I love my kitchen gadgets, and have many, from meat slicers to meat mincers, dehydrators to steam pressure ovens, you name it, I seem to have it. But, I have been looking at getting a Sous Vide water bath cooker. I have always fancied one, and I know that a lot of the top chefs use them. I admit I do have the vacuum sealer and lots of rolls of sealing bags,… Read More
Today I decided to make Pumpkin & Bacon Soup, and what a triumph, so here it is for you all to enjoy. Ingredients Olive Oil50g Butter1 Onion – diced fine150g Dry-cured bacon chopped – I used oak smoked dry curedSmall pumpkin, you will need about 800g of flesh, peeled and de-seeded.1-litre chicken stock100ml double cream3 tablespoons of pumpkin seedsMaple syrup Instructions In a large pan heat about a tablespoon of oil with… Read More
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; Well, that’s not all that true, the dogs are running about playing with cardboard tubes. I have been cooking and preparing all day for tomorrow. My turkey is so big (too big) that it has taken close to 6 hours to cook. I have made my traditional sage and onion stuffing, not the… Read More
My Hubby is Irish, so many many years ago I learned how to make proper Irish Soda Bread, Wheaten Bread & Soda Farls. Since winter is well and truly on its way, and it is lashing with rain outside I thought I would make us some. I thought I would share my recipe and do a show and tell. Ingredients 250g Plain Flour 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda ½ teaspoon of salt… Read More
Growing up in the country there were many smells/fragrances about, from livestock to equine to rapeseed, but there are other smells that also take me back in time. The smell of an outboard motor reminds me of a holiday when I was about 10 in my uncle’s speedboat, fishing in the North Atlantic. Lavender, scones, evaporated milk, streaky bacon all remind me of being in my maternal Nans kitchen, apricot brandy and… Read More
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