Hearty Lentil Soup

Here is a hearty lentil soup using herbs available at this time of year. Perfect for cold wet days like today: 1 onion finely chopped, 1 large carrot finely chopped, 1 leek sliced, 2 stalks celery finely chopped, 4 cloves garlic crushed, small chilli chopped, 400g tin chopped tomatoes, ½ cup green lentils, 1 litre vegetable stock or water, salt,...

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Maybowle - using sweet woodruff

Sweet woodruff (Galium Odoratum). A beautiful white flowering spring herb for shady/woody places, – it has a crystalline substance - courmarin - which when dried smells of new mown hay.it has been used in the perfume industry to disguise unpleasant smells and to help fix more pleasant ones. It was used as both a strewing herb,  hung in bunches or...

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Lavender and Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Lavender and Chocolate Chip Cookies  250g butter at room temperature 125g sifted icing sugar 1 tsp lavender flowers 100g plain chocolate in small chunks 225g sifted plain flour Beat the butter and icing sugar together until smooth. Add the lavender flowers and chocolate. Slowly add the plain flour and bring the mixture together by hand. Wrap in...

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Lovage and Apricot Stuffing

Lovage and Apricot Stuffing  4 rashers streaky smoked bacon chopped into small pieces 1 onion chopped 1 tsp olive oil 2 sticks celery chopped 2tbsps dried apricots chopped 150g breadcrumbs 150g sausagemeat 1 heaped tsp lovage chopped  Heat the oli in a pan and gently fry the bacon and onion before adding the celery and apricots. Cook for a further...

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Black Peppermint Chocolate Truffles

Black Peppermint Chocolate Truffles 175mls double cream 4 bruised stalks (with leaves attached) of black peppermint 1 bruised vanilla pod 100g plain chocolate Break the chocolate into small pieces and put in a bowl. Pour the cream into a saucepan and add the peppemint and vanilla. Bring gently to a simmer stirring continuously. Remove the peppermint and vanilla...

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