This quick warm pasta salad was my saviour last night and there was hearty warm food on the table fast! Continue reading
It’s the May Bank Holiday weekend in Ireland. The feast of Bealtaine has passed. Some of the folk around here would have washed their face in the dew, built small bonfires and cleansed the house (although this doesn’t happen so much in a residential area) and yellow flowers would be left outside the door of family members and friends. We don’t do the flower thing so much either.
The beauty of a Bank Holiday weekend is that it gives me a chance to make a big roast dinner on the Sunday. I rarely cook a family dinner on Sundays, it’s the one day of the week when I try to take a break from big meals and catch up on batch cooking and baking. Sure I can do that on Monday! Lamb is in season so why not make the most of it with my slow roast leg of lamb?
Irish Soda Bread, what’s not to love? Interestingly this is not a recipe that we ate regularly in my childhood. Mam has her own, rather special version that I will share with you in the future with her permission. This recipe though is very close to that which I learnt to bake in school. Continue reading
When I was gifted a jar of Marmite this week I was a little unsure what to make with it. Thankfully these BBQ Marmite Chicken Wings are the perfect way to use up the sticky brown stuff.
Mam was at her most practical this week and arrived down with a bag full of tins and jars that she knew I’d be using for my recipes over the next couple of months. To cap that she also brought me a fresh bouquet (garni) crammed full of bay leaves and rosemary that she’d picked from her own herb garden. So thoughtful!
As she was leaving I spotted a familiar and distinctive yellow lid in the bag. I shuddered. Marmite and I aren’t the best of friends. It is such a strong flavour and I never buy the stuff.
Yesterday I took out the pound of minced beef that I’d intended to use for meatballs. Then himself rang and said that he’d like to go to the allotment straight after work so asked could I make something handheld that he could eat on the go. The dinner plan changed from meatballs to burgers in homemade soft white rolls. It kind of suited me anyway as the boys like to eat food with their hands, particularly the smaller one who is still a bit at weaning stage.
It would be an understatement to say I’ve been amazed at the feedback from my post yesterday about living on a tight grocery budget got. Over the course of the next few days I intend to share a couple of recipes with you and some updates on the grocery budget situation. Continue reading
I admit, not everybody will have eaten lamb today, Easter has come very early this year and many ewes are still lambing which means it is still relatively expensive to buy. I’d bet though that if you did buy lamb for your Easter Sunday roast, you really don’t want to throw away any of that precious meat. This leftover lamb pasta recipe is especially designed for the itty bitty pieces that don’t come away easily when carving. They are perfect shredded into the sauce, browned until caramelised and cling to the pasta in nutty morsels.
It’s cold, damp, goodness knows what happened to Spring. We need warm comforting food like a quick homemade pot noodle; the next in my series on Real Fast Food.
This week I’ve taken a real step away from my comfort zone and recorded this recipe in real-time at my kitchen table. I’ve uploaded it to YouTube so that you can see that I’m not fibbing when it comes to homemade fast food. Continue reading
Don’t make work for yourself, with just a few simple tips you will be making simple roast chicken with ease and no worries about uncooked meat or having to monitor time too rigidly. Continue reading
Convenience meals or real fast food in our house doesn’t mean that we have to pick up the telephone and call for take out.
There are a number of “meals”, if that’s what you would like to call them, that we can prepare with little fuss with store cupboard ingredients. Continue reading
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Ar aon nós, bia fíor-Eireannach atá ann. Usaid mé prataí nua beaga, píosa cáis mozzarella ó Toonsbridge, slisín gearrtha agus biolar a bhí in a fás ag mo mhac in aice leis an fuinneog ar scoil. Chuir mé gach rud le cheile, agus faoin greille leo (seachas an biolar) ar feadh 10 noimead.