20 Dec

Braised Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Chilli

It’s the season to love your brassicas.  No it’s not a dirty word, it’s a family of vegetables.  Included in these are the brussels sprout and this is what I did with some this week.

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18 Dec

Braised Red Cabbage

Most Sundays there is a market that himself likes to visit. It’s not too far from home, as the kids would say it’s “a spin”. Normally he rambles around with the kids and sometimes picks me up bits for photographs and at the end of his stroll he always drops by the vegetable stall. Most of their vegetables are either grown in the next county or sourced fairly locally and they are cheap.

Day 18 of my Christmas with Caitríona series is a classic Christmas recipe!

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14 Dec

Flavoured Salt

This is a great recipe to use up your leftover meat from the Christmas dinner. This is a tray bake that can be lifted from plain and simple eating (not a bad thing after Christmas excess) to a meal with a zing from some flavoured salt.Flavoured Salt - Wholesome Ireland - Food & Parenting Blog Read More

04 Dec

Dishwasher Vodka

Normally when infusing alcohol with spices or fruit you have to wait a number of months for the best flavour. This is a cheat’s version, called dishwasher vodka, which if made today will be ready for drinking or gifting tomorrow!

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29 May

Great BBQ Recipes

Truth be told it doesn’t really feel like June is starting on Monday, while the weather is pretty cool – it doesn’t stop me wanting to heat up the barbecue grill and cook!

I’m revisiting all my great BBQ recipes.  What I’ve done today is linked the best in this blogpost so you can return at your leisure. Read More

06 Oct

Dynamite Broccoli

We are slowly working our way through the Autumn vegetables from the allotment. Last week I used up the last of our own broccoli and I admit I’m a little bit disappointed that it’s all gone now. I’ve planted some other varieties of brassica (the vegetable family that our broccoli belongs to) for over the winter. It’s not as if we have no vegetables, it’s just that it’s one of my favourite vegetables. Recently the 15-year-old whispered over dinner that she actually liked broccoli when I cooked it. That is huge for a green-vegetable-hating-teenager let me assure you. Read More

16 Oct

Breaking Bread

Breaking bread together is one of the most fundamental things we can do as a family. I believe that the basis of a good community is in the family. It is the first place where we learn to behave as a group. I believe that the basics of interaction as a community are set at the dinner table. How to care, share, talk, communicate, support and so much more. Read More

30 Jun

New Potatoes

I feel like a child at Christmas. Today is the day we get to taste the first new potatoes that we have grown ourselves.

Fresh from the ground, the best way to eat these is with a knob of butter and a crack of black pepper.

Fresh from the ground, the best way to eat these is with a knob of butter and a crack of black pepper.

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28 Jun

Pea Salad

Today is officially the last day of primary school for the summer and I’ve been stocking the deep freeze with cakes and treats for the next few weeks. I really didn’t want to be slaving over the hob for ages. This pea salad takes about 7 minutes to make from start to finish, including boiling the kettle. Longer if you add meat. Read More

23 Jun

Chive Flower Vinegar

We have a chive plant that grows in a sunny and well watered nook at the front of our house alongside some purple speedwell.  Every Winter the declines and every Spring it returns, nourished by the overflow from the gutter over the front door. It thrives so much that last year when the flowers died off the seeds spread. There are now baby chive plants flourishing in the raised beds. Read More

02 Jun

Crispy Chickpeas

We’re not long back from Bloom 2013 and I’m a bit peckish. I may have over indulged a little earlier in the day so I decided to make these quick and easy crispy chickpeas which are far more virtuous than my shopping basket! Read More

09 Jan

Real Chocolate Taytos

Chocolate Tayto There’s no doubt that chocolate and Tayto go together but what if they really, really went together?

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