Hallowe’en is coming and it brings shorter evenings, cosy fires, crisp leaves underfoot, frosty mornings, fancy dress, carved pumpkins (we’ve moved on from the turnips we used to carve), trick or treat and of course, barm brack.
The barm brack is a fruit loaf, delicious spread with butter and if it goes a little stale, it’s even more delicious if lightly toasted and then swims in melted butter (a bit like a toasted teacake). Hey, it’s coming into the winter and [...]
I won a copy of Apron Strings by Nessa Robins back in July and as my daughter lovingly turned the pages and ooohed and aaaahed, I promised her we would make some of the delicious looking desserts and cakes and I promised Nessa I would do a review here on the blog. Slight interruption for a crowdfunding campaign and the writing of a book, I made my first dessert from it last weekend! But it was [...]
The weather has been incredibly hot here in Ireland – no rain for 16 days is almost unheard of. Farmers on dry land (who have been the envy of the rest of us for many years) are finding that what grass they had is just burning off and most are feeding the first cut of silage (which shouldn’t have been touched until next winter) and meal to cows and perhaps silage or hay to the rest of the stock. ?The [...]
The Irish Country Living magazine recently had a competition to promote a Ballymoloe cookery demonstration and course – it was all about ‘Slow Food’ and how valuable grandparents can be in teaching children how to cook, how to bake, how to appreciate cooking from scratch and sharing some traditional and ‘handed-down’ recipes with [...]
I promised my daughter we’d make a rainbow cake for Easter like this one from Pinterest and when we saw it on the front cover of the BBC Good Food magazine last month, we had to buy it!
The embed code on the new look Pinterest wouldn’t work for me but here’s the link for this rainbow cake.
We didn’t get [...]