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Run Your Business whilst Travelling the World – Tips to help you realise two of the most popular dreams, running your own business, and to travel the world.

Tips to help you realise two of the most popular dreams, running your own business, and to travel the world. It’s often thought that to do both of these at once is an impossibility, but the truth is that you can easily ensure that you are able to approach both with some forward planning and helpful tips. If you are equally invested in the world of business and the joys and experiences of travelling, then there’s really no reason that you have to choose between them. But you might well be wondering at this stage: how can you possibly run a business while you are travelling the world? It is actually relatively simple, and it’s something that you should think about if you are keen to really make the most of life. Here a few tips how you could manage this…..

Travel Cheap

The first tip is to try to be thrifty and travel cheap if you are hoping to run your business whilst travelling. That is because you may need to channel as much of your finances as possible into your business venture, whilst being able to travel for as long as possible too. That means finding a variety of ways to keep your travel costs to a minimum, which is something you can do by simply paying attention to what you are spending your money on. You can share cutting the costs of travel by booking well ahead, as well as staying in cheaper accommodation. Where you go also plays a big role in how much money you are likely to spend, so if you need to  save money, you could always make a point of going somewhere that is a little cheaper at first. This could be true when your business is going through a bit of a tough time, or you are in the “Start Up” phase. Once you find an easy solution to this problem by cutting back on costs on both sides due to careful planning, you’ll find it really does make a difference to how easily you can run your business whilst travelling the world at the same time.

Manage Time Zones

It’s important to remember that there is often going to be a difference in time zones, and it’s important that you make sure that you pay attention to that whilst you are travelling. It may sound like a small or even insignificant thing, but the last thing you want is to make the faux pas of waking up your business clients or partners at four in the morning just because you forgot about the time difference. Keep a world clock app displayed on your phone or on your laptop, and make sure that you refer to it frequently, and especially whenever calling home. That way, you will find that it becomes a natural thing for you to do, and you might even find that you start to become something of an expert on time zones too, as I often am when I am travelling! 

You also need to think about time zones when you are making plans with people in your business, as you will have to find a time that works for both of you. Depending on where the two of you are located, that might not be a problem – or it might be a challenge. This is one of those times when you can really benefit from knowing when a meeting could have been an email, so that’s something to think about too.

Make Use Of Temporary Offices

If you are in a major city, you’ll probably find that there is no shortage of office spaces you can hire out to use. The same is true of many smaller cities and towns in many parts of the world too. While part of the fun of running your business while abroad is being able to do so from your laptop in your hotel room (or on the beach…) you will find that it is sometimes necessary to just be able to sit down at a desk for the day to get the work done. That’s something that you could make a point of doing every now and then, and hiring out a temporary office is a great way to do that. These can be shared office spaces or you can sometimes hire your own cubicle, and there will generally always be internet and power points to use, as well as facilities for tea and coffee and snacks too. 

Clearly, these are incredibly useful, and there are a lot of occasions when it might prove necessary to be able to have access to such a place. You might be in a position where you need to send someone a fax, for instance. These offices will usually have a fax machine, but if it doesn’t, then you can simply use a helpful fax from computer service instead – but it’s still good to have the space from which you can work to do that. You might also just find that the act of being in an office for the day means that you encourage yourself to get much more work done, which is something that you can absolutely be sure you are going to be happy about. Make use of temporary offices here and there as much as you need to, and it should make a profound difference to how well you can run your business from abroad.

Video Conferencing

Nowadays, it’s sometimes not necessary to even be in the same room to have a meeting at all. In fact, we could probably turn things around from a climate change perspective if we started to do away with jet-setting business meetings, and relied more instead on simply using video conferencing in order to hold meetings with people. This is something to think about whilst you are travelling, and would reduce your air-miles to a certain extent. Whenever you need to have a meeting with someone, you can absolutely do so, with the use of video conferencing services like Skype, Facetime or other conference services. These are very useful, but there are some things that you will want to consider in order to make them work for you even better.

Firstly, there may be difficulties with video quality, especially if you are in a part of the world with poor internet, or you just happen to be in a blackspot with regard to WiFi. It might be worth trying to keep all the settings on video quality low, so that you can still at least hear each other and see the basics. Secondly, remember again the issue of time zones, and make sure that you find a time which is mutually agreeable. This will mean that you can both be perfectly awake and ready for the meeting, which ensures that you get much more out of it too. Thirdly, you should aim to keep such meetings as to the point and brief as possible, so as to make it a little easier to get through it. You should also think about finding a good spot from which you can talk. It might be that sometimes the only spot you can find is the corner of a busy internet cafe, but this is far from ideal, and it would be much better to call from your hotel room where possible. Be sensitive here too – try not to take too many calls from the luxury of your private pool villa, or on a glorious tropical paradise beach. Your colleagues might start to feel as though you are not really taking things seriously. As long as you follow these tips, you will find that you can easily make good use of video conferencing while you are travelling.

Buy a Cheap Phone

One thing that you will still need to often do is to call home in the more traditional way – in other words, via a phone rather than a video conferencing software. It is a good idea to get yourself a cheap phone which you can take travelling, and to invest in a travel or local SIM which you can put into it in order to comfortably be able to call home. There are many of these on the market, and you might be surprised at how inexpensive they can be. They are certainly cheaper than using a normal SIM to call home, so you should make sure that you have thought about this. As long as you are able to cheaply call home at any time, keeping in touch with the business should be no problem whatsoever.

I hope some of these tips will help to manage your time in a more effective way. If you can do that, you should be able to enjoy your travel for the wonderful thing it is, but also still look after your business in the way you would hope to.

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Piquant Tuna Melt with Smoked Cheese – A spicy grilled open sandwich with tangy tuna salad, served on toasted sourdough bread with smoked Cheddar cheese.

Great Sandwiches of the World An American Classic

I love sandwiches, any kind of sandwich works for me…..toasted, open sandwiches, a burger (yes, I class this as a sandwich!) and even a pre-packed commercial sandwich can hit the spot when I am travelling or I’m Hank Marvin (Cockney rhyming slang for Starvin’) I’ve featured many sandwich recipes on Lavender and Lovage over the years, including other American classics such as THE REUBEN and a PATTY MELT. Then there’s the gentle art of British sarnies that are so loved, EGG & CRESS, WATERCRESS SANDWICHES and a FISH FINGER BUTTY. Other more exotic sandwiches to feature on Lavender & Lovage is the French PAN BAGNAT and the VIETNAMESE BÁNH MÌ SANDWICH.

