Aeons ago I met Karen Burns-Booth via Twitter. It was a rainy Monsoon day in 2011 (seems as if the isolated rainy season helped me to make some great friends!) and at the time I was new to blogging and Twitter as well. I don’t remember the details how I came across this lovely lady but I do recall seeing her name popping up everywhere on twitter at the time. Guess what, nothing has changed, the charming Karen with her catchy last name and her food blog, Lavender and Lovage, an inviting “green” & comfortable food corner in the web, has been mesmerizing her readers and fans non-stop with her knowledgeable food posts and seasonal recipes.
Lavender and Lovage, as the name suggest, features a great collection of recipes calling for fresh and dried garden herbs. So, a little herb (and spice) freak like myself considers Lavender and Lovage as a magnificent recipe treasure cove. Whenever I am looking for inspiration, I will pop over and read through Karen’s detailed explanations and almost always I will imagine a quite garden with fresh aromatic European herbs such as thyme, basil, rosemary and the likes. Besides food featuring seasonal ingredients and herbs, Karen also shares old fashioned British recipes from her home country.
Currently, Karen has been living in the west of France for a while now. In general the bits of her live story, which she shared with me in the past, are a vivid exciting adventure of a world lady, who was born in South Africa and who has been lucky to live in various locations in her life. I, the fanatic world and culture lover, have been enthralled by her stories. Each time it is as if I am reading an exciting book!
Learning more about British food while visiting Lavender and Lovage is another much welcomed plus point. I am certainly not a British food expert, so I do cherish seeing recipes for classics such as fish and chips or an old fashioned milk loaf. Each post invites the reader to follow the path of inspiration and let oneself go while trying Karen’s countless favorite recipes from her island. Especially her Old fashioned sweet violet syrup has been on my to do list since ever. It’s a unique recipe that can be used in various ways but I will have to wait until I am in Europe to make this gorgeous family recipe!
I have always been passionate about seasonal food and local produce and I feel sad that so many of our traditional British feasts and festivals are being marginalized and forgotten, something that I am attempting to highlight and remedy with my writing, photography, recipes and food articles.
Karen has been living her dream since her blog has turned into a popular spot in the web. She has taken part in numerous food blogger events in the past. And guess what, last year she was picked once again as a speaker for Food Blogger Connect, the international food blogging conference, along cookbook star David Lebovitz and the award winning photographer Penny de los Santos.
Currently, the Lavender and Lovage lady has been working on her own fantastic recipe collection in form of a soon to be published cookbook! I can’t wait to get hold of Karen’s famed cookbook. Her recipes are definitely spot on and the reason why I always discover something amazing on her blog is because she puts lots of thought into each recipe. Traditional recipes for example get a little spin with seasonal and popular ingredients, turning them into new gems, which of course we love and cherish!
If you are like me, then you are going to be glad to have come across such a brilliant food blogger such as Karen Burns-Booth. Subscribe to her blog or follow her via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Google+!