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.
Did you know why the blog is called “Wholesome Ireland”? I’m guessing most don’t because my old blog – “Wholesome Cook” was so little visited. When I went to register the domain last year I discovered that it had already been taken. So I went through all the different permutations in my head and tried to come up with a new, unique name. Then even registered one or two that I never used. I needed to distinguish that I was still the same person but from Ireland. Thus the blog name was born.
My blog is personal, so it represents my opinions and experiences. I do cook/bake healthy items but also make sweet treats that technically aren’t wholesome. The blog is a snapshot of family life at a particular day or time. I blog maybe 2 recipes a week, but we eat 3 meals a day, 7 days a week with snacks not included.
The concept of wholesome refers to my ideology, not just my cooking. I believe that to make a change in society that you have to become an active agent. So I get out, get involved and be part of change. It’s a “whole sum”. I get stuck in, grow my own food where I can, feed my family better, be part of a community and try to encourage others.
I’m not perfect. I’m a stuck-at-home mother with a dream of one day being able to claw out of the hole we found ourselves in thanks to the recession and redundancy. I’m just ordinary, not special at all.
So to the people who say that I shouldn’t provide treats as the blog is meant to be “wholesome” or that I shouldn’t bake on a budget and spend our money elsewhere I say…………….
Have a chocolate cake.
Have a very happy Bank Holiday weekend.
- 125g butter, softened
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 75g cocoa powder
- 100g plain flour
Preheat your (fan) oven to 170 degrees Celcius. Line a mini-loaf tin with 4 liners.
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one by one. If the mixture becomes a bit curdled add a tablespoon of the flour. Sieve together the baking powder, cocoa powder and plain flour then beat into the batter. It will become quite stiff.
Spoon into the loaf cases and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.