Pan Bagnat


Reuben Sandwich

And, as an avid baker (and bread baker) I love using alternative vehicles for a sandwich fillings, such as scones, muffins, pitta bread and wraps. But, today’s post and recipe is another American classic, the TUNA MELT, but for a slightly updated version, Piquant Tuna Melt with Smoked Cheese. Using some of my homemade sourdough bread, and a classic tuna salad recipe, I’ve added smoked Cheddar cheese for an extra flavour layer, as well as a smidgen of chilli sauce in in the tuna salad for a wee piquant kick.

Camembert & Apple Scones with Honey Butter

Cheese Scones with Peppadew Spread

Cheese and Oat Scones (with assorted savoury toppings)

So is there any history attached to the classic American Tuna Melt? Well according to Monte Mathews who writes for “Chewing the Fat”, these are some of the supposed origins of this famous sandwich:

“According a writer named Warren Bobrow, the Tuna Melt was invented in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr Bobrow writes that about 1965, at the Woolworth’s lunch counter on King Street, the ‘ladies’ were working at their assigned tasks while Chef Bo filled orders. One came in as follows: “I‘ll have a grilled cheese sandwich, white bread with a smear of mayo and slices of American cheese, “just as you like it”.  Then according to Bobrow, ‘atop the griddle on a shelf, a freshly made tuna salad sits of the edge…and, as if guided by a hidden hand, the contents tip over, falling on the grilled cheese. Voilà! The Tuna Melt is born!”  A tall tale no doubt because it gives no explanation for the fact that the English have an identical sandwich called ***Tuna Alex or Tuna James and not Tuna Bo.  Finally, there’s reason to believe that the popularity of the Tuna Melt was largely the work of Kraft Foods who wanted to prove the versatility of their Velveeta Cheese” Chewing the Fat

***I have to say, I am English and I have never heard of a Tuna Alex or Tuna James, but, I’ll do some research into them!”

My recipe for Piquant Tuna Melt with Smoked Cheese is shared below, which is essentially a recipe for tuna salad, and then the method for using it in a tuna melt sandwich. Please do let me know if you make it and what your favourite sandwich is! See you soon, Karen 

What’s your favourite sandwich? Do you have a recipe you can share here for it?

Piquant Tuna Melt with Smoked Cheese
Serves 6
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 8 minutes
Total time 38 minutes
Allergy Egg, Wheat
Meal type Lunch, Salad, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party
Region American
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
Piquant Tuna Melt with Smoked Cheese - A spicy grilled open sandwich with tangy tuna salad, served on toasted sourdough bread with smoked Cheddar cheese.
    Tuna Salad
    • 280g tin of chunky tuna fish in spring water (or 2 x 142g tins)
    • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 2 celery ribs, trimmed and very finely minced/diced
    • 2 tablespoons finely diced dill pickles (or cornichons)
    • 1 small red onion, peeled and very finely diced
    • 1 teaspoon English mustard (or Dijon mustard)
    • Large bunch of fresh parsley (finely chopped)
    • 1 teaspoon hot Sriracha chilli sauce
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    To serve
    • Sourdough toast (1 x thick slice per person)
    • 40g smoked Cheddar cheese (per person)
    • Fresh vine tomatoes
    • Dill Pickles or cornichons
    • Fresh chopped parsley or celery leaves

    Piquant Tuna Melt with Smoked Cheese - A spicy grilled open sandwich with tangy tuna salad, served on toasted sourdough bread with smoked Cheddar cheese.

    Step 1 Gently break up the tuna fish and add it to a mixing bowl. Add the remaining tuna salad ingredients with the tuna and mix together. (DO NOT OVER MIX, try to keep the tuna fairly chunky)
    Step 2 Heat the grill and toast the sourdough bread (on a greaseproof paper covered baking sheet) on one side only.
    Step 3 Spoon the tuna salad mixture over the UN TOASTED side of the bread, then arrange the slices of smoked cheese over the tuna salad, completely covering it.
    Step 4 Place under the grill again, on the greaseproof paper covered baking sheet, and grill for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown.
    Step 5 Garnish with chopped parsley or celery leaves. Serve straight away with tomatoes, dill pickles and crisps.
    Step 6 Excess tuna salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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    Aubergine & Tomato Curry with Indian Flatbreads: A bright and vibrant vegetarian curry that is bursting with flavour. The curry is served with quick and easy non-yeast recipe for Indian style flatbreads, which are made with yogurt, flour, salt and butter, and are the perfect accompaniment with the curry.


    Today’s recipes for Aubergine & Tomato Curry with Indian Flatbreads were created specially as part of my ongoing collaboration with STOVES. I love their concept of “Staying In In”, basically, it’s all about staying in, as in staying at home, with good food and wine, good friends and treasured family. It’s about going that extra mile and making a night in extra special. The food is an essential part of “Staying In-In” as it forms the centre of a cosy, warm evening (or lunchtime) where the home cook can show off their skills, but in a special and very inclusive way. By sharing lovingly cooked food with your guests, there’s no need to venture out and your lucky diners can also stay the night for the ultimate “Staying In-In” experience. And, today’s recipes are perfect for a Friday Night “Fake Away”, a real “Staying In In” curry feast treat, with a vegetarian curry, flatbreads and rice.

