Each Friday at 10am we invite a Foodies100 member to share their favourite ten posts with us. If you’d like to share some of your favourite reads then get in touch with our editor Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll get a link back to your own site and other social platforms, as well as the opportunity to introduce yourself to a bunch of new readers.Today, we’ve got Karen from Lavender and Lovage picking her Ten at Ten.
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We are really springing into spring now with Mothering Sunday just a few days away and the sun making a more regular appearance, although it’s still cold in the early mornings. I have also noticed more and more spring flowers in the hedgerows, as well as the birds in my garden busying themselves with nest building. So, when I thought about what topic I would cover this week for Ten at Ten, it seemed wholly suitable to celebrate spring with a round up of my ten favourite spring recipes from some Foodies 100 blogs.
The first post that caught my eye was over at Vohn’s Vittels. She has been foraging and posted a fabulous review of her recent organised trip – A “spring tonic” canal walk with Anna Channing. The walk was organised by The Edinburgh Larder and Vohn also shares lots of interesting photos of what she picked and also what she ate – thick cheese and salad sandwiches with wild garlic pesto as well as frittata and a selection of salads.
My next visit was over to see Jenny at Jenny Eatwell’s Rhubarb & Ginger – it was her recent review post that I enjoyed, mainly because she had shared a selection of very tasty spring sandwich ideas, using spreadable goats’ cheese. The spreadable goat’s cheese with ham and with cherry tomatoes looked amazing, as did several other sandwich recipe ideas!
Feeling in need of something sweet, I made my way to Veggie Desserts and was immediately taken with Kate’s chocolate-covered beets and sweet potatoes with lavender beet salt. I LOVE Kate’s use of veggies in her dessert recipes, and she goes way beyond the usual carrot and courgette cakes, with such innovative ideas that look extraordinarily tasty. Her latest post for these chocolate covered vegetables look so pretty with their lavender salt finish, and her photos are stunning.
Sian over at Fish Fingers For Tea has also been baking with veggies too, and these lovely little bite sized carrot cakes with honey orange glaze really shout out ‘spring’ to me. I can just see them on the Mother’s Day tea table this Sunday. Sian says she doesn’t do dainty normally, but I promise you these wee cakes are delightfully dainty and they sound (and look) wonderful!
How does a triple layer strawberry jam cake sound? It sounds very celebratory to me, and Dom over at Belleau Kitchen made this for some friends’ spring engagement party. Two layers of cake are usually sufficient for me, but Dom has gone the extra “buttercream and jam mile” with this recipe and we all treated to THREE layers of fluffy sponge cake with oodles of frosting and filling.
Nothing shouts spring more to me than a good batch of marmalade; technically speaking it is a late winter preserve, but you can still source Seville oranges in March, and Camilla from Fab Food 4 All shows off her amazing batch of Simple Shredless Orange Marmalade that’s made with normal oranges and not Seville oranges. It looks so pretty lined up in the spring sunshine.
Ali from Over a Cuppa shares a beautiful and very comforting spring is on the way soup recipe – using a plethora of green veggies as well as spring greens, this soup is just the ticket for a comforting meal after a day digging in the garden maybe, or for a simple and nourishing lunch. It also has a goodly amount of the new season’s mint in it, which must add a wonderful flavour.
Staying in the soup path, Meemalee also shares a wonderful recipe for smoky bacon and watercress noodle soup. Like me, she has noticed a sudden chill in the spring air and needed a comforting bowl of soup to warm her up, but a light and fresh tasting soup, not a winter rib sticking soup! I love the addition of noodles to this soup recipe and if her photos are anything to go by, it looks amazing!
What can be more spring-like than the mention of chocolate and eggs?! Jemma over at Iced Gems has come up with a stunning recipe for a no-bake Crème Egg cheesecake. She uses all the usual cheesecake suspects such as cream cheese, biscuits, cream and sugar as well as some mini crème eggs, both in the cheesecake and on top! Lushness personified!
And finally, Jeanne over at Cooksister has come up with my “new to-go to” spring breakfast and brunch recipe, poached eggs, spinach, Boursin and mushrooms on toast. I look forward to the new baby spinach leaves that start arriving in the shops in February, and as my hens are in full “spring laying mode” this is just the recipe for me and mine! If you aren’t convinced, then just pop over to see how divine this breakfast recipe sounds and looks.
I hope you have all enjoyed my Ten at Ten for Foodies 100 this week – it was as I mentally planned it to be, an eclectic variety of super spring recipes that span soups, cakes, sandwiches and preserves, as well as bit of foraging thrown in for good measure too. Have a great week and if you are a mum, have a wonderful Mothering Sunday and eat lots of cake!