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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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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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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