    All of my recipes, and the rice, was cooked on my fabulous STOVES Richmond Deluxe 900DFT range cooker. I cooked all of today’s recipes on the gas hob top, even the flatbreads, as I have an optional griddle plate that came with my range, (comes as standard with the Deluxe) which is so useful for quick bread as well as cooking breakfasts. My range is the 900mm model, which is big enough for my kitchen. It has five gas burners on the hob-top and four electric ovens with proflex splitter, which converts 3 ovens into 4, and is a handy function for all my cooking and baking needs.  I have shared the recipe cards for the Aubergine & Tomato Curry with Indian Flatbreads below, as well as a quick method for perfectly fluffy rice. I also have another recipe that I created with STOVES here: MINI BEEF WELLINGTONS WITH BOOZY BERRY SAUCE. I hope you enjoy today’s recipes, and do let me know if you make them at all, Karen 


    Aubergine and Tomato Curry
    Serves 4
    Prep time 20 minutes
    Cook time 50 minutes
    Total time 1 hours, 10 minutes
    Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
    Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
    Misc Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
    Occasion Casual Party
    Region Indian
    By author Karen S Burns-Booth
    Aubergine and Tomato Curry: A bright and vibrant vegetarian curry that is bursting with flavour. Fresh coriander, ginger and lime zest adds extra vibrancy.
    • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
    • 1 large onion (peeled and diced)
    • 2.5cm fresh ginger (peeled and finely minced)
    • 4 cloves garlic (peeled and finely minced)
    • 1 tablespoon Madras curry powder
    • 1 teaspoon dried coriander
    • 1 teaspoon dried cumin
    • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
    • 2 aubergines, diced into even size pieces
    • 450g cherry tomatoes
    • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
    • Zest of 1 lime
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped (plus extra for garnish)
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Aubergine and Tomato Curry: A bright and vibrant vegetarian curry that is bursting with flavour. Fresh coriander, ginger and lime zest adds extra vibrancy.

    Step 1 Add the oil to a large lidded pan and heat over a medium heat until hot. Fry the onion for 5 to 6 minutes until soft and then add the ginger, garlic, curry powder and spices and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes stirring all the time.
    Step 2 Stir in the tomato puree and the chopped aubergines and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the fresh and tinned tomatoes, then reduce the heat and simmer over a gentle heat with the lid on for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the lid continue to cook for a further 10 minutes.
    Step 3 After 10 minutes, add the lime zest, lime juice and fresh coriander and cook for a minute or 2. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
    Step 4 Serve on a bed of steamed rice with naan breads/flat breads, mango chutney and the extra coriander sprinkled over the top.
    Step 5 Curry can be frozen once cooked for up to 3 months. Defrost in the container overnight and reheat over a gentle heat.

    Quick Indian Flatbreads
    Serves 5 to 6
    Prep time 15 minutes
    Cook time 10 minutes
    Total time 25 minutes
    Allergy Milk, Wheat
    Dietary Vegetarian
    Meal type Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish, Snack
    Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
    Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party
    Region Indian
    By author Karen Burns-Booth
    Quick Indian Flatbreads:Quick and easy non-yeast recipe for Indian style flatbbreads, made with yogurt, flour, salt and butter, these are perfect with curry.
    • 150g white SR flour (or SR wholemeal flour)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 150g thick Greek style yogurt
    • 4 tablespoons ghee (or clarified butter and vegetable oil)

    Quick Indian Flatbreads:Quick and easy non-yeast recipe for Indian style flatbbreads, made with yogurt, flour, salt and butter, these are perfect with curry.

    Step 1 Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix to form a dry dough, adding extra flour if needed. Knead for a minute or two and them wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for half an hour.
    Step 2 Divide the dough into 5 or 6, then roll each portion into a ball and flatten with a rolling pin to form round or oval discs about 2mm thick.
    Step 3 Grease a griddle or a heavy-based skillet/pan with a little butter or oil and cook the flatbreads over a medium heat for about 2 to 3 minutes each side until they are golden brown and have puffed up slightly. Serve with curry.

    How Cook Rice:

    1. Measure the rice into a jug or cup, allow 75g per person.

    2. Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear.

    3. Pour the rice into a lidded pan, and then add the water – you need double the amount of water to rice. So, 2 cups or 150ml to every 75g of rice.

    4. Add a pinch of salt and bring the rice and water to the boil, stirring once or twice to make sure its all evenly distributed.

    5. As soon as the rice has been brought to the boil, then the heat down to the lowest setting, put the lid on and allow to rice to simmer for 10 minutes. DO NOT TAKE THE LID OFF!

    6. After 10 minutes, remove the lid and check the rice, the liquid should have all gone and the rice will be soft and fluffy, and soft to the bite. If it’s not cooked, replace the lid and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes, checking after a minute.

    7. Once cooked, fluff the rice up with a fork and serve straight away.


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    Living Your Best Life: 10 Home Essentials That Will Boost Your Quality Of Living. Some tips on ways you can improve your home, to help relax and recharge.

    Want to live your best life? Well, you could start by looking at ways you can improve your home. As it’s our homes are where we usually relax and recharge, thus enabling us to do our best in life, making them as comfortable as possible is important. You can read all my tips about how to do this in my post below.

    A new bed 

    Sleep, it makes up around a third of our lives, and without it, in the right amounts, we can struggle to function in the world. With that in mind, ensuring you have the most comfortable bed in your home, in which to sink into every night isn’t just a luxury but a necessity.

    Choosing a mattress - YouTube

    Of course, to be able to pick the right bed and mattress combo, you do need to think carefully about the way that you sleep. The reason being that those that spend most of the night asleep on their back can go for a much softer mattress than those that sleep on their sides or fronts. This is because the side and front sleepers will need additional support for their body and joints during the night, or they may risk waking up and having a more disturbed sleep session. This is something that can seriously affect not only their mood but their performance in everyday life as well.

    A smart hub 

    Next, if you are looking for an item to add to your home that will boost your quality of life, a smart hub is definitely something you should consider. This is because it’s a small, relatively inexpensive device that will allow you centralised control of many of the facilities in your home, including temperature, security, lighting, and entertainment.

    Of course, what this means is that with minimal effort, you can create the ideal living conditions inside your property. This being something that will undoubtedly have a positive effect on your standard of living, both on a day to day basis, and over the long term as well. 

    A home gym

    We all know that moving our bodies and staying physically fit is crucial if we want to have a better quality of life. In fact, moving doesn’t only keep our body fit and healthy but can significantly help to reduce stress and boost our mood as well. 

    How To: Set Up an At-Home Gym + Giveaway! - YouTube

    That is why you may consider adding a home gym to your home. A place where you can go and exercise no matter what the weather, or how little time you have. In fact, for many people, installing a home gym can help to boost their motivation to work out as well, as there really is no excuse not to work up a sweat when you have the equipment you need in your very own home.

    Obviously, what to include in your home gym will differ in relation to personal requirements, but many people like to add a weight bench and weights, something that can easily be accommodated in a residential environment. Additionally, including an exercise machine in your home gym,  such as a treadmill, exercise bike, or elliptical trainer that focuses on cardio workouts can work really well too, especially if weight maintenance and mood boost are your aims.

