Sausage, Butterbean and Leek Casserole

Sausage, Butterbean and Leek Casserole   What kids don’t love sausages?  I found this recipe a couple of years ago when I had extra sausages in the fridge and fancied something interesting.  Both boys love it, we’ve fed it to friends and family and I have shared the recipe link…

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Very Easy Chicken and Broccoli Bake

I tested this recipe a few years ago for Mummy Pages (their version with my photograph is here) and it has become a firm favourite in our house. I was skeptical as I had made the full on one before with homemade white sauce and would usually turn my nose…

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Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Banana bread to me is comfort food. I had a bad time with my tummy a few years ago which meant I had to go off dairy, chocolate, anything fatty, red meat, alcohol, you name it, it hurt me, it had to go. As is my way, I did lots…

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Mint Aero Slices

Mint Aero Slices (formerly traybake) for the Great Irish Bake in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital We had a bake sale in work this week, as part of the Great Irish Bake for Temple Street Hospital, a great cause. I was really blown away by the generosity of my…

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Beef and Chorizo Stew

Stew is the food of winter days, coming home from school and a big plate of it for dinner, with pools of butter in the mash, I can still taste it.  The key to a good stew I think is to cook it slowly so that the meat is really…

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Jelly “Pumpkins”

Every blog I see is full of fantastic Halloween recipes and treats these past weeks and I had lots planned in my head too, but a busy couple of weeks and a sick toddler meant that something had to give, so the recipes got parked. Jelly’s always a quick fix…

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Blueberry Pancakes

Pancakes are my absolute favourite breakfast, they remind me of my J1 summer in New York, of the weekend that my then boyfriend (now husband) brought me to Washington DC and I ordered them with strawberries, and of our honeymoon breakfast buffets in Rio where I’d smother them in fruit…

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No- Bake Marshmallow and Crunchie Cookies

Recently, I’ve become firstly aware and then intrigued by the Northern Irish traybake known as “Fifteens”. I have learned that they are called after their ingredients, 15 of each of digestive biscuits, marshmallows and glace cherries and 15g of dessicated coconut.  The pedant in me has previously voiced my discomfort…

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Gingerbread Cookies and Chaos in the Kitchen

Gingerbread Cookies and Chaos in the Kitchen I love baking, but while I am not a natural or instictive baker by any stretch of the imagination we do bake most weeks. Usually it’s flapjacks or maybe oatmeal cookies or fruity muffins, good healthy lunchbox treats. Recently I’ve become a fan…

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