Recipe: nettle and wild garlic soup

Nettle and wild garlic soup recipe Decorator's Notebook blog

Many people aren’t that keen on the idea of eating stinging nettles. If you’re one of them, I urge you to try this delicious recipe for Nettle and Wild Garlic Soup so I can change your mind! Nettles are young and plentiful in spring and they’re packed with health benefits too – the leaves are… 

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Chocolate Cloud Cake

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{Photographs: Decorator’s Notebook | Recipe: adapted from Sophie Dahl} I’ve never been to heaven, but I bet this is what angels eat for breakfast. Light as a feather, gooey in the middle and completely flourless, this may not be the prettiest cake you’ve ever made, but I promise you it will be one of the… 

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Finnish Cinnamon and Cardamom Buns

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I am a HUGE fan of Kinfolk magazine and their new cookbook will be firmly on my Christmas list. If this recipe for Pulla (a Finnish bread flavoured with cinnamon and cardamom) is anything to go by, it’s going to be my new favourite. {all Parker Fitzgerald for Kinfolk Table} I just love the flavours… 

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A hungry girl’s guide to chicken-keeping: part 1

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You don’t need to be good at maths (and I’m not) to know that three chickens, one person at home and everyone else on holiday means an awful lot of these… Our three lovely chickies have been laying one egg each a day and even though I’ve been giving them to the neighbours… well, when… 

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15-minute make: rhubarb mojito

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I love rhubarb. I love mojitos. No further explanation needed. Rhubarb Mojito for each glass 65 ml  white rum 4 tablespoons rhubarb syrup (recipe below) 5 mint leaves 1 tablespoon lime juice ½ teaspoon lime zest pinch nutmeg lots of crushed ice thinly sliced rhubarb and mint sprigs to garnish   1) Pop the nutmeg,… 

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15-minute make: garlic, rosemary and chilli almonds

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With the bank holiday weekend approaching and drinks with friends (or if we’re lucky, a picnic) on the horizon, these spicy nibbles are perfect for today’s quick recipe. And yes, clock-watching readers – you’ll be well shy of 15 minutes on this one. Let’s just say I’ve given you five minutes to collect the rosemary… 

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15-minute make: homemade honeycomb

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When I was doing my A-levels I had a Saturday job as a waitress in a local hotel. On my way back and forth to the pot wash I’d stop by the pastry kitchen to watch and scrounge. It was there I discovered the alchemy that is homemade honeycomb (cinder toffee). I think it’s one… 

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15-minute make: mulled wine syrup

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Here’s an odd quirk of mine – I really dislike wine (red, white, rose, sparkling – everything) but I love mulled wine. I’m not sure what that says about my taste buds, but it makes perfect sense to me! So, today’s 15-minute make is a gently-spiced mulled wine recipe that just tastes like Christmas… and… 

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