    An indoor garden 

    You may think that gardening is something that should be out of doors, but this isn’t always the case. In fact, it is entirely possible to grow many plants, including fruits and vegetables inside. 

    Of course, growing your own fruits and vegetables is something that can have a positive impact on your standard of living, as not only will it ensure that your diet is rich in essential minerals and nutrients, but you can monitor precisely what goes into the growing process as well. Something that means you can avoid any nasty pesticides and keep your diet as clean as possible. 

    Do remember though, that to get the best crops when growing fruits and vegetables indoors you will need to use a hydroponic setup like the ones Nutriculture offer online. The reason being that using the right nutrient solutions along with lights will ensure you get full-size and healthy vegetables, even when growing indoors.

    An outdoor kitchen

    If you thought growing fruits and vegetables inside was a quirky idea, then wait until you hear the next one. Yes, that’s right we are talking about adding a kitchen to the outdoors of your home. 

    In fact, this is something that is incredibly popular in other parts of the world, such as the Mediterranean countries, Australia and the  US, and the UK is finally catching on. Of course, the benefits of an outdoor kitchen is that you can not only cook but do all the preparation and serving of food outside as well, something that will allow you to live a much more alfresco life, which has been shown to boost both mood and health. 

    You can even have a go at building your own outside kitchen if you are working on a smaller budget. Something you can read more about in the video below.

    DIY Modern Outdoor Kitchen and Bar | Modern Builds | EP. 21 - YouTube

    A walk-in wardrobe 

    For all the fashionistas out there, a walk-in wardrobe is something that can definitely boost their quality of life. After all, not only will it make accessing all of your gorgeous individual pieces of clothing and accessories easier, but there is definitely something to be said for being able to see all of your clothes at a glance as well! 

    Most people think that the key to a walk-in wardrobe is space, and while it is undoubtedly vital, organisation is the real essential here. In fact, more than anything else, it’s critical that you include as many rails, shelves, and organisers as you can. Then your walk-in wardrobe will be not only easy to use but also easy to keep clean, tidy, and organised as well. After all, a walk-in closet is something that you will want to improve your standard of living, not damage it by creating more work!

    A rain shower 

    A little luxury in this life is always essential if you want to look and feel you best. That is why another home essential you should consider installing a rain shower. Such devices differ from a regular power shower as they are designed to give you that ‘heavy drop rain’ feeling you would get it you were outside, something that can be very relaxing and soothing as well. 

    Happily, such showers are now freely available for home use, something you can visit houzz.co.uk to get some more information on.

    An “American” style fridge

    Another item that you can add to your home that will help you live your best life is a large double door American refrigerator, just like the ones you see in the movies or on TV. In fact, by having such a device, you can make eating healthy much less hassle, simply because you have more room in which to store essentials like fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t hurt that you can much more easily see everything you have in a single glance either, which makes shopping and cooking much simpler as well. 

    Then, the additional draws and compartments that such appliances contain can be used for chilling drinks and water. Something that can definitely help to keep you as hydrated as possible at all times, and so in an effortless way help to boost your quality of life. 

    Differences Between French Door Refrigerator Vs. Side by Side Fridges - YouTube

    You’ll also find that most America double door refrigerators have integrated ice-making machines and dispensers as well. This being something that can also have a positive effect on the way you live, especially in the hot summer months.

    A double bathroom sink 

    Have you ever noticed that when you go to a luxury hotel, there is always double sink in the bathroom? Well, this is something that you can choose to put in your own home as well. The reason being that by doing so, you can make getting ready in the morning crush in the bathroom much more comfortable. 

    After all, you will have your very own space and won’t have to go around your SO when you want to brush your teeth while they are still doing their hair! Of course, double sinks in the bathroom can look pretty flash and luxe as well, which won’t hurt your standard of living either.

    Adjustable lighting 

    Finally, when it comes to things you can add to your home to boost your quality living, it always pays to remember lighting. Now, you may not think that the lights you have, affect your quality of life that much, but they really do.

    In fact, having the right wattage of bulbs, being able to adjust the brightness, and even having attractive light fittings over purely functional ones can all make a massive difference to your home and how you feel. 

    To that end, investing in lighting that is not only aesthetically pleasing but where the brightness can also be adjusted at different times in the day is something that can certainly help you live your best life. 

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    Wild Garlic & Three Cheese Tomato Tart – A delightful summery tart (quiche) which makes good use of seasonal cherry tomatoes as well as odds and ends of cheese that may be lurking in the fridge, as well as ready-made puff pastry. (Use 2 cloves of chopped bulb garlic when wild garlic is out of season)

    Easy Summer Recipe for Picnics and Lunch Boxes

    Finally, summer seems to have arrived with long, balmy days of unfettered sunshine and crystal clear azure skies. And, with it comes the desire to eat “sur l’herbe”, to spend less time in the kitchen and enjoy the outdoors. Today’s recipe for Wild Garlic & Three Cheese Tomato Tart is just the recipe you may have been looking for……using ready-made puff pastry (yes, PUFF pastry and NOT shortcrust pastry as is usually used in tarts and quiches) with seasonal cherry tomatoes on the vine. I had a few leaves of wild garlic left in the garden, hiding behind some bushy shrubs, which went into this tart, as well as some bits of cheese that were lurking at the back of the fridge. The tart was made recently for B and B guests who were staying with us, and it was proclaimed to be a culinary triumph! The leftovers were devoured by us next day, in the manner of an indoor picnic, with salad and cold potatoes.

    This Wild Garlic & Three Cheese Tomato Tart looks so elegant that people will think you have slaved over a hot mixing bowl to make it, but, it is simplicity itself. To make sure my generous filling was contained in the pastry case, I added an extra “rim” to the tart before baking, which looks great, I think you’ll agree, and worked a treat. The combination of Cheddar, Cheshire and feta cheese also worked very well, but you can of course use any odds and ends of cheese you have at your disposal, maybe making it a two cheese tart, or even a five cheese tart! I know that quiches and tarts are usually made with shortcrust pastry, but I love the lightness and flakiness of puff pastry in this style of open-face pie. One tip, to make sure you don’t have the dreaded “soggy bottom”, you need to bake the tart in a slightly cooler oven than usual for puff pastry, and for longer. The results I think, speak for themselves as you can see from my photos – you will be rewarded with light puffy, pastry case filled with a creamy cheesy custard.

