This was my first time making crumpets, so I decided to experiment a little. Risque Risky but successful. Sunday morning …
This is sexy eating and drinking food. Cutlery required or not, drinking mussels from their shells and eating prawns with your …
The humble swede is one of my top ten vegetables. The sweet golden core of this adaptable ingredient proves indispensable I find for frugal cooking. These crunchy wedges are absolutely luscious and great as part of a diet or healthy eating plan.
The first time I tried Gnocchi my teeth were pasted ungraciously together for the rest of the day. Starchy, gruesome balls of inedible stodgy dough. However these little potato dumplings are not far removed from potato cakes, so if you have ventured in making the latter, you will be surprised how easy gnocchi is. Just be ready with lots of flour to prevent sticking and you can freeze any excess for a fast last-minute dinner.
This is express sofa food. The versatility of Mac ‘n Cheese makes it a midweek lifesaver after a busy day, using whatever favourite cheeses you have lurking in the fridge. Also the frugality of it’s ingredients a winner when pursestrings are stretched or you haven’t had time to shop. This is a part-steal from ‘Nigella Express’ using evaporated milk instead of the laborious task of making a bechamel cheese sauce and I’ve added flaked almonds which gives the dish bite and texture. I’ve often made this the night before, refrigerating, and then baked it the following day. Feel free to substitue the cheeses to suit whatever you have. Real fast food.
Elizabeth David doesn’t mess around. And I’m not in the mood for a recipe that messes me around. I would never mess around with an Elizabeth David recipe. So I’m not going to mess you around. If there was a statue of Elizabeth David I think I would have it on my kitchen windowsill, much like old-fashioned Irish housewives have the ‘Child of Prague’ statue with a penny underneath. I would put a pinch of herbs under mine. This is from ‘At Elizabeth David’s Table’. Highly recommended.
This is a delicious economic soup, which is filling and healthy and can easily be adapted to vegetarian tastes by replacing the chicken stock with vegetable stock and omitting the lean smoked bacon, replacing with 1 tsp of smoked paprika instead.
This hearty pie is quintessentially Irish with the use of Stout, in this case Beamish which has been brewed in beautiful Cork for over 200 years. I’ve added a little horseradish which isn’t traditional but lifts the sauce very gently with a little heat and marries happily with beef. Serve it either as a delicious casserole with well buttered mashed potatoes as an alternative if you haven’t puff pastry, and feel life is too short to spend hours hand making it.