Broccoli Soup

Ingredients Serves 6-8   1 large head broccoli 4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 11/2- 2 litres vegetable or chicken stock 1 large onion, chopped Knob of butter 1 tablespoon olive oil Handful of parsley Salt and black pepper This heartsome broccoli soup recipe from Wee Buns Cookery School is…

Pear and Almond Tart Recipe

Preheat the oven to 180C or Gas Mark 4. Ingredients Sweet Pastry 8oz/225g plain flour 4oz/110g butter, cold, diced Pinch salt 1 teaspoon icing sugar 1 egg + 1- 3 tablespoons cold water     Tart 4-5 ripe Comice pears 200g soft butter 200g ground almonds 200g caster sugar 1 ½ eggs beaten Method Sweet…

Pear & Cinnamon Scones

Pears are abundant in October. These are pears from my mother’s garden. One easy and delicious recipe is Pear & Cinnamon Scones. Ingredients Makes 10 – 12 small scones 350g Soda bread flour or self raising flour 60g Butter at room temperature 70g soft brown or caster sugar 2 small eggs 150 – 300ml buttermilk…

Irish Tea Cake

This classic Irish Tea Cake is simple to make and will keep well for a couple of weeks, if it lasts that long! Ingredients 6oz ( 170g ) raisins 6oz ( 170g ) sultanas 4 oz ( 110g ) currants 2oz ( 55g ) glace cherries ( washed and roughly chopped ) 8oz ( 225g…

Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

A real family favourite, this delicious raspberry ripple ice cream can be made all year round with fresh or frozen raspberries. For the best flavour use organic milk and free range eggs. Ingredients Serves 6 350ml whole milk 250ml double cream 1 vanilla pod 6 egg yolks 100g caster sugar Raspberry puree 350g Raspberries (fresh…

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 the most of pumpkins while in season. Look out for unusual pumpkins like Crown Prince which has a blue / green skin and deep orange flesh or the onion squash both of which are lovely for cooking. Ingredients Serves 6 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra…

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…