    If you are bereft of wild garlic, never fear, add some extra spring onion tops (green onions/scallions) and a couple of cloves of bulb garlic. Having said that, if you’ve had the foresight to freeze some wild garlic, then that’s just fine and dandy too. Serve just slightly warm (at room temperature) after baking, or cold with salad and new potatoes. And, as I mentioned before, this luscious tart is very well-behaved when taken on picnics or when packed in the school or office lunch box. One more tip, just before serving, you can ease the stems off the vine tomatoes, the tomatoes will stay in place for that aesthetic look, but your guests won’t be chewing on baked tomato vines! The recipe is shared below on printable recipe card, and if you make this, PLEASE let me know how it was, and maybe what cheeses you used too! Have a great weekend, and see you next week with more recipes and traveller’s tales from home and abroad. Karen 

    Wild Garlic & Three Cheese Tomato Tart
    Serves 7 to 8 slices
    Prep time 30 minutes
    Cook time 1 hour
    Total time 1 hour, 30 minutes
    Allergy Egg, Milk, Wheat
    Dietary Vegetarian
    Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Snack
    Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
    Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Formal Party
    Region British
    By author Karen S Burns-Booth
    Wild Garlic & Three Cheese Tomato Tart - A delightful summery tart (quiche) that makes good use of seasonal cherry tomatoes as well as odds and ends of cheese that may be lurking in the fridge, as well as ready-made puff pastry. (Use 2 cloves of chopped bulb garlic when wild garlic is out of season)
    • 375g ready made puff pastry
    • Butter, for greasing
    • 6 free-range eggs
    • 150ml full fat milk
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 125g grated Cheddar cheese (mature or vintage Cheddar is best)
    • 75g feta cheese, crumbled
    • 75g Cheshire cheese, crumbled (Wensleydale can be used too)
    • Small bunch of spring onions (trimmed and finely diced)
    • Handful of wild garlic leaves (about 12 to 16 leaves, finely chopped)
    • Cherry tomatoes on the vine (about 20 to 25 in small bunches)
    • Extra wild garlic for the garnish (finely chopped)

    Wild Garlic & Three Cheese Tomato Tart - A delightful summery tart (quiche) that makes good use of seasonal cherry tomatoes as well as odds and ends of cheese that may be lurking in the fridge, as well as ready-made puff pastry. (Use 2 cloves of chopped bulb garlic when wild garlic is out of season)

    Step 1 Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4. Grease a 22cm (9") pie plate/dish with butter and then line it with baking parchment.
    Step 2 If the pastry is ready-rolled, line the pie plate/dish with the pastry, leaving a wide strip of pastry for the edge of the crust. Ease the pastry into the lined pie plate/dish but do NOT stretch as it will shrink during baking. Take the strip of remaining pastry and cut it into 2 or 3 pieces, then wet the underside before adding it around the edge of the pastry to raise the crust higher - push it gently to make it stick to the existing pastry.
    (If pastry is in a block, roll the pastry out to fit the pie plate/dish and proceed as above)
    Step 3 Beat the eggs with the milk and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the grated Cheddar cheese to the egg and milk mixture.
    Step 4 Scatter the feta cheese, Cheshire cheese, spring onions and wild garlic over the base of the pastry, then pour the egg and cheese mixture into the tart case.
    Step 5 Arrange the cherry tomatoes on the vine on top, and then scatter the remaining wild garlic over, gently pushing it into the egg and cheese mixture.
    Step 6 Bake in pre-heated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, checking after 30 minutes and turning around if it appears to be browning on one side only. The pastry will be puffed up and golden brown when fully baked, and the filling will be set with just a slight wobble and also golden brown.
    Step 7 Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes before easing the tart out of the plate/dish and placing it on a large serving platter.
    Step 8 Cut into wedges to serve - makes 7 to 8 slices and is just as delicious when completely cold, which makes it suitable for taking on picnics or for the office lunch box.
    Step 9 Not suitable for freezing with the tomatoes, can be frozen without the tomatoes.

    More Tart and Quiche Recipes: Gluten Free Crustless Quiche Lorraine

    Loaded Potato Crustless Quiche with Bacon, Cheese & Onions

    Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner: Asparagus & Cheese Tart

    Cheese, Spring Onion and Tomato Flan

    Heirloom Tomato, Cheese & Herb Galette

    Västerbottensost Cheese Tart

     Wild Garlic and Blue Wensleydale Tart

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    Tips that will Help you to Book A Romantic Getaway for you and your Partner – Romantic getaways are a great way for you to connect with your partner. You can let go of all the stresses and strains of daily life and you can also focus on what’s important, being together! If you want some tips that will help you to book the best romantic break then look below.

    Try and Plan it Together

    Half the fun of going away together is planning your ideal holiday. It helps to write down all of the places you want to visit. You also need to think about the type of holiday you want as well. Of course, it’s important that you only write the things that you both want to do. Sure, some holidays are about compromise but when you want to book a romantic getaway, you need to make sure that you are both on the same page about everything.

    You Don’t Need to go Abroad

    There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a huge airport queue with heavy bags. On top of this, you have to worry about your flight and boarding in general. Sometimes this can take hours, especially during peak times. If you want to get around this then you need to try and look for a romantic destination in your own country. That way, you can take as much time as you need throughout the whole process and you can also make the whole trip way cheaper.  If you want to make your trip even more romantic then it is well worth looking into hotels with private pools.

    Try and Avoid Child-Friendly Destinations

    If you have children, then you will know how fun it can be watching them run, swim and laugh the day away. However, when you are trying to book a romantic vacation, this may not be ideal. You may find that you can’t catch a break and that it’s constantly noisy wherever you go. If you want to avoid this then try and stay away from hotels that are clearly geared towards families. Instead, try and choose somewhere that is more adult, or that focuses on providing a higher-end, more luxury experience. When you do, your vacation will be much more relaxing, and you may even find that you enjoy it more.

    Sort out Money

    Money can be a stressful topic to say the least. With this in mind, you need to make sure that you set your budget together. Think about it, is one person paying way more money than the other? Do you have an agreed amount? How much can you afford together? It helps to plan out for the smallest expenses too so that you don’t end up going overboard. Things like afternoon snacks and even pre-dinner drinks can add hundreds to your bill and you may find that you end up going way over budget as a result.

