Recipes

Breakfast Muffins

Last Saturday morning we dragged ourselves out of bed along with the kids and into the car at 2.30am. This time is normally reserved for night-feeds (with which I’m all too familiar) and journeys to the Airport to catch a flight (that hasn’t happened in years).  However on that morning we were joining thousands of …

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Spice Mix

When in the supermarket there are about 2 aisles that I gloss over now that I previously wouldn’t have.  They contain factory made sauces in jars, preserved food in tins, spice mixes and meal “convenience packs”. I do stock up on some tinned foods like tomatoes and certain beans for salads but mainly I skim …

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Milk Pudding

The weather has been typically Spring like lately, albeit a bit further along in the year that I’d expect. Despite it being the beginning of May, it feels far more like “in like a lion” weather and we are being treated to some torrential rain, winds and short spells of sun.

After 8 Cupcakes

We all need a showstopping piece to bring along to a party or celebration. I make these cupcakes once a month or so. They were the centrepiece at a confirmation last year, an 80th Birthday Party and a 50th Birthday Party. I love making these cupcakes as they are so moist and travel well.

Crispy Slice

If like me you’ve picked up a crispy slice made by a well known cereal company, eaten it and then thought afterwards it wasn’t that great then this is the slice for you. Personally I find the manufactured bar can be too sweet and compressed tightly to get it into the packet. The kids love …

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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 …

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Homemade Butter

When I was 14 I took part in a school foreign exchange programme with a school in Avignon, France. You would think that it was a marvellous opportunity to learn about amazing french cuisine and taste some new foods.  Unfortunately you would be wrong.  My hosts didn’t seem to eat a lot of French food, …

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Gur Cake

It’s always the chef’s prerogative to cook what they like to eat. In our house it means that mushrooms never cross the threshold as I really, really don’t like them.  Luckily I have found a kindred spirit in my husband.  It was the same when I was growing up.  Mam never cooked cabbage which holds …

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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 …

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PB Chocolate Bread Pudding

It’s the Wednesday after Easter and himself has taken the 3 year old off for the day to help digging a garden. This leaves me on my own with the baby, who has just fallen asleep. Sitting on the kitchen table are a number of Easter Eggs, unopened and while I would really like to …

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What Easter Eggs?

I’m a foodblogger with good intentions. Plenty of good intentions, and since last Wednesday I’ve been tormented by my homemade Easter Eggs.

Buried Treasure

Tomorrow is Good Friday, it’s a “day of fasting” and traditionally we don’t eat meat on that day.  Actually we rarely eat meat on a Friday at all because my mother in law almost always cooks fish and welcomes all of her children and her extended family to dinner that day.  So much so that …

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