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…

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February In Season

Spring is fast approaching and we’ve had some glorious days already. February might seem bleak on the fruit and vegetable front but actually there are lovely things in season now if you look out for them. Blood oranges from Sicily and Spain, great for eating, juicing and sorbet. The first of the purple sprouting broccoli…

In Season Now

January is a month for really great citrus fruits from Spain and Italy . I had the pleasure last year of a visit to Sicily and witnessed for the first time the wonderful orange tree orchards although without fruit in summer time. Seville oranges usually arrive here from Spain ( if you happen to be…

Winter Minestrone Soup

This is a soup that requires some time but is so delicious and nutritious it’s well worth the effort. Just the thing for a cold day, it’s a very hearty soup and a meal in itself. Ingredients serves 6 – 8 500g Savoy cabbage or cavolo nero 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 red onions,…

Cavolo nero

In Season Now

Cavolo Nero or black cabbage also known as kale is a deep green leafy vegetable popular in Tuscany and increasingly easy to find here in N.Ireland in some super markets and markets , certainly it can be found in St. Georges market, Belfast. Or if you are lucky you can easily grow your own. It…

Christmas Gift Ideas for Foodies

We are lucky to have lots of enterprising people here in N.Ireland and Ireland as a whole producing wonderful food products. I’m always drawn to the artisan producers doing things in traditional ways . A few that I would love to receive in no particular order Cinema Project Coffee. Being married to a Spaniard, mornings…

Mince Pies

These are buttery, little melt-in-the-mouth mince pies. I make my own mince meat but a good shop-bought version will work well too. You can freeze these uncooked or cooked. Lovely to have warm from the oven when guests call in. Ingredients Pastry 8oz plain flour 4 ½ oz butter 1 teaspoon icing sugar Pinch salt…

christmas cakes

Christmas Cake

Only three weeks to go now until Christmas … but still plenty of time to have a go at making your own Christmas Cake. Making your own cake does require some time but if you get ahead and have all your ingredients weighed out and the cake tin prepared, the making of the cake is…

Irish Tea Cake

This is a lovely traditional Irish Tea Cake made with dried fruit which is soaked over night in tea. Delicious with or without butter and a nice cup of tea ! Keeps for ages. Ingredients 6oz ( 170g ) raisins 6oz ( 170g ) sultanas 4 oz ( 110g ) currants 2oz ( 55g )…

Soda Farls

Soda Farls are one of the quickest breads you could make. This is my mother’s recipe, she always bakes them on a heavy cast iron griddle but they work just as well on a dry non stick pan . Ingredients 10 oz plain flour 1 level teaspoon baking soda (too much turns bread yellow) Pinch…

Pumpkin Pie

The pumpkins are abundant at this time of year , look out for onion squash and the pumpkins with a blue green skin , they both have  a lovely deep orange firm flesh and can be found at markets and some supermarkets. Butternut squash works perfectly well also. And if you have a polytunnel they…