Armagh the Bramley Apple County

County Armagh also known as the Orchard County is where I grew up and was reluctant to leave – even if only 5 minutes drive away – I now live in Tyrone. My grandfather who lived two fields down from us – as children we took the direct route through the three hedges and two…

Biscotti

This is my favourite Biscotti recipe. This classic Italian biscuit is perfect served after dinner with a black coffee or tea, or a glass of dessert wine. Ingredients 425g plain flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 335 g caster sugar pinch salt 100g hazelnuts ( blanched ) 100g almonds ( blanched…

Apple and Cinnamon Crumble

This classic apple and cinnamon crumble recipe has been given an autumnal twist by adding hazelnuts to the mix. This gives the crumble a lovely texture. Serve with cream, ice cream or custard. IngredientsMethod Serves 6 1 kg (5-6 medium) Bramley apples 75g soft brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon   Crumble 175g self-raising flour, sifted…

Rhubarb Tart Recipe

This is one of my favourite rhubarb tart recipes. I love to bake this when the rhubarb is season although, rhubarb will keep well in the fridge, and the freezer, once cooked. It’s also perfect for preserving. Ingredients Pastry: 9 oz plain flour 4 ½ oz butter 1 teaspoon icing sugar Pinch of salt 1…

Leek & Potato Soup

A wholesome soup, perfect during the winter months. This is simple, nutritious and always popular (even with children). Add a splash of cream If you want to treat yourself! Ingredients Serves 6-8 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 4 -5 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped 4 leeks-medium size Chicken stock approx 1 ½…

Lemon Turmeric Chicken

This is a simple, healthy meal for the whole family. For best results marinade the chicken overnight, however if you are short of time, then just a few hours will do. Ingredients Serves 6  4-6 chicken breast fillets or thigh fillets Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 head garlic 10 cardomon pods, seeds crushed…

Pumpkin Soup

This is a lovely way to make use of any leftover pumpkin.A warming soup that is perfect during the fall. Roast the seeds from the pumpkin for a great topping. Ingredients 1 medium butternut squash or small pumpkin 1 tablespoon thyme leaves, chopped 1 ½ – 2 litres stock (chicken or vegetable) 1 onion, chopped…

Apple Tart

One of the best ways to make the most of the Bramley apples is a simple but delicious apple tart, with a melt in the mouth pastry contrasting with the sharpness of the apples. Bramley apples are the best for tarts owing to their softness as they cook, definitely no need to precook! Much better…

Pea and Spinach Soup

Packed full of green goodness, this easy and quick to make pea and spinach soup is perfect served as a starter or light lunch. This is a great recipe for getting the whole family involved. I have fond memories of helping my mother shell peas as a child. And now that I’m a mother myself…

foraging blackberries

Foraging

The hedges seem to be particularly bountiful this year, I’m not sure that they are any different or just that Im taking more notice on my daily walk down the road. Rosa Canina ( commonly known as the dog rose ) the lovely pale pink wild rose is in abundance and just as well as…

Granny Blacker’s Soda Farls

My Granny Blacker with my brother, my cousin and myself on the right circa 1972 This is my maternal grandmother’s recipe for Soda Farls. She baked these every day in life, asking my grandfather every day what he would like for his ‘tea’ when regardless of the answer it was always Soda Farls.  My grandparents…

strawberries in season now

🍓Strawberries in season now🍓

Local strawberries are in the shops now and absolutely delicious and so many lovely recipes to try out. I’ll be making a Pavlova , a whisked sponge with strawberries and cream , strawberry and lemon sorbet ( a River Cafe recipe  from my time there ) and then of course Jam . Ideally made with…

Rhubarb !

Rhubarb is in season now and is fast growing in the garden. It’s lovely for lots of different recipes from the classic rhubarb tart to ice cream and is making an appearance in my Traditional Irish class in the form of a tart and in the Easter Baking class I’ll be making rhubarb and ginger…

Mother’s Day Cake Recipe

Just the thing for Mother’s Day … a lovely homemade cake ! Lemon and Raspberry Layer Cake 8 oz self raising flour 8 oz soft butter 8 oz caster sugar Pinch salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 4  eggs 1 lemon washed Buttercream Icing 8 oz soft butter 8 oz icing sugar zest of 1 lemon lemon…

wild garlic

Wild Garlic

Wild Garlic is in season now at the beginning of March . The only place I’ve seen it growing near here is at Peatlands park where along the one of the paths it grows in abundance and is identifiable by the district aroma of garlic as you pass by and the little white flowers when…