    Order Room Service

    In the evening, try and order a bottle of champagne and ask for a cooler too. The next day, you can even order some breakfast so that you can relax in bed. This is a very romantic thing to do and you may even find that you wake up feeling even more refreshed as a result. Sometimes you don’t need to go out to have a good time.

    Take a Camera

    When you go away on a romantic break, it helps to take a camera with you. When you do, you can easily photograph the best moments and you can even print them all out when you get home. When you have made a collection of all of the photographs you could ever need, you can then choose to put them in a photo album. This will give you a keepsake and it may even make a great gift for Valentine’s day!

    Break out of your Comfort Zone

    Sometimes it helps to do things that excite and scare you at the same time. It doesn’t matter whether you take a trip to a brand-new town or whether you choose to do an activity that you have never done before because life is about adventure and there is no better way for you to experience it than to be in the heart of it all with your loved one. So sign up for a pottery class when you go away, or even think about going horse riding. When you do, you will be glad you did, and you may even find that you end up making way more memories as a result.

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    3 Thoughts on How to Turn your Passion into Your Career – Tips how to do what you love as your primary day job and source of income.

    You hear it all the time – that the ultimate pinnacle of any professional path would be to reach the point where you are finally able to “pursue your passion” and do what you love as your primary day job and source of income.

    Certain business authors have rejected this idea, and have argued that “passion” is a dangerous and fickle basis for your professional goals, and that the best thing to do is simply to work on developing a skill to a high degree of proficiency, and then staking your career on that – thus allowing “passion” to come later.

    That suggestion is all well and good, but there’s no denying that we all have particular pastimes and activities that inspire us and motivate us, and that being able to make a proper living by indulging in those pastimes would be a great thing, and in many cases, a dream come true as well.

    Clearly, turning your passion into your career isn’t an entirely straightforward or intuitive process – or else everyone would already be doing it. But, nonetheless, there are certain tips and suggestions that may increase the likelihood that you will be able to do so.

    Here are a few thoughts on how to turn your passion into your career…….

    • Get a sense of what you want to achieve, but then focus mostly on establishing and entrenching productive habits and systems

    It’s one thing to get a clear sense of what it is you want to achieve in life, and it’s another thing to become completely obsessed with your “goals,” to the point where you spend every waking day in a state of moderate anxiety, yearning for the moment when you finally “make it.”

    In fact, these anxiety-provoking aspects have earned goals, themselves, criticism from writers such as James Clear, author of the book “Atomic Habits.”

    According to Clear, not only does being goal-focused in this way lead to negative emotion – as you are always yearning for the next accomplishment, and never contenting yourself with the “here and now” – but it also is likely to be an unpredictable and inefficient way of actually ensuring that you are able to move your life in the kind of direction you want to move it in.

    For example, Clear points out that just about everyone in any competitive field has a very precise sense of the goals they want to accomplish – and it would be naïve, at best, to suggest that some of them just “want it more,” than the others, and that this is what separates winners from losers.

    The difference isn’t in the goal itself, or how much the individuals in question “want” that goal, but rather in the specific everyday habits and systems they employ in order to get themselves closer towards the goal.

    Among the various examples he lists in his book, Clear cites the case of the British cycling team, who went from deeply mediocre, to winning the Tour de France for the first time in their history, and then several more times in a row, as a result of tweaking and adjusting relatively small and focused elements of their training, equipment, and routines.

    No doubt, their “goal” had been the same before and after their meteoric rise – the difference was in their habits and systems.

    In order to make your passion into your career, you also need a sense of what it is you want to achieve, but you shouldn’t allow yourself to get too caught up in reflecting on the “goal” itself. Instead, you should focus on identifying and implementing the kinds of daily habits that will realistically help to move you in the right direction.

    • Use smart working strategies and tools to help free up the time to spend developing your passion project

    Time is, of course, a finite resource, and easily one of the most valuable resources that any entrepreneur has at their disposal.

    Money comes and goes, and can be amassed and spent. Time, on the other hand, is uncertain, and once it’s been spent, it’s gone and you can’t do anything to recoup it.

    In order to turn a passion of yours into your career, you simply have to find the time to work on it regularly and consistently, day in and day out, until the benefits begin to accrue.

    But, if you are chronically busy as so many of us are, it might be difficult for you to figure out a way to get that necessary time freed up.

    An excellent approach here can be to use smart-working strategies and tools to help make you more efficient in your day job, and so free up more time to spend on your side projects. Document templates software may save you a deceptively large amount of time, and so may many other assorted productivity-boosting tools.

    • Enjoy the process of doing what it is you do, and don’t get overly caught up in the “strategic” stuff

    Perhaps more than ever, the market is increasingly looking for authenticity, rather than just flashy branding, and ambitious promises.

    Many people are essentially jaded as a result of the ubiquity of advertising, email and newsletter campaigns, and all the rest of the ways in which businesses generally try to grab people’s attention and make a positive impression on them.

    One of the chief benefits of doing something that you’re passionate about, is that “authenticity,” and “enthusiasm” should come as a given – and, when you allow these features to “shine through,” you can expect that your prospective customers and clients will take notice, and will be predisposed to view you in a more positive way than they might otherwise have done.

    Unfortunately, though, people often get in their own way when attempting to market and “create a brand” for their passion projects and dream businesses. Perhaps this is partly a result of the fact that they really want the venture to work out, and so can easily get up overly caught up in the “strategic” stuff, and can come off as insincere as a result.

    Don’t get too obsessed with presenting a certain brand image to the people you interact with. Instead, do what you do, be honest, and let your passion speak for itself.

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    Wimbledon Pimm’s Cream Tea Recipes:Two delightful seasonal recipes for Pimm’s Strawberry Jam and Cream Scones for Game, Set and Match this Wimbledon season!

    Wimbledon Pimm’s Strawberry Jam and Cream Scones

    It’s the start of several weeks of tennis, and by tennis I mean that quintessential of all tennis tournaments, Wimbledon. Along with shouts of “deuce” from the umpire, and the sound of the oohs and aahs as well-known tennis players battle it out with unknown players, there’s always “Strawberries and Cream” with a glass of Pimm’s to look forward too, as well as the game of course. But, if you are at home watching Wimbledon at home on the television, then why not elevate the tradition a wee bit, and make and bake a special Wimbledon Afternoon Tea? You can still enjoy strawberries and cream, as well as a cheeky glass of Pimm’s, but as part of a cream tea with home-made fluffy fruit scones and Pimm’s strawberry jam.

