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Lemon Sponge Cake with Edible Flowers

Welcome to Tastebotanical

If you are tired of artificial flavourings  which do not capture the zing and depth of natural ingredients you are in the right place!    I make simple, seasonal recipes which are mainly vegetarian.  Home-made versions of lots of your favourite recipes are easier than you might think  and taste so much better than shop-bought equivalents.   You can also give them an easy twist to make them a little bit different. 

I am passionate about using the natural ingredients that grow in my garden and in the countryside around my home, and those that come from more exotic locations, to add flavour to my life!   And the good news is that it is really easy to capture the essence of fruit, flowers, herbs and spices so that you can play with flavour combinations.   It is easy, cheap and you can produce food and drinks which suit your own tastes and have a lot of fun in the process.

What am I cooking now?

It is spring and I am rediscovering my love of edible flowers. If you are looking for an easy show-stopping cake, you like my Lemon and Elderflower Sponge with Edible Flowers.

Lemon Sponge Cake with Edible Flowers

I am also really enjoying making some traditional English puddings. There is something really nurturing about making an Apple Crumble – and it is really, really easy!

Apple crumble

What other kind of recipes will you find on my blog? Well, here’s a taste!

Curried Parsnip Soup

Soup – I make easy, vegetarian home-made soup. At the moment I’m loving my Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup, Pumpkin and Sweetcorn Soup and my Mushroom and Chestnut Soup.

Lavender Cake

Cakes – I make easy cakes which are quick and simple and often have floral, herby or spicy twist. There are loads to choose from – I do love baking a cake – but some of my favourites are my Lavender Cake, Latte Cake with Salted Caramel, Ginger and Pear Cake and Thyme Cake.

Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding

Puddings – I love traditional English puddings. In winter, I love to make rib-sticking puddings such as Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding and in summer I have a serious meringue habit.

Rose Ice Cream

Ice Cream – I am a huge fan of home-made ice-cream. It is so easy to make and is a great way to experiment with flavour. I firmly believe you can eat ice cream at any time of the year. Why not check out my Rose Ice Cream, Lemon Curd Ice Cream or Cranberry Ice Cream?

If you want to see all my recipes, have a look on my Recipe Index page. There are loads to choose from!