10 Oct

Sweet And Savoury French Toast Recipe

Have you ever found a local shop that you hesitate in telling other people about because you’re worried it won’t be so special anymore?

That’s how I feel about The Lime Kiln in Julianstown. Now I know that the gastro-pub is fantastic, in fact if you’re interested to hear what I think you can read my review over on Flogastronomy. It’s one of our family’s favourite spots for a bite to eat.

Recently they’ve opened a local village store just beside the pub. It’s there that I could be lost for quite some time. Chatting to the staff (waves at Georgina) about local producers and great Irish food. It’s a haven for finding local food, particularly artisan local food (and drink). It’s there I pick up my cider vinegar from Stameen Farm, Dan Kelly’s cider (also from the same farm), Monéir Wine made from berries picked in Clarkes up the road in Stamullen, beautiful pillowy bread freshly baked, local fresh produce, and a brilliant selection of Irish spirits.

It’s hard to drive past without nipping in to pick up a few bits, and leave with our wallets decidedly lighter.

The best French toast is made with a stale decent crusty loaf, cut into decent hunks and soaked in local free range eggs blended with some salt and pepper. Read More

12 May

Bread And Egg Bake

What do you do with a loaf of stale bread? Do you make breadcrumbs, maybe some croutons? Bakery style bread doesn’t tend to stay soft and fresh for very long in this house. Himself bought a turnover on Saturday and by this morning it was well past it’s optimal date. This recipe isn’t complicated and is extremely tasty.  If you’re the type of person who is only ever left with a heel or crust of bread, just wrap it in paper and freeze it until you have enough to make this dish. Or maybe make a single portion for yourself as a treat. It’s easy to scale it up or down. Read More

19 Jan

Homemade Spaghetti

Homemade spaghetti isn’t rocket science. Really, you don’t even need a pasta machine to make pasta. All you need is a clean, smooth surface and a good rolling pin. After years of lusting after a real pasta machine I finally got my hands on one back in November and it’s been firmly in use most weeks since then. Read More

12 Sep

Kedgeree

A couple of weeks ago, Lidl contacted me to tell me they were publishing a small recipe booklet by Paul Flynn to be distributed for free in-store.  They asked me would I be interested in getting an advance look at the booklet and trying out the recipes for myself. Given that the theme of the recipe booklet was “7 family meals for €50”, I thought it would be right up my street and took a look at what Paul had come up with.

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