The Guild of Food Writers Awards 2015: Rhubarb and Rose Champagne Cocktails

Rhubarb, Rose and Strawberry Champagne Cocktail

The Guild of Food Writers Awards 2015: Rhubarb and Rose Champagne Cocktails Today is an exciting day for me, I am travelling to London to attend The Guild of Food Writers Awards ceremony, but unlike last year, this year I am one of the finalists in the Food Blog of the Year category. I am in… 

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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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Holiday Cooking with Ease: France – Provence Beef Casserole

Provence Beef Casserole

Holiday Cooking with Ease: – France – Provence Beef Casserole Cooking on self-catering holidays can be a strain, after all, it IS a holiday and sometimes cooking in a strange and unfamiliar kitchen (and country) can be difficult. So, when I was asked by HouseTrip to create some recipes that would be suitable for a family… 

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Celebrate “VE Day” with Potato Pete and an Authentic WWII Recipe: “Whit Salad”

WWII, Ration Book Recipes, Potato Pete, VE Day, VE Day 2015, Whit Salad, Lavender and Lovage, Karen Burns-Booth, Potatoes, Mock Eggs

Celebrate “VE Day” with Potato Pete and an Authentic WWII Recipe: “Whit Salad” Friday the 8th May is VE Day – Victory in Europe Day, and this year, 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of war in Europe. The occasion will be commemorated with events across the UK, including the lighting of over 100… 

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Baileys Double Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Hazelnuts and Baileys Cream

Bailys Double Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Hazelnuts and Baileys Cream

Baileys Double Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Hazelnuts and Baileys Cream Enter the dessert of your dreams……..Baileys Double Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Hazelnuts and Baileys Cream, a decadent delight that is made with TWO sorts of Baileys Irish Cream, aka Liquid crack! It’s a classic chocolate mousse, notched up with the addition of Baileys Chocolat Luxe and… 

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Award Winning Scottish Fish: Smoked Plaice, Leek & Cheese Gratin with Chervil & Lemon

Award Winning Scottish Fish: Smoked plaice, Leek & Cheese Gratin with Chervil & Lemon

Award Winning Scottish Fish: Smoked Plaice, Leek & Cheese Gratin with Chervil & Lemon Regular readers of Lavender and Lovage will know of my love of fish and seafood, in fact anything fishy (or in a shell) gets my vote. And, many of you may remember that I always buy my fish whenever I can from… 

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A Spring Breakfast Recipe: Shirred Eggs over Kale and Garlic with Espelette

A Spring Breakfast Recipe: Shirred Eggs over Kale and Garlic with Espelette

A Spring Breakfast Recipe: Shirred Eggs over Kale and Garlic with Espelette As most of my readers will know, I keep chickens, and therefore, as a consequence, I always have plenty of eggs at my disposal. My hens are totally free-range and have the full run at the bottom of the garden, underneath the fig, cherry… 

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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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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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