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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A Meal in Minutes: Quick Quesadillas

If you love authentic mexican food you should look away now, or better still check out Lily’s blog.  Right, for those of you who are still here and enjoy a tasty light meal that’s on the table in minutes read on. Today I had a lovely lunch with Julie, who has…

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Banana Buns

Another instalment in the “baked goods containing fruit” series features a special request from four year old Ciarán. He often makes requests, fully believing that they are possible.  Happily, “banana buns but with icing and bananas on top” was both doable and delicious. I had promised to make them for…

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Our Trip to the Ploughing Match

Going to “the Ploughing” is an Irish institution, but something that for one reason or another I had never done until today. You’ll find all the official information here but here’s my quick (and muddled) post of highlights for us today. We approached on the purple route via Wexford town,…

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Chorizo and Chickpea Stew

Today was wet, very, very wet, and colder than it has been for a long time. We had a great day out and came home hungry and tired, we needed comfort food time but quick comfort food. This stew was ready by the time the potatoes to accompany it had…

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Gruffalo Birthday Cake

You know from my last post that I let the boys decide what they want for their birthday cakes. Now, our Cathal is not much of a talker but he is very good at getting his point across. His big brother’s birthday is eleven days before his so he was…

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A Knight’s Castle Birthday Cake

  Birthdays are a big deal in our house, I love them, love the parties and most of all love making the cakes.  Cakes for kids are fun, they don’t need to be perfect, but have to have a wow factor.  Ciarán turned 4 last week, but we have been…

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Malteser Slices (previously called Malteser Traybake)

The title lies and the lawyer and perfectionist in me feels bound to come clean.  Despite being called a traybake there is absolutely no baking involved in this recipe,  it’s a melt and mix job.  Better still it’s a “melt it all together recipe” with no precariously positioned bowls on…

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Electric Picnic- The Family Way

Our Electric Picnic- En Famille Last year I had a serious sense of missing out and thought that I was the only person in the country who hadn’t been to Electric Picnic.  I decided that 2012  would herald my wellied return to Stradbally and set about planning early.  I got…

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The Bumbles of Rice Batchcooking Commandments

I’m not really a batchcooking fan, despite the fact that I do it a lot.  I’ve blogged about it before and shared my methods here.  It’s tiring, and I always make my plans too ambitious and think that I will do enough to feed us for months, but with lots…

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