Bed & Breakfast Cheese, Tomato and Garden Herbs Omelette

B and B Cheese and Herb Omelette (3)

Bed & Breakfast Cheese, Tomato and Garden Herbs Omelette Close friends (and family) and some of my readers will know that when I am in South West France, I run a Bed and Breakfast. It’s our home too of course, but was bought specifically to run a Chambres d’Hotes as well as a cookery school over… 

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A Secret Recipe for Meat-Free Monday: Chole Chaat (Chickpea Curry)

Chole Chaat is a spicy Indian chickpea curry made with a base of fresh ginger, garlic and tomatoes; serve with steamed Basmati rice and assorted sambals.

A Secret Recipe for Meat-Free Monday: Chole Chaat (Chickpea Curry) Apart from Fish on Friday, a series of fishy posts on Lavender and Lovage inspired by the historical tradition of eating fish on Fridays, I’m not usually a lover of being “spoon fed” into writing posts (and recipes) based on “blogging dietary days of the… 

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Provençal Stuffed Apricot & Goat’s Cheese Salad with Edible Flowers

Provençal Stuffed Apricot & Goat’s Cheese Salad with Edible Flowers

Provençal Stuffed Apricot & Goat’s Cheese Salad with Edible Flowers Edible flowers seem to be the “New Black” lately, with many top chefs using them in their Michelin Star restaurants; pubs, cafés and even commercial “refectory” kitchens are adding them to dishes for staff, as my daughter confirmed recently, when she sent me a photo of… 

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Lobster Newberg with Fresh Scottish Lobster

Lobster Newberg

Lobster Newberg with Fresh Scottish Lobster My mum remembers being treated to freshly cooked lobster served with hot melted butter on her sixteenth birthday; my grandmother used to buy fresh lobster straight from the quayside in Sunderland, where they cost only a few pennies each – they were certainly not just for the wealthy and… 

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Magical Midsummer: Elderflower, Rose and Strawberry Sorbet

Elderflower, Rose and Strawberry Sorbet

Magical Midsummer: Elderflower, Rose and Strawberry Sorbet Midsummer – also called…….. Summer Solstice, Adonia, St. John’s Feast Day, Jāņi, Liða, Midsommar, Ivan Kupala Day, Juhannus, Mittumaari, Alban Hefin, Gŵyl Ganol yr Haf, Sankthans, Jaanipäev, Keskikesä, Rasos Midsummer is only two days away now, a mystical and magic time of the year with long days and… 

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Västerbottensost Cheese and a Swedish Midsummer Menu

Västerbottensost Paj

Västerbottensost Cheese and a Swedish Midsummer Menu Today, the 19th of June, is Swedish Midsummer……it marks the start of the summer holidays for most Swedes, as well as weekend of revelry, with Maypole dancing, singing, picking berries and flowers as well as enjoying food with family and friends, always outside, weather permitting.  By way of… 

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Butter Griddled Asparagus with Lemon and Aioli

Butter Griddled Asparagus with Lemon and Aioli

Butter Griddled Asparagus with Lemon and Aioli British asparagus season is between April and June and with just two weeks left in June, I’m grabbing the opportunity to enjoy as much British asparagus as I can. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to buy locally grown Yorkshire asparagus in the farm shop down the road…….as… 

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A Sultry Summer Salad: Heirloom Tomato & Chive Flower Salad

Heirloom Tomato & Chive Flower Salad

A Sultry Summer Salad: Heirloom Tomato & Chive Flower Salad Summer has definitely arrived now, with long days of sunshine and fluffy white clouds sliding around azure blue skies……meals have been taken outside mostly – the barbecue has been dragged from its winter storage place, with a view to an abundance of al fresco grilling. My… 

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Serrano wrapped Asparagus with Baby Gem Lettuce, Bronze Fennel, Aioli, Chives and Goat’s Cheese

Serrano wrapped Asparagus with Baby Gem Lettuce, Bronze Fennel, Aioli, Chives and Goat's Cheese

Serrano wrapped Asparagus with Baby Gem Lettuce, Bronze Fennel, Aioli, Chives and Goat’s Cheese British asparagus, a seasonal gem and a culinary treat that I look forward to with anticipation. In my part of the world, namely North Yorkshire, we have numerous asparagus farms, so being able to source locally is not an issue, and as the… 

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Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden with Lots of Picnic Recipes

Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden and Hovis Granary Bread (2)

Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden with Lots of Picnic Recipes Summer is a time for lazing in the garden, taking trips to the seaside, fishing by languid rivers, barbecuing bangers, enjoying fish and chips on the quayside, late night drinks on the terrace and picnics. I don’t have a favourite season really,… 

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