Country Cottage Comfort Food: Nanny’s Pan Haggerty

Pan Haggerty or Panhaggerty

Country Cottage Comfort Food: Nanny’s Pan Haggerty Layers of meltingly tender potatoes, tasty onion slices and molten cheese in one pan, that’s what “Pan Haggerty” is all about, a frugal “end of week” family dish that resonates with me on every comfort food level. I was raised on food like this, and simple though it… 

Read More »

Cheesy Coddled Eggs with Smoked Fish, Sorrel & Dill

Cheesy Coddled Eggs with Smoked Fish, Sorrel & Dill

Cheesy Coddled Eggs with Smoked Fish, Sorrel & Dill I remember an advert, when I was growing up, it was by the British Egg Marketing Board, and went like this: male guest in a typical boarding house, sits at the breakfast table, the harridan land lady marches in and barks……..“how do you like your eggs,… 

Read More »

Tian Provençal (Summer Vegetable Gratin)

Tian provençal

Tian Provençal (Summer Vegetable Gratin) I am avid collector of what is commonly known as “Kitchenalia” nowadays; even before I started to use various bits and bobs for my food styling photos, I was always drawn to a dusty flour dredger or a set of teaspoons, as well as anything resembling an old baking tin. For… 

Read More »

Bed & Breakfast Cheese, Tomato and Garden Herbs Omelette

B and B Cheese and Herb Omelette (3)

Bed & Breakfast Cheese, Tomato and Garden Herbs Omelette Close friends (and family) and some of my readers will know that when I am in South West France, I run a Bed and Breakfast. It’s our home too of course, but was bought specifically to run a Chambres d’Hotes as well as a cookery school over… 

Read More »

A Secret Recipe for Meat-Free Monday: Chole Chaat (Chickpea Curry)

Chole Chaat is a spicy Indian chickpea curry made with a base of fresh ginger, garlic and tomatoes; serve with steamed Basmati rice and assorted sambals.

A Secret Recipe for Meat-Free Monday: Chole Chaat (Chickpea Curry) Apart from Fish on Friday, a series of fishy posts on Lavender and Lovage inspired by the historical tradition of eating fish on Fridays, I’m not usually a lover of being “spoon fed” into writing posts (and recipes) based on “blogging dietary days of the… 

Read More »

Provençal Stuffed Apricot & Goat’s Cheese Salad with Edible Flowers

Provençal Stuffed Apricot & Goat’s Cheese Salad with Edible Flowers

Provençal Stuffed Apricot & Goat’s Cheese Salad with Edible Flowers Edible flowers seem to be the “New Black” lately, with many top chefs using them in their Michelin Star restaurants; pubs, cafés and even commercial “refectory” kitchens are adding them to dishes for staff, as my daughter confirmed recently, when she sent me a photo of… 

Read More »

The Alchemy of Fruit & Sugar: One Punnet Raspberry Jam

The Alchemy of Fruit & Sugar: One Punnet Raspberry Jam

The Alchemy of Fruit & Sugar: One Punnet Raspberry Jam There is an alchemy when fruit and sugar are mixed together and boiled; the fruit is preserved, the flavour is intensified and the colour becomes jewel-like and vibrant…….and then in the midst of winter, a jar of ruby-red raspberry jam can be taken down from the… 

Read More »

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… 

Read More »

Butter Griddled Asparagus with Lemon and Aioli

Butter Griddled Asparagus with Lemon and Aioli

Butter Griddled Asparagus with Lemon and Aioli British asparagus season is between April and June and with just two weeks left in June, I’m grabbing the opportunity to enjoy as much British asparagus as I can. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to buy locally grown Yorkshire asparagus in the farm shop down the road…….as… 

Read More »

A Sultry Summer Salad: Heirloom Tomato & Chive Flower Salad

Heirloom Tomato & Chive Flower Salad

A Sultry Summer Salad: Heirloom Tomato & Chive Flower Salad Summer has definitely arrived now, with long days of sunshine and fluffy white clouds sliding around azure blue skies……meals have been taken outside mostly – the barbecue has been dragged from its winter storage place, with a view to an abundance of al fresco grilling. My… 

Read More »