Dessert

Queen of Puddings

January 8, 2013

The third series of Downton Abbey started last week in the states, and it’s become an absolute hit over here. I am feeling slightly smug as I have already watched series three back in Ireland. There is something really comforting about settling down for an episode of Downton Abbey.  The minute I see that Labrador in the opening credits, I instantly feel happy and relaxed. Continue Reading…

Biscuits

New Year Fortune Cookies

January 5, 2013

Happy New Year everyone. I seem to be having a bit of a slow start to twenty thirteen, but I am excited to see what’s in store for this year. Twenty twelve was a pretty eventful one for me. I got married, I started eating meat again (after twenty years of no meat), I went gluten free, I left my job and I emmigrated to America! Continue Reading…

Cake

Festive Brownies

December 27, 2012

Myself and the OH travelled home for Christmas and it has been such a treat for us to be with our families again. The journey from Seattle to Ireland, was anything but a treat however. Noisy planes, packed airports and bad food! There is nothing worse than nasty plastic tasting plane food. Thankfully I made some delicious gooey chocolate brownies just before we flew which made it half way across the Atlantic. Continue Reading…

Christmas

Mince Pies

December 19, 2012

Having just moved to America, I’m learning new things every day! Ground almonds are called almond meal, chick peas are called garbanzo beans, and Americans look horrified when I offer them a mince pie. I now realise mince pies are just not that popular over this side of the pond. Just to clarify – not all mince pies contain meat. Continue Reading…

Christmas

Mincemeat

December 13, 2012

Greetings from a greyish Seattle! I’m slowly beginning to get into the holiday spirit, and have just started to think about Christmas recipes. I decided to make some mincemeat first, as it takes about a week to mature and for all the lovely flavours to mingle. Just in case you are unfamiliar with mincemeat, it doesn’t contain any actual meat. The original recipe from centuries ago contained suet and shredded meat, but these days most mincemeat recipes are meat free. Continue Reading…

Sides

Mini Potato Rosti

December 4, 2012

Greetings from Seattle. I’m here just over a week and settling in well. Apologies to my subscribers for sending out a premature update yesterday. I was having a wee technical issue with my site :) It was kind of one of those weird days. I was all set to make some potato latkes yesterday and had everything prepped and ready. I had read a few tips and tricks online for making perfect potato latkes, and I felt well informed. It’s a pretty easy recipe, but there are a few little things that make these treats extra tasty and crispy. Continue Reading…