Holiday Cooking with Ease: France – Provence Beef Casserole

Provence Beef Casserole

Holiday Cooking with Ease: – France – Provence Beef Casserole Cooking on self-catering holidays can be a strain, after all, it IS a holiday and sometimes cooking in a strange and unfamiliar kitchen (and country) can be difficult. So, when I was asked by HouseTrip to create some recipes that would be suitable for a family… 

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Celebrate “VE Day” with Potato Pete and an Authentic WWII Recipe: “Whit Salad”

WWII, Ration Book Recipes, Potato Pete, VE Day, VE Day 2015, Whit Salad, Lavender and Lovage, Karen Burns-Booth, Potatoes, Mock Eggs

Celebrate “VE Day” with Potato Pete and an Authentic WWII Recipe: “Whit Salad” Friday the 8th May is VE Day – Victory in Europe Day, and this year, 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of war in Europe. The occasion will be commemorated with events across the UK, including the lighting of over 100… 

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Scottish Fish with an Asian Twist: Salt & Pepper Fish Goujons

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Scottish Fish with an Asian Twist: Salt & Pepper Fish Goujons So, what is a “Goujon”? Well, the word originates from the French word “Gudjeon” which is a fish, and we seemed to have embraced the term for these fried fishy morsels about twenty years ago, when they became “de rigueur” on every Bistrot menu. They… 

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Great Sandwiches of the World: The Reuben Sandwich

Great Sandwiches of the World: The Reuben Sandwich

  Great Sandwiches of the World: The Reuben Sandwich Reuben sandwich The Reuben sandwich is a hot sandwich composed of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread. Several variants exist. Welcome to a new Lavender and Lovage recipe collection series, “Great Sandwiches of the World”. Every couple of weeks… 

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Pan-fried Skrei Cod with Scorched Cherry Tomatoes, Black Garlic and Harissa Crushed Cauliflower Mash

Pan-fried Skrei Cod with Scorched Cherry Tomatoes, Black Garlic and Harissa Crushed Cauliflower Mash

Pan-fried Skrei Cod with Scorched Cherry Tomatoes, Black Garlic and Harissa Crushed Cauliflower Mash Today’s recipe is for Pan-fried Skrei Cod with Scorched Cherry Tomatoes, Black Garlic and Harissa Crushed Cauliflower Mash is a new creation by me, that I developed a couple of weeks ago, and that has proved to be a popular dish with… 

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Fall in Love with Iberia: Spanish Chorizo Chicken with Olives Recipe with Lidl

Lidl Iberian Week

Fall in Love with Iberia: Spanish Chorizo Chicken with Olives Recipe with Lidl Last week saw Lidl UK celebrating all things Iberian in their supermarkets, and as a lover of Spanish food and ingredients, I popped along to stock up on several items I had seen in their leaflet here: Fall in Love with Iberia. There… 

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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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A Spring Breakfast Recipe: Shirred Eggs over Kale and Garlic with Espelette

A Spring Breakfast Recipe: Shirred Eggs over Kale and Garlic with Espelette

A Spring Breakfast Recipe: Shirred Eggs over Kale and Garlic with Espelette As most of my readers will know, I keep chickens, and therefore, as a consequence, I always have plenty of eggs at my disposal. My hens are totally free-range and have the full run at the bottom of the garden, underneath the fig, cherry… 

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Braised Ruby Baby Gem Lettuce with Spring Onions, Peas, Bacon and Crème Fraîche

Braised Ruby Gem Lettuce with Spring Onions, Lardons, Peas and Creme Fraiche

Braised Ruby Baby Gem Lettuce with Spring Onions, Peas, Bacon and Crème Fraîche The lettuces sat provocatively amongst all the other spring greens and seasonal vegetables……some with frilly leaves, some with soft, buttery looking leaves and tender hearts. There were curly leaves, pointed leaves and then there were baby oak leaf lettuces, compact and tightly furled……sitting… 

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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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