    My two recipes for Pimm’s Strawberry Jam and Cream Scones below are easy to make, and all you need is one punnet (500g) of strawberries to make the jam, as well as a bottle of Pimm’s and sugar too of course. The recipe for the fruit scones is a doddle, and the extra special ingredient is cream, which works with the bicarbonate of soda to produce light, fluffy and very big scones, which yield a larger surface area on which to dollop on the jam and extra cream. The two recipes are shared below, and are perfect for all tea time treats, and not just for Wimbledon. Enjoy the tournament this year, and I hope your favourite tennis player wins. Karen

    Pimm’s Strawberry Jam

    (Makes 4 x 250g jars)


    500g fresh hulled strawberries, halved if they are very large

    500g white cane sugar

    Juice of one lemon

    4 tablespoons Pimm’s number one cup


    1. Start the jam off the night before you plan to make it; put the strawberries and sugar in a jam pan and mix well, cover and keep in a cook place overnight.
    2. The next day, gently heat the strawberries and sugar until the sugar has dissolved, and then bring it to a rolling boil and add the lemon juice; boil for about 8 to 10 minutes.
    3. Check for a set after 8 minutes** and when set take the pan of the heat straight away. If the jam has not set, continue to boil, checking every 2 to 3 minutes, until the set has been achieved.
    4. Spoon off any scum that has risen to the top and let the jam settle for 2 to 3 minutes, then stir in the Pimm’s.
    5. Ladle the hot jam into warm, sterilised jam jars and screw the lid on immediately. Label the jars and store in the fridge once opened.

    ** Testing for a set:

    Setting points: Flake test – dip a large spoon into the pan of jam and scoop out a spoonful – hold the spoon horizontally over the pan of jam and allow the jam to drip……setting point has been reached when the jam forms a long drip, like webbed feet, and hangs without dropping from the spoon.

    Cold saucer test – place two or three saucers into the freezer; spoon a spoonful of jam onto the cold saucer, and push it with your finger – setting point has been reached when the jam wrinkles and sets.

    Temperature test – use a sugar thermometer and place the thermometer into a jug of boiling water just before testing for a set; lower the thermometer into the jam and setting point has been reached when the reading is 104.5C (220F)

    Cream Scones

    (Makes 10 large scones)


    450g SR flour

    1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

    ½ teaspoon salt

    110g soft margarine or butter

    75g caster sugar

    75g mixed dried fruit (optional)

    1 large egg, beaten

    150mls single cream

    Milk to glaze


    1. Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Mix the flour with the bicarbonate of soda and the salt, and rub in the margarine or butter until it resembles fine bread crumbs.
    2. Add the sugar and dried fruit if using, and mix well; add the beaten egg and the single cream and mix with a palette knife until you have a soft dough.
    3. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board, and press it down until it is about 2cms thick; stamp out the scones with a scone cutter, glaze them with a little milk and place them onto a greased and/or lined baking tray.
    4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until they are well risen and golden brown.
    5. Allow them to cool slightly in a wire cooling rack and then serve them warm, with butter, jam and cream.
    6. Best eaten on the same day, but they can be frozen once they are cool.

    More SCONE and JAM recipes: Fresh Blueberry Scones

    Old-Fashioned Rose Lemonade Scones

    Victoria Scones 

    Low Calorie Vanilla Bean Scones for a Wimbledon Strawberries & Cream Tea

    Seedless Blackberry Jam

    One Punnet Raspberry Jam

    Pink Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam

    French Set Apricot and Lavender Jam (Confiture)


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    Old Roses, Summer Berries & a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. For my teddy bear’s picnic just in time for National Picnic Week, I’m sharing a flavoured butter recipe for all of your summer picnic sandwiches!

    Image: National Picnic Week

    National Picnic Week 21-30 June 2019

    For June I was going to share another British berry recipe, as June is the start of the raspberry and strawberry season, and, as well as eating them straight from the plant I love to bake with them too. However, the rather inclement, wet summer we’ve all been experiencing has meant that my strawberries are still sulking and my raspberries are ONLY just coming in now. So, I have decided to take you all on a virtual tour of my rose garden with a teddy bear’s picnic at the end of it, just for fun. I have also added a few delectable “British berry” recipes, ones that I make every year, as well as some I have discovered and have bookmarked to make.

    But first, some berry recipes – these are recipes that I make every year and are warmly received on the tea time table. We grow our own strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and currants, and once the initial pleasure of eating them straight from the plant, cane or bush has waned, I can be found in the kitchen baking up a storm, as well as preserving the bountiful harvest. Top tea time favourites are Raspberry Fairy Cakes, Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins, “Whim Wham” – A Scottish Regency Trifle and Traditional 18th Century Raspberry Creams. However, whilst perusing some of Sarah Raven’s Seasonal recipes, I have bookmarked her Frosted redcurrants with Chantilly cream & Almond meringues and Strawberry and basil ice cream to make as soon as my fruit is ready.

    Whereas all of my soft fruits are a trifle tardy this year, my roses are magnificent and all of my old-fashioned shrub roses are in full bloom, imparting beauty and fragrance around the garden. The climbing roses along the back of the old schoolhouse wall are so full of blooms that are bowing under the weight, and every time there is the slightest zephyr of a breeze, the dining hall floor is magically transformed into a rose petal strewn indoor- garden. I have been making rose jam, rose sugar and rose liqueur, as well as crystallising them for cakes and bakes. As well as preserving my delicate rose confetti for future delectation, I have also scattered little glass yogurt jars full of scented blooms all over the house.

    But, I DID promise you a teddy bear’s picnic, and a picnic you shall have. We shall take jammy biscuits, lots of fizzy pop, cakes, a flask of tea and of course some sandwiches. A tartan rug and a wicker picnic hamper are also essential and a selection of teddy bears is top of the list, with my old bear Winston (b.1958) being the king of the teddy bear pack. When it comes to sandwiches I love a classic, so cucumber, egg and cress and ham are top of my list; but, I also love a good coronation chicken sarnie, as well as a lovely open sandwich with edible flowers: Apricot, Cream Cheese & Flower Tartines. And, who can resist a beautifully made Pan Bagnat, that most surprising of French sandwiches which is basically a stuffed Boule (round French loaf) filled with assorted meats, cheese and vegetables.

