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…

wee buns pumpkin pie recipe

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 pollytunnel they…

Preserving Class wee buns crab apple jelly recipe

Preserving in Autumn

Autumn is a time of plenty and a great time to preserve some of the lovely autumnal produce on our doorsteps. Apples, pears, plums , damsons, crab apples, medlars and quince if you’re lucky enough to grow or find them . My quince trees have come to an end this year due to a common…

Baking Classics Class

Autumn is in the air

The days are getting colder and darker but autumn fruits are ripening. The trees are laden with pears, apples of all varieties and plums, not to mention quince and medlars which make wonderful amber hued jellies. And the crab apples of course, I have a lovely deep red variety growing ( don’t ask me which…