Västerbottensost Cheese and a Swedish Midsummer Menu

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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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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… 

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Serrano wrapped Asparagus with Baby Gem Lettuce, Bronze Fennel, Aioli, Chives and Goat’s Cheese

Serrano wrapped Asparagus with Baby Gem Lettuce, Bronze Fennel, Aioli, Chives and Goat's Cheese

Serrano wrapped Asparagus with Baby Gem Lettuce, Bronze Fennel, Aioli, Chives and Goat’s Cheese British asparagus, a seasonal gem and a culinary treat that I look forward to with anticipation. In my part of the world, namely North Yorkshire, we have numerous asparagus farms, so being able to source locally is not an issue, and as the… 

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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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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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Award Winning Scottish Fish: Smoked Plaice, Leek & Cheese Gratin with Chervil & Lemon

Award Winning Scottish Fish: Smoked plaice, Leek & Cheese Gratin with Chervil & Lemon

Award Winning Scottish Fish: Smoked Plaice, Leek & Cheese Gratin with Chervil & Lemon Regular readers of Lavender and Lovage will know of my love of fish and seafood, in fact anything fishy (or in a shell) gets my vote. And, many of you may remember that I always buy my fish whenever I can from… 

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The NEW April Cooking with Herbs Linky AND March Round-Up

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The NEW April Cooking with Herbs Linky AND March Round-Up Welcome to a NEW Cooking with Herbs Linky Party for APRIL as well as a fabulous round-up from March’s event. There is NO theme as such for April, please just cook (or bake) with herbs and add your tasty links to the link-up at the… 

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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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St Patrick’s Day Feast: Soda Bread, Ulster Fry & Salt Beef with Champ

Soda Bread

St Patrick’s Day Feast: Soda Bread, Ulster Fry & Salt Beef with Champ St Patrick’s Day is just under a week away now, and although I’m not Irish, I welcome the opportunity to cook Irish food for my friends and family. There’s something very honest and wholesome about traditional Irish fare, and so when Ocado contacted… 

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How Cool is your Fridge? Win a Fridge PLUS Old Bay Shrimp Recipe

Old Bay Prawns/Shrimp in Wine with a Spicy Creamy Dip,

How Cool is your Fridge? Win a Fridge PLUS Old Bay Shrimp Recipe Just how cool is your fridge, I was asked, and NO, it’s not the temperature, but my “fridge street cred”! Well, my fridge is a trifle packed at present, as I have LOTS of recipe development jobs to do, and it’s very… 

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