Moroccan mint tea

Given to us by Antoine - our French intern student this year. His girlfriend Souzannah is half Moroccan and this is a family recipe. Put 2g green tea into hot (not boiling) water for three minutes to take bitterness out of the leaves. Strain and then put the wet green tea leaves into a saucepan with 5g fresh mint (Moroccan or spearmint) Add 1 litre of water and...

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Potato, leek, mushroom and dill puff pie

Ingredients 1 large leek 350g button mushrooms sliced 500g potatoes peeled and diced 2 tbsp white wine squeeze lemon juice small bunch dill chopped 125g mascarpone 1 tbsp plain flour 100mls potato cooking water pepper salt butter puff pastry   Cover the potatoes with water, bring to the boil and simmer until just cooked Meanwhile halve the leeks...

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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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