03 Jun

Jubilee Leftover Lunch

This is a basic coronation chicken recipe which I use for my leftover roast chicken, particularly if I’ve made a roast on a Sunday. You can tweak the fillings to the tastes that your children have and I prefer it on crackers but it’s perfect in wraps, sandwiches, pitta breads and on its own.

It seems appropriate to use it today, on the jubilee as it’s based upon the original Coronation Chicken Recipe! However it’s doubly the right time to use it as the Easy Food Home-Cook Hero Awards were launched for 2012 within the past week.  I was one of the finalists in the Lunchbox Challenge section last year with a variation of this recipe.  It was a great experience and the winning circle was full of very talented cooks.  In fact there were so many winning junior cooks I think that the food bloggers of today need to watch their backs!

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26 Apr

Ham Hock Terrine

Ham hock is one of those little-used cuts in Ireland. Used so seldom that I normally have to request that the butcher keeps some for me and I rarely, if ever, see it on a supermarket shelf.  I don’t know what it is but it seems that any cut of meat that involves a bone or messy work people seem to shy away from cooking.  There really is no need to be so worried about cooking any kind of meat on the bone so long as you have done your research right, anyway cuts of meat on the bone lend themselves to long, slow cooking to make the most of the flavour.
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13 Apr

Jar Salad

In my “celtic tigress” days I would have thought nothing of roasting a chicken, picking what meat I liked and then throwing away the carcass.  It’s far from throwing away the carcass I was reared and my mother still makes her own stock from roast chicken which I now do as well.

If I’m careful 1 medium chicken will do us for 3 meals and if I have potatoes left over from dinner it also makes a batch of my potato scones.
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02 Apr

Potato Chive Scones

My Granda (grandfather) came to visit for dinner yesterday. He’s 95 years young. I say young because I can only hope that I will have his energy and enthusiasm for life at his age. I wanted to treat him so I made a big dish of mashed potatoes flavoured with fresh Irish butter, milk and chives cut from my plant by the door, not forgetting a sprinkling of salt & pepper. It was light, fluffy, soft and matched the slices of roast chicken, homemade gravy and fresh vegetables perfectly.

The only thing is I’m dreadful when it comes to portion sizes. Ask me to cook for our family and I, more often than not, am left with leftovers. Today I still had a big dish of mash sitting in the fridge and I really didn’t fancy mash a second day in a row. The kids are off school for the next two weeks for the Easter holidays and I had hungry mouths to feed. I got a knock to the door at about 9.30am and was handed 4 fresh, still warm, duck eggs. They are gorgeous with pale shells and it seemed that the only way to do them justice was to poach them.
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29 Mar

Tea Raisin Scones

I love my 3 year old (E) to bits. He is possibly the funniest person on the planet. His favourite phrases at the moment include “that sounds loike a gwreat idea mammy” (no clue who taught him that one, ahem) and “you’re a codfwish” (courtesy of Captain Hook). There are some days that I’m not his favourite person, like days when I have to clean or when the baby is niggling so much that I find it hard to dedicate some time just to him.
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23 Mar

Wild Salad

This morning we were out early. I needed more milk for the fridge and strong flour for breadmaking. On the way to the Supermarket I noticed some wild garlic nestled in between some shrubby and flowering daffodils. There isn’t so much growing there this year as last year somebody ripped almost the full amount up. I took only what I needed from 1 plant, even though there was more than one there. I didn’t take more than 1/3 to allow it to flourish again. There were some buds and I know more will flower over the coming weeks so I can take a little more in a few days time.

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