Garrendenny Goat

You may remember me saying a few weeks ago that Rolo, Clay and Soot were off to the butcher. We had difficulty in finding a butcher to slaughter them as butchers now have to have a separate licence to do goats and for some, it just isn’t worth their while. Thanks to Margaret of Oldfarm, we got in contact with their butcher Clive Clarke in Birr who was not only so helpful and accommodating but also met us [...]

How To Make Clotted Cream

I have had making clotted cream on my ‘to do’ list since I saw it made on an ‘Edwardian farming’ programme on the BBC last year and when invited along to bring ‘peasant chic quirky picnic food with a story’ to a photo shoot for the new Irish Country Magazine of the Irish Farmers Journal, I thought I’d attempt to make some as the perfect accompaniment to my spot o dick fruit bread and homemade raspberry jam.

I made 3 batches, [...]

Rhubarb & Orange Cake

Loving rhubarb, I do love this rhubarb cake. I had a bag of frozen rhubarb in the freezer and decided to make it again last week – I know, as if we hadn’t had enough sweet stuff over the Christmas but this wasn’t chocolately or laden with rich fruit so it made a refreshing (although still perfect for my sweet tooth) change.

Rhubarb & Orange Cake with flaked almonds

400g [...]

Probably the Best Brown Bread in the World!

I think this is the nicest recipe for brown bread I have ever tasted. ?I make it all the time, I usually omit the sugar as I find it makes it a bit sweet.

irish brown bread

12 oz wholemeal flour

1oz wheat bran

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon bread soda

1 dessertspoon brown sugar (optional)

1 tablespoon sunflower oil

half a pint of milk

1 small pot hazelnut or [...]