Easy Potato And Seafood Chowder Pie

Dinner | April 11, 2016 | By

Easy Potato And Seafood Chowder Pie. This seafood medley is simple to make and tasty for all the family. Fish, prawns, mussels and squid topped with potato.

Easy Potato And Seafood Chowder Pie
Well, this Easy Potato And Seafood Chowder Pie takes me right back to my school days, when we were taught how to make a basic cheese potato pie in Home Economics. I remember it well, because in this particular lesson my class unleashed mayhem! There were a couple of tearaways that the teacher  just couldn’t control, who were throwing potato peel around the classroom and talking back at her. Not that I was an angel, but Home Economics was a subject that I enjoyed and always paid attention in. Luckily, the potato pie was simple to make and tasty, or I doubt we’d have ever gotten through that lesson!

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Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb With Rosemary & Garlic

Dinner, Lunch | March 27, 2016 | By

Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb With Rosemary and Garlic

Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb

I write to you today for a number of reasons. 1) my kitchen smells simply divine from a leg of lamb slow cooked with rosemary and garlic from early this morning and the recipe, although maybe too late for Easter Dinner now, still needs to be shared. 2) because Lynas Food outlet have Spring sales on through March – April and you won’t want to miss out. 3) it’s Easter Sunday, I’m chilling with my dog on my lap, glass of red, belly full of lamb… and if I don’t distract myself, I know I will end up going back into the kitchen to nibble on the remainder of said lamb. I’ve already over-indulged myself on chocolate eggs! 

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Chicken, Prawn and Mango Curry

Dinner | February 29, 2016 | By

Chicken, Prawn and Mango Curry

Chicken, Prawn and Mango Curry
Buckled up in the backseat, the journey would be a long one, or so it would seem to me as a child. I used to look forward to these visits down to my Grandfather’s house. He lived by the sea in a little town called Killough, near Downpatrick, where my Mother grew up. Over the years I’ve heard many stories from her youth and the places associated with them. I know the steep path she and her Sister used to climb to visit my Great-granny. I know the street where my Dad first clocked eyes at my Mum crossing the road to go to the cinema where she worked (41 years on and it’s still there) and of course, where Saint Patrick is buried. My Grandfather used to be a Fisherman and the one memory that stands out to me is eating the fresh prawns that he had caught. I’ve always loved prawns from then and anytime I cook with them, I’m taken back to that little seaside town. 

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Cheesy Pasta Bake With Sweet Potato

Dinner, Vegetarian | February 8, 2016 | By

Cheesy Pasta bake with sweet potato.

cheesy pasta bake

A few days ago I found myself home alone, cold and bored. My distractions (Facebook, Twitter – baby talking to 4 needy dogs) were only interrupted by hunger and a lack of warmth. I made the short walk from our living room, almost tripping over the dogs along the way, to see what there was to eat in the kitchen. Not much, was the answer. Bag of pasta, some sweet potatoes, a very lonesome looking bar of chocolate soon to be devoured… and CHEESE. Ha! Forget the chocolate for now, cheese is my saviour! Cheese is sunshine on cold days. Cheese is the Confringo spell to eradicate boredom. Hello, cheese! I welcome you into my hands, I’m pleased to grate you over food and watch you melt and go all gooey. I’m more than happy to go for seconds and wipe the plate clean. Yes, I love cheese.

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Sausage Casserole With Herb Dumplings

Dinner | January 29, 2016 | By

Succulent beef sausage casserole with sweet potatoes, carrots and herb dumplings.

Sausage Casserole
How is your week going so far folks? I’m so glad it’s almost the weekend! We are currently dog-sitting again and the house has become like a playpen with four crazy but loveable Yorkshire Terriers, rather than just the one. In fact, if you were to step inside from the dreary and cold weather we’re experiencing right now, you would presume our house was a nursery with the amount of toys lying around. I swear these animals have more coats, blankets and treats than any kid I know. I can tell you another thing about these dogs, (which should come as no surprise) they love sausages! The instant I start to cook them, I can hear them crying and see the frantic wagging of their tails from the adjacent room; their eyes clocking my every move. They weren’t the only ones whose eyes were locked on like a missile to its target, and I hardly got a minutes’ peace to make this without a certain someone asking “You cooking those sausages tonight – that smells good – can you stop photographing it, so we can eat it!”. 

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Cheese, Chicken and Broccoli Chowder Ft Barber’s 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar

Barber's 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar
© Image Barber’s 1833

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Butterbean and Chickpea Stew

 
 Butterbean and Chickpea Stew
 
This hearty butterbean and chickpea stew reminds me of the vegetable soup that my mum used to make when I was little. At the time I was the fussiest eater in the world and drove my parents completely insane! I used to eat a round of bread with no butter and that was it! Mum’s vegetable soup however was something I could eat and enjoy without causing too much of a drama (picked out all the parsnip, which I loathed back then). I loved the butter beans and sopping up all the broth with my (dry) piece of bread was comfort food at its best.

Well, how times have changed! No longer a fussy eater (thank goodness!) and parsnips I now love!

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Pork and Orange Casserole

Dinner | July 20, 2015 | By

“The most delicious pork fillet recipe Ive ever tasted in my life.” 

pork fillet recipe
A direct quote from my nearest and dearest on this pork fillet and orange casserole. I wasn’t intending on blogging this recipe either. It was an experiment that turned out to be so incredibly good, I just had to put it up!

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Couscous And Pancetta Stuffed Peppers With Sweet Potato Wedges

Dinner | July 8, 2015 | By

The Tall ships sailed into town over the weekend and Neil and I made it a point to avoid them. Big boats aren’t really my cup of tea, neither are huge crowds of people, especially on hot sunny days. Instead we decided to have a completely chilled out time of it. On Friday night we went to the Queens Film Theatre to see AMY, which was excellent, but of course very sad. Come Saturday afternoon, still feeling a little depressed from the Amy Winehouse film, we headed out to find somewhere for a bite to eat . We stopped off at one of our favourite spots, but unfortunately we were a tad too late for the lunch menu. The menu looked really nice too! Neil in particular fancied the stuffed peppers, to which I replied “well, let’s just make our own instead!”.

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Udon noodle Soup with Tofu, Spinach, Carrots and Baby Corn

 Meatless Mondays have definitely become a weekly ritual for Neil and I. When we sat down to look at our meal plan for the week ahead, it was Neil’s turn to choose Monday’s. Since he’s a big fan of Asian cuisine, I was not surprised when he picked “some kind of Japanese noodle soup”. I love this though, as I can start coming up with ideas. When I searched google, ramen noodles seemed to dominate but lower down the page it was udon noodles that caught my attention. Udon noodles are a thick, chewy and soft wheat noodle that we had never tried before. Miso broth seems a popular combination to go with it, but I wanted to work with what I already had in the kitchen, and so this dish of udon noodle soup with tofu, spinach, carrots and baby corn was developed.

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