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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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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Ski Chalet Supper: Tartiflette Savoyarde with Reblochon Cheese

Ski Chalet Supper: Tartiflette Savoyarde with Reblochon Cheese

Ski Chalet Supper: Tartiflette Savoyarde with Reblochon Cheese Tartiflette, a baked gratin of potatoes, onions (or shallots), lardons (bacon), wine, cream and cheese, a staple of all ski lodge or chalet suppers, and a big favourite in our household; the dish originates from the Savoy (Savoie) region of France, famous for its skiing resorts, hosting the… 

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Home away from Home: Betty’s Fat Rascals Recipe

Fat Rascals

Home away from Home: Betty’s Fat Rascals Recipe We have a lovely home in SW France that we like to visit several times a year, and when we aren’t travelling by car, which we usually do, we fly into our nearest airports of Bordeaux or La Rochelle. The flights are a breeze to book with… 

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5:2 Diet Spiced Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous – Tabbouleh with Halloumi (56 calories)

Cauliflower CousCous Tabbouleh

5:2 Diet Spiced Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous -Tabbouleh with Halloumi (56 calories) It’s been a while since I shared a new 5:2 diet recipe, but I hope I’ve made up for my tardiness with the recipe I’m sharing today, a recipe that  I have been making for about 5 or 6 years, from my “Pig to Twig”… 

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“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  a Christmas pudding that I found still “cooling down” in the oven) and… 

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British Carrots: Sticky Roast Chantenay Carrot Medley with Pomegranate Molasses

Sticky Roast Chantenay Carrot Medley with Pomegranate Molasses

Where Our Food Comes From……. British Carrots: Sticky Roast Chantenay Carrot Medley with Pomegranate Molasses Welcome to a new series of posts called “Where Our Food Comes From”……..over the last few months I have been lucky enough to visit numerous factories, farms, orchards and food events where the focus has been all about home-grown British… 

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Thrifty & Organic November: Pear & Walnut Cake, Sausage Cabbage Rolls and Celeriac Gratin

Pear, Walnut and Brown Sugar Cake

Thrifty & Organic November: Pear & Walnut Cake, Sausage Cabbage Rolls and Celeriac Gratin Core ingredients for NOVEMBER: Sausages, Cabbage, Potatoes, Celeriac, Pears, Walnuts Menu Plan and Recipes for NOVEMBER: Sausage stuffed Cabbage Rolls Celeriac, Cheese & Potato Gratin Pear, Walnut & Brown Sugar Cake Welcome to a new Thrifty and Organic recipe planner for… 

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