Traditional Wheaten Bread

This is my mother’s wheaten bread recipe and the one that I make all the time. It’s delicious,nutritious and easy to make. Enjoy! Ingredients 5oz wholemeal flour 8oz plain flour 1 ½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda ½ teaspoon cream of tartar Pinch salt 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 1 tablespoon wheat germ (optional) 1 tablespoon…

Wheaten Bread in A Loaf Tin

A healthier option and a good source of energy, this wheaten loaf has been given a modern twist with the addition of pumpkin and sesame seeds for that extra nutritional value. Ingredients 7 oz plain flour 6 oz wholemeal flour 1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 tablespoon wheatgerm 1 tablespoon of bran 1 tablespoon soft…

spring green soup

Immune boosting Soup

We could all do with some immune boosting foods right now. This is a lovely simple, vibrant soup that makes you feel better just to look at. It is made with ingredients that should be easily available but if you can’t get something don’t worry just leave it out.  The spinach is what gives the…

Fruit Soda Bread

My fruit soda bread recipe is quick and easy to make. Simply spread with butter for a delicious snack. My friend tells me she likes to add cheese for that sweet and savoury combination sensation! 😆 Ingredients 12 oz plain flour 3 oz raisins 1 tbsp caster sugar 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (too much…

Lemon and Raspberry Layer Cake

Happy Mother’s Day! Thinking of all our mums who we can’t be with today but are always in our hearts. Ingredients 5oz self-raising flour 5oz soft butter 5 oz caster sugar Pinch salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 medium eggs 1 lemon washed   Buttercream Icing 6 oz soft butter 6 oz icing sugar zest…

crepe suzette

Pancake Tuesday – 3 recipes

Time to get out the flour, eggs and milk and start making some pancakes. They’re very easy when you know how . My mother always made Scotch Pancakes ( like above ), crépes which we filled with butter, sugar and lemon and then Crépes Suzette which are decadent and delicious with a rich buttery, orange…

Rhubarb and vanilla ice cream

February – In Season Now

Spring is fast approaching and I can’t wait for the warmer days and getting out in the garden again. I have ambitious plan for beds of riotous colour this year. Time permitting! On the food front the first of the lovely forced rhubarb is in the shops now and the homegrown garden variety should be…

Traditional Irish Baking

I was lucky enough to be brought up on wonderful home baking. My mother is a great cook and baker and we took for granted her lovley baking and cooking.  Despite having six children and running a farm business my mother baked regularly. She baked Fruit soda, wheaten bread, soda farls, a variety of scones,…

blood oranges in season now

In Season Now – January

We are half-way through January already, the first of the snowdrops are up and I’m looking forward to Spring, the daffodils and brighter days. This month I’m aiming to eat more greens in general, spinach (the easiest), kale and Cavolo Nero ( picture below of it growing in my father’s veg patch ) which is…

festive gifts for foodies , river cafe cook book

Festive Ideas for Foodies

Victorinox Chef’s Knives I find these indispensable in the kitchen and use them every day. I first came across these knives when I worked at the River Cafe in London, the head chef had one knife only, a small chopping knife in this range. They come in a large range for different purposes in a…

Chicken Soup

This chicken soup recipe is my mother’s, it is a lovely chicken broth with lots of vegetables and just the thing if you’ve been unwell. It does require a fair amount of chopping but should last a few days. Try and look out for local leeks and soup celery which looks like a scrawny version…

chicken soup

Chicken Soup

Just the thing for a cold winter’s day . I don’t often make chicken soup but while recovering from the flu recently it was the only thing I really felt like eating. This is my mother’s recipe, she served it in the traditional Irish way with a big pan of boiled potatoes ( she favours…

Classic Christmas Cake

My Classic Christmas Cake recipe makes 1 x 7” square cake or an 8” round cake. Before you start line the tin bottom and sides with greasproof paper and wrap a layer of brown paper round the outside of the tin. This helps protect it while in the oven for a long time. Ingredients 12oz…