I decided I wanted to add some Irish dish for Paddy's Day. I originally planned on doing a Beef and Stout Stew which is yumm and I've never made one myself so it is something I plan to do but looking around at all the different recipes I realised there's millions of them out there and it's perfect as it is so I didn't think my getting some of the ingredients wrong was going to improve it any - whi
Last night the government announced that it is axing the Mobility Allowance and Motorized Transport Grant. The Mobility Allowance is only available to people who are seriously physically disabled and satisfy a means test. Why are the government stopping this scheme? Because they had in a place a ridiculous and inexcusable situation where it wasn't possible to apply for the allowance if you were ov
I'm back in connected land!!! And to celebrate I want to share with you one of the simplest and tasty (but far from heart-healthy) sweet treats I know. It's not my recipe. It's from Jocasta Innes' The Paupers Cookbook which I love and have mentioned many times, and this is the last recipe from that book I'm going to add to twimii - simply because if I don't stop now I'll end up posting the whole b
First post of the year 13 (the year 13 sounds so dramatic, why don't we drop the 20?) - it's taken me so long because I'm currently in an internet blackspot ... feels more like a blackhole ... and my main computer had all its data completely wiped out. Quite a fitting start to 13 really. Anyway towards the end of 12, I started thinking about New Year's Resolutions, as you do, and I remembered that
I've mentioned one cheap supermarket find recently so I may as well mention another; Lidl do cheap fresh fish deals regularly. I got some sea bass filets there a few weeks ago, fried them in some butter, then fried some sliced garlic in a good lump of butter and squeezed in some fresh lemon for a sauce to pour over. It was the best fish dish I've ever cooked but I didn't post it on twimii because
This will be the last chocolate-molasses-ginger flavoured recipe and the last diet-be-damned recipe for some time. There is only so much cream cheese one can eat. Not the best introduction to what turned out to be a very nice cake, which I will definitely be making again. Though not very often. This dessert is filled with minerals but it's also packed with saturated fat. Fine for every now and the
When I was making the liquorice cake last week I discovered a new taste combination that I love, ginger and chocolate, well to be more specific, ginger, chocolate, cinnamon, molasses, golden syrup and butter. I had some ideas of how I'd use this mix - like some sort of cheesecake or maybe a chocolate fudge torte type thing, except I ate all of the gorgeous chocolate and cheese that I had before I
I read some article titled something daft like "Top 10 scariest foods". Coconut was in the top 10. That's how daft the list was. And still I read it. Anyway liquorice was also on the list and I have always been curious about how some people can really hate liquorice. I think liquorice tastes great. I love chocolate but I think liquorice is addictive. I don't eat that much of it because, believe it
I used to buy lasagne all the time but now that I've got a recipe I'm happy with I make it instead. And even though it's not exactly health food, the homemade version has got to be more nutritious, right? So I decided to try to make a homemade version of another treat food - Chinese takeaway. I haven't got a takeaway for quite some time because my normal order is Chicken Kung Po and I don't eat c
I love my Apple Cinnamon Cake (aka the Apple Banana Cake). Love it, make it all the time. It's so simple. The thing is though, even though it has lots of banana in it, it doesn't taste of banana at all, hence the name change. I decided that before I changed the name I needed to come up with some proper apple-banana creation. I had a few false starts, some of which were so bad they ended up in the
I came up with this recipe because I went to make a version of the Banana Apple Cake (I make that all the time) except I was going to use blackberries and blackcurrants rather than apples, which works very well, but when I went to the cupboard I realised I'd already used up the ground almonds. Luckily I had bought whole almonds because I saw a delicious looking treat, Blueberry Tartlettes, and int
This is actually something I throw together when I've nothing left in the cupboard and the shops are closed or I'm tied up with something so popping to the shop is not an option. I know I'm not really selling it but actually it's a fairly tasty mess. I've been making it for years. It a quick and handy sort of rough and ready meal - more of a lunch than dinner. And when I last made it it occurred t
I've already mentioned my love of lasagne but after seeing Our Daily Bread recently I decided that while I'm not going to go veggie again (I was a very unhealthy veggie for latter half of my teens) I do want to eat less meat. So I wanted to come up with a vegetarian version of lasagne and the thing I wanted most was for it to taste reasonably similar to the meat version. So I wanted the filling to
I moved a couple of weeks ago. And of course in the process I cleared out the fridge freezer. I discovered frozen lamb chops in the freezer, when I bought them, why I froze them, who knows. Maybe they were a present from the forget-me-not food fairy. I also found an unfinished bottle of red wine in the fridge. I don't know how wine bottles manage to blend in with the rest of the stuff in the fridg
Months ago I bought sliced pickled jalapeños because I thought they were required for some recipe and wouldn't you know it, I had got it wrong. Shocking, I know. And so they took up residence in my cupboard, mocking me every time I looked at them. "Oh, you'll never use me. I'll be gone bad long before you've figured out what to do!" Well, I showed them ... sort of, still got 4/5 of the jar left.
So this is a pretty easy recipe with some whiting fillets baked in a sort of ratatouille. Nice and summery with a gentle sunny flavour. My original plan was to make Jocasta Innes' Braised Herrings with Potatoes and Apple but they didn't have any herring fillets in the supermarket - I know, I know I should have gone to the fishmongers. There is a good fishmongers around here too so I really have no
DO NOT ADD SALT - There's loads of salt in this already with the rashers, tomato purée, butter and cheese. So in case you have the habit of sprinkling salt over any veg you cook don't do it with this. If you like a lot of salt wait until the bolognese is ready to see if you think it needs more. As you can probably tell I made this mistake first.
I love lasagne. I love all those stodgy kinds
This is a very light quiche. I use soya milk rather than dairy and I think soya milk with egg makes a really nice light combination. I don't know if you are aware of the is soya good for you debate that has been going on (mostly in the US I think). I never liked dairy as a child. I only started eating cheese, cream etc as an adult. I now like dairy well enough but I'd never drink a glass of milk.
Um. Yes. Rereading The way I make EU Fiscal Treaty is, as I wondering how to improve the layout of this website (suggestions welcome) I realized just how rambling and incoherent that particular ramble is. It's funny because in the past I've joked about how the No campaigners in any EU related referendum must be secretly employed by the Commission as their arguments are usually so over-the-top (rem
I'm not sure if I should admit to this... Well, considering that I have already admitted to food poisoning and that no one actually reads this blog, I might as well...
Often times by the time I get around to writing the recipe I've forgotten the exact quantities I've used so I just throw down any measurement that sounds about right. Sometimes I've even forgotten exactly what ingredients I used. I