: Pork & Apples with French Style Lentils and Salted Chocolate Brownies

Sea Salt Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Walnuts

Thrifty & Organic October: Pork & Apples with French Style Lentils and Salted Chocolate Brownies Core Ingredients for October: Pork, Pumpkin, Apples, Lentils, Cabbage and Chocolate Menu Plan and Recipes for October: Meat Free “Garbure” Soup with Cabbage and Pumpkin Pork Steaks with Apples, Sage and Cider Apple Vinegar French style Braised Lentils Sea Salt… 

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Autumn Beckons: Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with Elderberry Glaze and Port Jus

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with Elderberry Glaze and Port Jus

Autumn Beckons: Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with Elderberry Glaze and Port Jus Autumn really is beckoning, the mornings are misty and cool and the evenings are “drawing in” with darkness falling by eight thirty now……..I’m sad to see the summer go, but I love autumn and all it brings. It’s a season of harvest festivals, crackling… 

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Sel la Vie Tomatoes and Twice Baked Potato, Cheese and Bacon Gratin

Twice Baked Potato, Cheese and Bacon Gratin

Sel la Vie Tomatoes and Twice Baked Potato, Cheese and Bacon Gratin This last week has been a glorious late summer holiday, with my daughter visiting, and the weather in SW France being positively balmy with temperatures in the late 20’s and clear azure skies, it’s been like the late birthday gift you never expected, and… 

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Cheese, Chillies & Wine: Baked Camembert in a Box with Chilli Pepper Jelly (Recipe)

Baked Camembert with Stokes Chilli Yellow Pepper Jelly

Cheese, Chillies & Wine: Baked Camembert in a Box with Chilli Pepper Jelly (Recipe) Autumn is nipping at my heels as I write this……I can smell it in the air and the mornings and evenings are definitely cooler with gentle mists creeping into the village. There’s the perfumed scent of apple wood fires, from my immediate… 

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