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

09 Jul

Wholesome Frittata

This frittata tastes delicious while still warm at dinner, but is also the perfect next day lunchbox fare because it’s just as nice cold. There’s no reason why eating healthily should be hard to do! Read More

07 Oct

Baked Spaghetti Omelette

My kids love how visually appealing this baked spaghetti omelette is. It’s low on ingredients, which means it’s easy to make, this also means that you can add any sort of side dish that you like. We prefer to eat ours with a fresh chunky salad. Perfect hot or cold, if you don’t finish it all at dinnertime, chill once at room temperature and eat the omelette for lunch with a dollop of mayonnaise on the side instead. Read More

14 Aug

Egg Tarts

I’ll keep it short today! These egg tarts are great for lunchboxes. You can make them ahead and they will keep in a lined box in the fridge for up to 2 days. They also reheat very well too. I just lash whatever squishy veg/leftover meat I have in the fridge into the tarts. Don’t complicate things, make life easy on yourself.Egg Tart Wholesome Ireland

Note you’ll also need about 200g of rice or baking beans for this recipe but they aren’t eaten and can be used again on another occasion.

Egg Tarts (serves 6 hungry adults – more kids)

Ingredients

  • 1 roll of chilled puff pastry
  • 1 small onion
  • Handful of squishy cherry tomatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • 50ml full fat milk (or 75ml natural yoghurt)
  • Leftover meat (if you have it)
  • 50g of parmesan, grated (or any other hard cheese you may have)

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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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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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09 Apr

Lazy Porridge Pancakes

Are these lazy porridge pancakes the new way to eat your porridge? I’m not certain how new this concept is. I vividly remember the pot of porridge and water going on the (cold) hob overnight to soak before the next morning from my childhood. If you’re not a big fan of eating wet porridge in the mornings but still want to get some oats into you then this is another option. Read More

19 Feb

Housewife’s Monday Lunch

Today I’m showing my leftover love to Bubble and Squeak; known in some parts as the Housewife’s Monday Lunch. Read More

26 Oct

Tortilla or Spanish Omelette

When I was in my early twenties I was lucky to share a house with some Spanish girls who were working locally. It is a haze now but I do remember how to make a mean Tortilla or Spanish Omelette.

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27 Sep

Fattoush Salad

This week I’m conjuring up memories of time spent in the Middle East in my childhood. This is not a precise recipe for Fattoush Salad but a kitchen sink interpretation instead.

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19 Jul

Baked Omelette

Would you believe it, eggs and yoghurt go extremely well together? Rather than cook it on the hob, this oven baked omelette needs very little work. Read More

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