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… 

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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… 

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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… 

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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… 

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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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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… 

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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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Fiesta! Smoky Sweet Potato, Bean and Chilli Enchiladas

Sweet potato and chili enchilladas

Fiesta! Smoky Sweet Potato, Bean and Chilli Enchiladas I love Mexican food, maybe it’s because I was born on the 5th may, Cinco de Mayo, and I’m a “Fiesta” baby! Who knows, but I do know that it’s a regular on my kitchen table, and I find many of the recipes easy to prepare, assemble and… 

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A Carb-Free Snack: Mexican Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

Mexican Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

A Carb-Free Snack: Mexican Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps Eggs are a staple ingredient in my kitchen, mainly due to the fact that we keep chickens, at the bottom of or garden, and as they are nature’s best fast food package – easy to cook and essential for baking. My chickens have been on and off lay… 

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5:2 Diet Recipe: Cauliflower Steaks with Grana Padano Cheese, Olives and Rocket Leaves

5:2 Diet Recipe: Cauliflower Steaks with Grana Padano Cheese, Olives and Rocket Leaves

5:2 Diet Recipe: Cauliflower Steaks with Grana Padano Cheese, Olives and Rocket Leaves With apologies to my regular readers who have been waiting for my latest 5:2 diet recipe, I have created several since my last one was published, Pork & Fennel with Red Wine & Borlotti Beans, but I have just not had the time to share… 

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