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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Easy Key Lime & Chocolate Pie

Easy Key Lime and Chocolate Pie The first time I made this dessert was when I invited my American friend and her family over for a 4th July barbecue and was looking for a very American but also very easy dessert to eat after our meat fest.  I found Nigella’s…

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Saucepan Oatmeal Cookies

I love cookies but sometimes I get lazy about taking the mixer out of the press and lugging it the whole way to the counter, and then having to wrestle the bowl from the boys before they lick the coating off it. My laziness is really getting a lot of…

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Quick Dinner: Spaghetti with Pancetta, Tomato and Basil

Sometimes you just need dinner in a hurry, so here’s a quick and tasty pasta dish enjoyed by all around our table. Pancetta is one of my favourite quick dinner ingredients as it’s full of flavour, cooks quickly, doesn’t require chopping and keeps in the fridge for a few weeks.…

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Secret Surprise Lunch

I chuckle to myself when I see magazine articles about “Fun ways to get your kids to eat vegetables”.  In my experience, limited to two boys aged almost 4 and almost 2, if a child doesn’t want to eat something no amount of fun or forcing will make them. They’re…

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Quick Dinner: Pancetta and Leek Pasta

Quick Dinner: Pancetta and Leek Pasta On a weekday evening, when I’ve forgotten to take something from the freezer and I need to get dinner on the table fast I tend to turn to pasta and try to throw something together. Pancetta Cubes are my favourite “quick fix” ingredient to…

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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade Have lemons, make lemonade.  I had bought a lot of lemons, and they needed to be used, but I had no inclination to do anything complicated, which in this case meant turning on the oven.  My sidekick suggested lemonade and counted out five lemons, as he remembered that’s…

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