The Summer Spice Club: Sticky Pulled Chicken Sliders

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The Summer Spice Club: Sticky Pulled Chicken Sliders Well summer is almost officially here, not so much based on the date, but on the fact that my husband has dragged the barbecue out of its winter hidey hole and is practising like an ancient “Fire God” on his charring skills. Not a day goes by when… 

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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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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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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 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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Whole Roasted Cauliflower in a Spicy Mexican Sauce

Whole Roasted Cauliflower in a Spicy Mexican Sauce

Whole Roasted Cauliflower in a Spicy Mexican Sauce I have been fascinated by the “whole roasted cauliflower” thing for a while now – yes, I DO realise that to many people that means “I need to get out more”, but, please hear me out! It’s just such a great idea, a sort of veggie roast if… 

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