    So, for my teddy bear’s picnic, I would like to share a flavoured butter recipe for your summer picnic sandwiches; a simple and yet herb scented butter which is perfect for all of your sarnies, whether they be classic or adventurous – Basil & Sea Salt Sandwich Butter. This recipe makes good use of the summer basil that you often have, there is only so much pesto you can make, as well as being perfect for basting meat, fish and vegetables on the barbecue. It goes well with cheese, ham, cold cuts, egg, salad leaves and in particular tomatoes. I make mine with a lovely Anglesey sea salted butter, but, in the absence of sea salted butter you can add your own of course. I hope that the summer will bring you much lemonade with sandwiches and teddy bear’s picnic days – I will see you later this week with more recipes, reviews and travel stories. Karen 

    What is National Picnic Week?

    National Picnic Week aims to encourage people to take the ideal opportunity to get together over a picnic with advice, tips, recipes and information to make sure you have everything from the food and drink to the location or surroundings. Picnicking is one of the UK’s most enjoyable summer traditions, and is a great way of taking advantage of any open spaces in your local area over the warmer months of the year.

    Since National Picnic Week was founded a decade ago, it has grown significantly and become a staple date in the media calendar. Timed at the peak of picnicking season, broadcasters, radio and television channels are keen to get involved.
    More Picnic Recipes: Get Summer Started with a Picnic in your Garden with Lots of Picnic Recipes

     My TOP Picnic Recipes

    Zuri’s South African Picnic Bread

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    Eton Mess with Strawberries and Elderflower Cream – A seasonal twist on a classic, traditional Eton Mess with squidgy meringues, fresh strawberries and whipped elderflower cream.

    For Summer Parties!

    I have been saving this recipe for Eton Mess with Strawberries and Elderflower Cream for a week or two now, hoping that “Flaming June” would make her appearance, but sadly to date it’s been “Wet and Windy June”.  Eton Mess has to be one of my favourite summer desserts, and, once the meringues are made it’s a doddle to assemble. Eton Mess is a classic English dessert which was first mentioned in print in 1893, and is widely believed to originate from the famous public school, Eton College, hence its name. It’s thought that it was first served at an annual cricket match between Eton College and Harrow School, as part of a traditional cricket tea. The original recipe as served in the college “Sock-Shop” aka “Tuck Shop” during the 1930’s, was made with mashed bananas and ice cream, with meringue and strawberries being added a few years later.

    And, there is a similar dessert known as the “Lancing Mess” which is made with bananas, meringues and cream that is associated with Lancing College in West Sussex. The word “mess” is used in British recipes frequently, and historically it means several ingredients that have been mixed together, rather than a derogatory term for something bad! There is a similar Scottish version, that I also love, called“Cranachan”, comprising cream, honey, toasted oats, raspberries and Scotch whisky, of course. Whatever mess you decide to make, one thing’s for sure, as we are in the midst of British soft fruit season, now is definitely the time to make one of these delicious, fruit-loaded desserts using fresh British fruit. So, today, I’m going with Eton Mess with Strawberries and Elderflower Cream.

    The addition of elderflower cordial to the cream adds a lovely, floral and delightfully scented twist to this classic pudding, especially when using my homemade Old Fashioned English Elderflower Cordial in the recipe. I love serving my Eton Mess recipe with edible flowers, as it extends that floral element right through to the table and makes the dessert look regal with a certain rustic elegance. I also love the idea of serving this creamy, fruit loaded dessert in water glasses, or even wine glasses, and in the past I have also served them in tea cups (on saucers) for that quintessential English look. However you decide to serve this recipe for Eton Mess, it’s sure to be a winner at any summer parties, fetes or family gatherings. You can make the meringues a few days or a week ahead, and then assemble them an hour before serving, meaning you can sit down to enjoy the party yourself.

    The recipe for Eton Mess with Strawberries and Elderflower Cream is shared below and so let me know if you make these dreamy, creamy desserts this summer, and what occasion it was for! Karen 

    Eton Mess with Strawberries and Elderflower Cream
    Serves 4 to 6
    Prep time 30 minutes
    Cook time 1 hour, 30 minutes
    Total time 2 hours
    Allergy Egg
    Dietary Vegetarian
    Meal type Dessert
    Misc Child Friendly, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
    Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Easter, Formal Party, Valentines day
    Region British
    By author Karen Burns-Booth
    Eton Mess with Strawberries and Elderflower Cream - A seasonal twist on a classic, traditional Eton Mess with squidgy meringues, fresh strawberries and whipped elderflower cream.
    • 2 large free-range egg whites
    • 130g caster sugar
    • 450g strawberries (hulled, and roughly chopped)
    • 450ml double cream or whipping cream
    • 1 tablespoon elderflower cordial
    • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
    • strawberry halves (to garnish)
    • fresh mint leaves and edible flowers (to garnish)

    Eton Mess with Strawberries and Elderflower Cream - A seasonal twist on a classic, traditional Eton Mess with squidgy meringues, fresh strawberries and whipped elderflower cream.

    Step 1 Pre-heat oven to 120C/250F/Gas mark 1 and line a large baking sheet with non-stick baking paper.
    Step 2 Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until they hold stiff peaks - you can check this if you like by holding the bowl upside down!
    Step 3 Add the caster sugar gradually in 3 to 4 lots, whisking after each addition.
    Step 4 When all the sugar has been added you should have a glossy meringue mixture with stiff peaks that holds its shape.
    Step 5 *Spoon dollops of the meringue onto the prepared baking sheet and bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for one to one and a half hours until the meringues are dry, cooked and come away from the baking paper with ease. Leave to cool and store in an airtight container until needed.
    *You can also pipe some meringues in small star shapes, to add as a garnish to the the desserts on serving.
    Step 6 Blitz half of the strawberries or crush them with a potato masher, to make a thick strawberry compote type sauce.
    Step 7 In a large bowl, whisk the cream with the elderflower cordial and icing sugar until it is thick and has soft peaks. DO NOT over whisk, or you will end up with butter!
    Step 8 Roughly crush three-quarters of the meringues and tip them in with the remaining chopped strawberries, mix together gently. Add the cream and again mix gently a not to make a big pink mess!
    Step 9 Spoon the Eton Mess mixture into water or wine glasses, scatter over the remaining crushed meringues, and then spoon over the strawberry compote sauce.
    Step 10 Decorate with strawberries, fresh mint leaves and edible flowers.


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