Chicken Tikka

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Chicken Tikka is a great for barbecues but can easily be cooked on a griddle or in a very hot oven (the chicken in the picture above was cooked in the oven but I much prefer the charred stripes from cooking on a bbq or griddle). This is a very simple marinade and the yoghurt  really tenderises the […]

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Crispy Bombay Potatoes

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This is my take on Bombay Potatoes. These are a great side dish and very easy to make.  I love the combination of spiced crispy potatoes and caramelised onions and I would happily eat them with just about anything.  In order to get crispy potatoes you need to firstly parboil the spuds enough so that the edges can be […]

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Zesty Coriander, Tomato and Cucumber Salad

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This is my own summer salad recipe and I think it is so pretty and really brightens up the table.  It tastes so fresh and zesty and is the perfect accompaniment to a barbeque or a summery lunch or dinner. The secret to the zesty flavour and also to the amazingly bright pink onions is to soak thin […]

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Spaghetti Carbonara

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This has to be the most simple, delicious and amazingly quick lunch or supper dish there is.  If you haven’t made carbonara at home I would love you to try it yourself – it is such a handy dish to know and I haven’t met a child yet that doesn’t love it.  I understand that cream is not an […]

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Chow Mein

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Chow Mein in restaurants or from take-aways varies depending on where you order it, some use thin vermicelli, some serve with an oyster and cornstarch sauce.  I like my chow mein with medium egg noodles and served ‘dry’ without any sauce other than soy.  The trick to stir frying noodles is to only partially cook them in boiling […]

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Potato & Spring Onion Croquettes


  My husband really dislikes shop-bought croquettes, whether fresh or frozen, but he loves these.  I tend to vary the ingredients to include cheddar, herbs such as chives and parsley or even colcannon croquettes with cabbage and sometimes a little bacon too.  I make one large croquette per person, containing roughly the same amount of mash you would generally serve.

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Roast Irish Pork Loin with Cider Gravy

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  This evening I cooked the remaining half of the fabulous loin of Irish pork kindly sent to me by Bord Bia.   I decided to cook a traditional sunday roast with rich cider gravy, served with oven baked carrots and potato and spring onion croquettes.

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Irish Loin of Pork – Char Siu Style

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  With much thanks to the lovely people at Bord Bia and the amazing Donal Skehan of the Good Mood Food Blog I was the delighted recipient of a parcel this week containing a wonderful big loin of Irish pork. The loin was approximately 6lbs in weight and, as there were only 3 of us here this weekend, I decided to cut the loin in to two […]

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Roast Chicken, Moroccan Style

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This is a really tasty way to cook chicken, either on the BBQ or roasted in the oven.  I bought a whole chicken and jointed it (you can ask your butcher to do it for you if you prefer) but I often buy packs of chicken thighs for this. 

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The Best Birthday Cake in the World!!


My wonderful son and husband made me a birthday cake.  A beautiful, simple, delicious cake that was so lovingly made by them for me.  It was an old fashioned Victoria Sponge complete with raspberry jam and fresh cream and the recipe is from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstalls’ River Cottage Family Cookbook – I gave this book, with a special […]

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