- 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,...Read more..
- 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...Read more..
- 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...Read more..
- 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...Read more..
- 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...Read more..