“Not Your Usual Potted Cheese” (with Chilli Mayonnaise) for Grown-Ups ONLY!

Potted Cheese

“Not Your Usual Potted Cheese” (with Chilli Mayonnaise) for Grown-Ups ONLY! Christmas and New Year is but a fond and distant memory now, but somehow some of our “festive fare” lingers on, lurking in surprising and sometimes inappropriate places (such as half eaten Christmas pudding that I found still “cooling down” in the oven) and… 

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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 at our holiday home 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… 

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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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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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A Countdown to Christmas Recipe: Christmas Sausage, Sage and Bacon Stuffing Loaf

Christmas Sausage, Sage and Bacon Stuffing Loaf

A Countdown to Christmas Recipe: Christmas Sausage, Sage and Bacon Stuffing Loaf It is officially the week before Christmas week now, and I am on a countdown to the big day, so I have decided to share a few seasonal recipes with you over the next nine days, most of them “essentials” such as stuffing… 

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Duvet Apples & Frosty Mornings! Festive Baked Apples with Mincemeat and Honey

Baked Apples

Duvet Apples & Frosty Mornings! Festive Baked Apples with Mincemeat and Honey Walks to the hen-house crackle with frosted leaves and frozen grass now and a cheeky little wind plays havoc with my dressing gown, as I am never dressed when I make the mad dash to the end of the garden at “silly o’clock”… 

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Bottling Tomatoes using the Water Bath Method: Step-by-Step Tutorial with Images & Recipe

Bottling Tomatoes with the Water Bath Method: Step-by-Step Tutorial with Images & Recipe

Bottling Tomatoes using the Water Bath Method: Step-by-Step Tutorial with Images & Recipe Not so many years ago, and as recently as when my mum and dad were growing up, we were a nation of “bottlers”; we would not think twice about preserving the summer bounty of fruit and vegetables from our gardens, allotments and… 

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Elderberries, Hedgerow Harvests and A Cornucopia of Preserves for the Autumn Pantry

Elderberries, Apples, Autumn, Harvest, Preserves, Fruit, Chutney, Jam, Jelly, Karen S Burns-Booth, Lavender and Lovage, Hedgerow Harvest

Elderberries, Hedgerow Harvests and A Cornucopia of Preserves for the Autumn Pantry October, one of my favourite months, and as John Keats so emphatically writes in his “Ode to Autumn”..….” Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”……..and indeed, for most gardeners it is a month of mellow fruitfulness – a veritable cornucopia of fruit, herbs and… 

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