Västerbottensost Cheese and a Swedish Midsummer Menu

Västerbottensost Paj

Västerbottensost Cheese and a Swedish Midsummer Menu Today, the 19th of June, is Swedish Midsummer……it marks the start of the summer holidays for most Swedes, as well as weekend of revelry, with Maypole dancing, singing, picking berries and flowers as well as enjoying food with family and friends, always outside, weather permitting.  By way of… 

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The Guild of Food Writers Awards 2015: Rhubarb and Rose Champagne Cocktails

Rhubarb, Rose and Strawberry Champagne Cocktail

The Guild of Food Writers Awards 2015: Rhubarb and Rose Champagne Cocktails Today is an exciting day for me, I am travelling to London to attend The Guild of Food Writers Awards ceremony, but unlike last year, this year I am one of the finalists in the Food Blog of the Year category. I am in… 

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Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden with Lots of Picnic Recipes

Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden and Hovis Granary Bread (2)

Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden with Lots of Picnic Recipes Summer is a time for lazing in the garden, taking trips to the seaside, fishing by languid rivers, barbecuing bangers, enjoying fish and chips on the quayside, late night drinks on the terrace and picnics. I don’t have a favourite season really,… 

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The Summer Spice Club: Sticky Pulled Chicken Sliders

Schwartz Spice Club, Sandwiches, Chicken, Pulled Chicken, Sliders, BBQ, Sauce, Lavender and Lovage, Karen Burns-Booth

The Summer Spice Club: Sticky Pulled Chicken Sliders Well summer is almost officially here, not so much based on the date, but on the fact that my husband has dragged the barbecue out of its winter hidey hole and is practising like an ancient “Fire God” on his charring skills. Not a day goes by when… 

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The Secret Recipe Club: American Diner style Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Lamb Sausages and Sausage Patties (10)

The Secret Recipe Club: American Diner style Homemade Breakfast Sausage Many years ago I remember driving from Pennsylvania right down to Florida, in an old “fast-back” 1972 yellow Ford Mustang; the brakes were more than dodgy, the gear box was “imaginative” and the journey was pretty arduous when made with just two drivers, who slept in the… 

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Rhubarb, Rose & Strawberry Syrup for Cocktails and Cordials

Rhubarb, Rose and Strawberry Syrup

Rhubarb, Rose & Strawberry Syrup for Cocktails and Cordials One of the joys of spring is the promise of rebirth in the garden; apart from the burgeoning buds on all the fruit trees and bushes, the delicate blush blossoms bursting forth under gentle rain and sultry sunshine, there’s more treasure to be discovered, usually under… 

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Betavivo Blueberry & Yoghurt Breakfast Pots: Recipe, Review and Giveaway

Blueberry & Yoghurt Breakfast Pots

Betavivo Blueberry & Yoghurt Breakfast Pots: Recipe, Review and Giveaway Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, whether it be a slap-up Full English Breakfast (called a FEB in our house), a buttery croissant served with ruby-red raspberry preserves, creamy porridge, toast and Marmite (I’m a Marmite lover) or something a bit healthier, such… 

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Great Sandwiches of the World: The Reuben Sandwich

Great Sandwiches of the World: The Reuben Sandwich

  Great Sandwiches of the World: The Reuben Sandwich Reuben sandwich The Reuben sandwich is a hot sandwich composed of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread. Several variants exist. Welcome to a new Lavender and Lovage recipe collection series, “Great Sandwiches of the World”. Every couple of weeks… 

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Easter Nest Cupcakes for the Easter Weekend Tea Time Table

Easter Nest Cup Cakes

Easter Nest Cupcakes for the Easter Weekend Tea Time Table It’s Easter Saturday and only a day away from all those Easter Egg hunts and waking up to see what Easter bunny has left for us this year! Now, I don’t know about you, but I have been loving the advertisement on the TV lately, for… 

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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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