The Walnut Tree and Spiced Runner Bean Pickle

Spiced Runner Bean Pickle

The Walnut Tree and Spiced Runner Bean Pickle At the bottom of the garden in France, nearly touching the old stone wall, is a walnut tree; I’d like to say it was the “old walnut tree”, in the manner of the Old Quince Tree that we also have in the same garden, but, in fact… 

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Loaded Potato Crustless Quiche with Bacon, Cheese & Onions

Loaded Potato Crustless Quiche

Loaded Potato Crustless Quiche with Bacon, Cheese & Onions By the time you read this, I will be snoozing on the TGV on my way up to Lille to catch the Eurostar back to the UK……..but, all is well, as I will still be benefiting from an extra hour in bed, as the clocks went… 

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Bacon Chilli Popcorn in the Microwave or a MultiCooker

Bacon Chilli Popcorn in the Microwave or a MultiCooker

Bacon Chilli Popcorn in the Microwave or a MultiCooker Chilli and bacon popcorn? Hello……yes please! This is a combination made in heaven and one that I will be repeating again. This was the recipe I made as a snack one day last week, when the fog was as thick as porridge and the rain teemed down the windows… 

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Giveaway: Win one of TWO Award Winning Figgy’s Christmas Puddings

Figgy's Puddings

Giveaway: Win one of TWO Award Winning Figgy’s Christmas Puddings Today’s NEW giveaway is unashamedly CHRISTMASSY! I am offering TWO beautiful hand-made Christmas Puddings that have very kindly been donated by Figgy’s Puddings.  Figgy’s are a husband and wife team (plus two small helpers) based in Devon. They’ve always made their own Christmas Puddings, and often gave them… 

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Pie, Pie, Pie……..Chocolate Chilli Pie with a Cornbread Crust

Chocolate Chilli Pie with a Cornbread Crust (7)

Pie, Pie, Pie…….. Chocolate Chilli Pie with a Cornbread Crust I am a PIE LOVER –  pies are the ultimate comfort food for me, whether they be the light, fragrant pies of summer, or the rustic, rich pies of winter, anything with a crust gets my vote of approval. The crust can be flaky, hot water,… 

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Bonfire Bangers and Barbecue Bean Casserole for Crocktober

Bonfire Bangers and Barbecue Bean Casserole

Bonfire Bangers and Barbecue Bean Casserole for Crocktober Here we are half way through October……it’s been a funny old month with some very cold, wet days, and then today the sun has decided to show its face again and I am hankering to get out and have a long walk…….the sort of autumn walk where… 

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Everyday and Speciality Dining on Celebrity Cruises Equinox

Breakfast on the Balcony - Celebrity Cruises Equinox

Everyday and Speciality Dining on Celebrity Cruises Equinox Welcome back to the Equinox, one of Celebrity Cruises cruise ships, and one that I had the pleasure of calling home for four days a few weeks ago; you can see my “teaser photo post” here: Travel, Dine & Wine in Style on Celebrity Equinox around the Mediterranean. Today I… 

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5:2 Diet Curried Autumn Allotment Soup: 90 Calories a Bowl

Allotment Vegetable Soup

5:2 Diet Curried Autumn Allotment Soup: 90 Calories a Bowl I am still following the 5:2 diet, albeit not when I am away, and I have been away a lot lately…….but, last week saw me managing two fast days of 500 calories a day and as the weather moves ever closer to winter, I find home-made soups… 

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A Show-stopping Chocolate Cherry Cake for Chocolate Week!

A Show-stopping Chocolate Cherry Cake for Chocolate Week!

A Show-stopping Chocolate Cherry Cake for Chocolate Week! There is nothing as nice as a BIG home-made chocolate cake on the tea time-table and although I am primarily a savoury person (cheese, bread and pies are my downfall) I do love a slice of chocolate cake now and then.  And, as it is Chocolate Week… 

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Giveaway: 2 Months belVita Breakfast biscuits & Fruit Basket RRP: £60

Belivita Breakfast Giveaway Lavender and Lovage

Giveaway: 2 Months belVita Breakfast biscuits & Fruit Basket RRP: £60 I am delighted to share a NEW giveaway with you, and a really tasty one too! The folks over at Belivita Breakfast HQ have very kindly offered all Lavender and Lovage readers the chance to win over TWO MONTHS of their delicious Crunchy Chocolate… 

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