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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Edible Gifts for Giving: Spiced Brandy Soused Clementines

Edible Gifts for Giving: Spiced Brandy Soused Clementines

  Edible Gifts for Giving: Spiced Brandy Soused Clementines Now is the time to start thinking about making special gifts for giving…….for Christmas hampers, the tea time table as well as hostess gifts for the impending party season; it’s a time for preserving, baking and making special recipes that will be served throughout the festive… 

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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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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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Wild Meadow Flowers, Buttery Brioche & Traditional Greengage Jam Recipe

Wild Meadow Flowers, Buttery Brioche & Traditional Greengage Jam Recipe

  Wild Meadow Flowers, Buttery Brioche & Traditional Greengage Jam Recipe A gentle walk in the country, picking flowers and enjoying the cooler weather but also the sunshine……meadows filled with wild flowers and an old wall covered in fragrant honeysuckle……poppies, cornflowers, millet, lady’s mantle, clover and daisies…….and then a tree laden with greengages!  Now, there’s a plum that… 

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Magical Midsummer’s Eve: Elderflower and Strawberry Cordial/Syrup

Making Elderflower and Strawberry Cordial

Magical Midsummer’s Eve: Elderflower and Strawberry Cordial/Syrup Tonight is the night for faeries, magic and mystical revelry, June the 23rd is Midsummer’s Eve, the day before Midsummer Day, also known as St John’s Day, it is the ancient middle of summer as well as the nativity of St John the Baptist. Midsummer, not to be confused… 

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The Little Black Dress of Salads! New Potato & Radish Salad in a Creamy Truffle Oil Dressing

Red Tractor, British, #RTchallenge, Red Tractor Assurance, Lavender and Lovage, Karen S Burns-Booth, Radishes, Potatoes, Truffle Oil, Salad, The Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress of Salads! New Potato & Radish Salad in a Creamy Truffle Oil Dressing Sometimes in recipe development, a recipe is created that seems so simple and yet is “the little black dress” of the culinary scene; it’s easy to make, has simple ingredients, BUT with one special “string of pearls” ingredient… 

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Floral and Flavoured Butter: Rosemary Flower Butter with Grana Padano Cheese

Rosemary Butter with Grana Padano

Floral and Flavoured Butter: Rosemary Flower Butter with Grana Padano Cheese Sometimes an idea comes to me in the middle of the night, when I am tossing and turning, reflecting on events that have happened, or worrying about things that may not happen……..the night is still and my thoughts seem to hang in the darkness… 

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Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Chocolate Orange Curd

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines I love making preserves of all kinds and regular Lavender and Lovage readers will know that I share recipes for jam, marmalade, pickles, chutney, relish and curds regularly. One of my most popular recipes, both with my readers and with my family (and me!) is my mum’s recipe for Lemon… 

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Exotic Chips/Fries! Chilli Roasted Sweet Potato Chips with a Marigold Petal Masala Dust

Exotic Chips/Fries! Chilli Roasted Sweet Potato Chips with a Marigold Petal Masala Dust

Exotic Chips/Fries! Chilli Roasted Sweet Potato Chips with a Marigold Petal Masala Dust It’s not often that I can say that today’s recipe has been made with ingredients that have been created by a friend, but I am happy to say that today is an exception. I first met Sumayya online about three years ago,… 

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