St George’s Day & A Spring Salad Recipe: English Apple and Walnut Salad

St George's Day, Sausages, Heck, Salad, Apples, Walnuts, Blue Stilton, Karen S Burns-Booth, Lavender and Lovage

St George’s Day & A Spring Salad Recipe: English Apple and Walnut Salad Salad days…….hot, balmy days with fluffy white clouds and the drowsy distant buzz of bees……the early morning translucent light that awakes me along with birdsong and the pale warmth of early sun beams that dance along the old oak beams and form… 

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A Good Friday Pie: Wild Garlic and Blue Wensleydale Tart

Blue Wensleydale and Wild Garlic Tart

A Good Friday Pie: Wild Garlic and Blue Wensleydale Tart Tomorrow, the 18th April, is Good Friday; or, Hot Cross Bun day as I used to call it when I was little! Although many Christians observe a “no meat Friday” every week of the year, it’s probably true to say that most people regardless of their religion also adopt a… 

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Little Easter Cakes: Mini Chocolate Drizzle Bundt Cakes

Bundt Easter Egg Cakes (9)

Little Easter Cakes: Mini Chocolate Drizzle Bundt Cakes In Easter Week it seemed wholly appropriate to concentrate on seasonal baked treats, and as regular Lavender and Lovage readers will know, I have featured some very indulgent cakes and bakes already…….A BIG Easter Cake! Creme Egg Chocolate Drizzle Cake,  Pots au Chocolat with Chocolate Bunnies and of course my… 

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Organic Easter Menu: French Herb & Garlic Lamb and Pots au Chocolat

Chocolate Mousse with Mini Eggs and Cream

Organic Easter Menu: French Herb & Garlic Lamb and Pots au Chocolat It’s with great pleasure that I announce my continuing collaboration with Organic UK throughout 2014 – more about that to come in May, but for now I wanted to share some great indulgent recipes for people to enjoy with their family over Easter weekend,… 

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Avocado Love! South African style Guacamole and Cream Cheese Tartines

South African style Guacamole and Cream Cheese Tartines with Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Avocado Love! South African style Guacamole & Cream Cheese Tartines Two avocados in the pantry along with a bag of lemons, some artisan bread, and then a phone conversation with my mum last week led to this lovely recipe for South African style Guacamole and Cream Cheese Tartines today – mum reminded me how we used… 

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Easter Eggy Bread: Raspberry & Vanilla “Pain Perdu” (French Toast)

Vanilla and Rasberry Pain Perdu for an Easter Breakfast

Easter Eggy Bread: Raspberry & Vanilla “Pain Perdu” (French Toast) Thank goodness it’s Friday! I’ve had a really busy week and I am looking forward to a bit of “down time” over the weekend. Today’s post is all about getting ahead however; in just a little over two weeks it will be Easter Sunday and… 

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Tortellini Pasta Bake with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto & Mozzarella

Tortellini Pasta Bake with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto & Mozzarella

Tortellini Pasta Bake with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto & Mozzarella A simple Saturday supper dish, (or a light luncheon and mid-week supper dish) is my recipe of the day today – something that most people can rustle up from store cupboard and pantry staples, and a tasty recipe that is on the table in under an… 

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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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On the Spice Trail: Moroccan Harissa and Chickpea Potage Recipe (5:2 Diet)

Moroccan 5:2 diet Soup

On the Spice Trail: Moroccan Harissa and Chickpea Potage Recipe (5:2 Diet) If my regular readers have noticed a lack of 5:3 diet recipes being posted lately, than they will be right in their assumptions; however, I have not abandoned the diet, on the contrary, I am still following it with great success, it’s just that I have just been sharing… 

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Brioche, Pancakes and Marmalade March! Chocolate Marmalade Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding

Chocolate Marmalade Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding

Brioche, Pancakes and Marmalade March! Chocolate Marmalade Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake day; it’s the last day before Lent and a chance to use up all those ingredients such as eggs, milk, sugar and jam that are traditionally not eaten during the Lenten period. Nowadays, we aren’t as… 

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