14 Dec

Cinnamon Rolls

A few weeks ago my friend Deb posted a picture of some screen-lickable cinnamon rolls she’d baked.  Seeing as she’s in Tipperary and I’m just outside of Dublin it’s not as if we can arrange a delivery so I decided to give them a go and bake them myself. Read More

04 Dec

Toffee Apple Cake

I’ve been testing this recipe for a while, in fact since Hallowe’en. I know it’s a long time to be playing around with a bake as important as Toffee Apple Cake but it was important that I got it right. My taste-tester-in-chief has declared it the best apple cake he’s ever tasted. He always says that, I think because he’s afraid if he doesn’t flatter me then his steady supply of cake will dry up. No matter, I have plenty of willing volunteers to take his place! Read More

24 Nov

Banana Muffins

I’m sure it’s not just me who feels like my children have more of a social life than I do? Normally I love my wall planner. I work 7 weeks ahead of myself from a meal and activities point of view. It’s helpful when I’m working on projects and coordinating our children’s social life. Today however I realised that I’ve got 5 days at home and then I’m off to Congregation. This will be the first time that I will have left the toddler (now 2) on his own for longer than 8 hours. Read More

06 Nov

Healthy Carrot Muffins

The 5 year old and I are still wrestling with the contents of his lunchbox. He is not brilliant with change, so I’ve kept his lunches simple and included only things I know he will eat. Food for school is after all fuel; there is no point in challenging him too much if he’s not going to eat what I put in the box. There is also a healthy eating policy in school. Not that it makes a huge difference to us as chocolate would be off the menu anyway (it’s kept for treats), but the school does encourage home-baked goods in the lunchbox. Read More

23 Oct

Rosewater Shortbread

While I may have a frugal food blog, there are a few things in life that I don’t like to skimp on. It goes without saying that my preferred brand of tea is non-negotiable when it comes to the shopping list. When I’m baking I don’t compromise as shortcuts when it comes to quality always result in an item that’s less than perfect. Today’s recipe is a rosewater shortbread. Actually it’s not a real shortbread as I use an egg in the mixture, classic shortbread only has 3 ingredients: butter, sugar and flour but read on if you’d like to find out why I’m playing around with flavours today! Read More

23 Sep

Building Site Cake

Know your limits. Birthday parties can be stressful enough as it is without trying to win a medal for “mother of the year” and making the best cake in the world. So if you have a child who is obsessed by trucks or building sites this is the perfect building site cake with no baking!Building Site Cake 3 Read More

16 Sep

Tassimo Review And Coffee Biscuits

A couple of weeks ago I was a guest of Mondelez International to the launch of their new Tassimo Range in Ireland.  I was lucky enough to receive a machine to try out at home myself and so today I’ve a Tassimo review and coffee biscuits for you to try out. Read More

31 Aug

Quick Apple Crumble

While I love the scent of a traditional apple crumble filling my kitchen, I prefer this quick apple crumble for warm Autumn evenings. It also uses less energy and requires less time. Read More

22 Aug

Quick Potato Soup

There is an unwritten rule in this house that if you get back past a certain hour, that large dinners will not be cooked. My mother in law, in her infinite wisdom, says that if you have a bag of potatoes and a tray of eggs in your possession you’ll never go hungry. How wise she is. I’ve just finished making a quick potato soup and it was very, very tasty indeed. Just what I wanted and it was ready in less time that it would take to wait for a bag of chips in the local chipper. Although they do have a certain allure at this hour!

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04 Aug

Chocolate Cake

When I wear my heart on my sleeve I open myself up to people holding and forming opinions about me. Sometimes they upset me and sometimes I feel like screaming. Maybe it’s time I cleared some stuff up. Read More

20 Jul

Ice Cream Cake

I apologise in advance as I rarely post 2 sweet recipes one after another. I’m scraping the bottom of the fridge and freezer to use up my ingredients. I’ve done my usual store cupboard stock take and found a couple of bits that needed using up. I know, I know, it’s such a hardship to eat an Ice Cream Cake in the warm weather. Read More

15 Jul

Raspberry Cheesecake

Quick, no bake, raspberry cheesecake – cheaper than premium shop bought version and perfect for ripe raspberries. Read More

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