Tian Provençal (Summer Vegetable Gratin)

Tian provençal

Tian Provençal (Summer Vegetable Gratin) I am avid collector of what is commonly known as “Kitchenalia” nowadays; even before I started to use various bits and bobs for my food styling photos, I was always drawn to a dusty flour dredger or a set of teaspoons, as well as anything resembling an old baking tin. For… 

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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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The Alchemy of Fruit & Sugar: One Punnet Raspberry Jam

The Alchemy of Fruit & Sugar: One Punnet Raspberry Jam

The Alchemy of Fruit & Sugar: One Punnet Raspberry Jam There is an alchemy when fruit and sugar are mixed together and boiled; the fruit is preserved, the flavour is intensified and the colour becomes jewel-like and vibrant…….and then in the midst of winter, a jar of ruby-red raspberry jam can be taken down from the… 

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An Old Cottage Garden and Pink Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam Recipe

Pink Gooseberry and Elderflower Jam

An Old Cottage Garden and Pink Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam Recipe Memories can be fickle, the good times are nearly always better and the bad times sometimes fade, hopefully, but I do think that memories of my time spent with grandparents are an accurate recall of precious moments that I enjoyed with them. I remember… 

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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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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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Switch the Fish – One Tray Oven Baked Hake and Chips

Baked Hake and Chips

  Switch the Fish – One Tray Oven Baked Hake and Chips – Regular Lavender and Lovage readers will know that I am a bit of a fish and seafood addict; we eat fish (or seafood) about two or threes times a week, and favourite recipes are prawn curry, fish pie, fish cakes and fish and chips. I… 

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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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