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…

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…

wee buns recipes

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…

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…

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…