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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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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A Carb-Free Snack: Mexican Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

Mexican Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

A Carb-Free Snack: Mexican Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps Eggs are a staple ingredient in my kitchen, mainly due to the fact that we keep chickens, at the bottom of or garden, and as they are nature’s best fast food package – easy to cook and essential for baking. My chickens have been on and off lay… 

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The Summer Spice Club: Sticky Pulled Chicken Sliders

Schwartz Spice Club, Sandwiches, Chicken, Pulled Chicken, Sliders, BBQ, Sauce, Lavender and Lovage, Karen Burns-Booth

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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Secret Recipe Club: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower

Secret Recipe Club: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Today is “Reveal Day” for Group D and the Secret Recipe Club: the Secret Recipe Club is a way to not only find but share new blogs. Each month, one member is assigned to another member from their group secretly (hence the name). That person selects a recipe (or more)… 

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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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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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