Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Blackberry and Apple Tart with Hazelnut Crust for the last day of Autumn

Blackberries were poor this year. smaller, harder, less succulent, less sweet, less black. Just like every other crop in Ireland this disappointing year.  Two weeks ago, we took to the hedgerows on a bright, sunny day and picked our fill. … Continue reading

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Macabre Chocolate Biscuit Cake for Hallowe’en

 Part of the celebration of Hallowe’en is taking to the kitchen and baking. A black and orange chocolate biscuit cake is a suitably macabre offering. Hallowe’en.  The eve of all hallows – hallows meaning holy.  Holy because on that night, … Continue reading

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Red Tomato Chutney- preserving Autumn’s bounty

Chutney.  Anglo Irish history in a glass jar.  A real ‘come-all-ye’ of a food, made from any and all of the fruits of autumn’s bounty.  Apple chutney uses up windfalls. Plum chutney traps the goodness of Victoria plums when there’s … Continue reading

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Hearty Lentil Soup

Yesterday I made large pot of Hearty Lentil soup.  A Soup for our Times.   Low cost, nourishing, filling, tasty, low glycaemic index.  Perfect for a cold, rainy day. Ideal to take to school or to work in a Thermos. I … Continue reading

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Good Health begins with Breastfeeding

Good health begins with breastfeeding.  As it’s National Breastfeeding week, I thought I’d share a picture of my favourite breastfed baby with you. My little grandson wasn’t too concerned with the idea of posing for a photo as he had … Continue reading

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Fish Pie for Children- it’s a No-Brainer

What do we all want for our children?  Good health, strong bodies, intelligent minds, loving disposition. Fish for dinner two days a week will take care of the first three.  The fourth……? Still trying to work that one out!   … Continue reading

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