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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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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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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East Coast USA Revisited: Shaker Lemon Pie Recipe

Shaker Lemon Pie

East Coast USA Revisited: Shaker Lemon Pie Recipe The day was bright and sunny, the sun kissed my neck as I sat at a long refectory style table bench with a glass of cloudy home-made lemonade and a slice of Shoo-Fly Pie; the county fair was in full swing and besides all the livestock, entertainment and… 

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Ski Chalet Supper: Tartiflette Savoyarde with Reblochon Cheese

Ski Chalet Supper: Tartiflette Savoyarde with Reblochon Cheese

Ski Chalet Supper: Tartiflette Savoyarde with Reblochon Cheese Tartiflette, a baked gratin of potatoes, onions (or shallots), lardons (bacon), wine, cream and cheese, a staple of all ski lodge or chalet suppers, and a big favourite in our household; the dish originates from the Savoy (Savoie) region of France, famous for its skiing resorts, hosting the… 

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Home away from Home: Betty’s Fat Rascals Recipe

Fat Rascals

Home away from Home: Betty’s Fat Rascals Recipe We have a lovely home in SW France that we like to visit several times a year, and when we aren’t travelling by car, which we usually do, we fly into our nearest airports of Bordeaux or La Rochelle. The flights are a breeze to book with… 

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A Northumberland Cottage Kitchen Recipe: Stotty Cake (Stottie Cake)

Stotty Cakes

A Northumberland Cottage Kitchen Recipe: Stotty Cake (Stottie Cake) A rather plain and flat looking disc of bread, and yet to many people in the North East of England the Stotty Bread is an important and potent symbol of their identity and region. It’s basically made from ordinary white bread dough, but due to the… 

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