If you've never griddled Baby Gem Lettuce before then you have no idea what you are missing... and this is the time to try it! It's so simple to do, almost fool proof as long as you don't walk away to watch the World Cup (I'm supporting France in our family sweepstakes by the way). Cooking baby gem transforms it from a little crunchy salad package to a softer almost vegetable like comfort food and literally takes minutes to do.Read more
I’m not generally a big fan of baked cheesecakes but I made this at the request of my daughter Lucy who was coming home to visit for a weekend.
Usually a week before she arrives I get a text listing all the food she would like me [or her Dad] to make for her. All of them are family favourites, basically homemade comfort food and I obviously spoil her feeding her as much as possible in the hope she will come back and visit again very soon.
Anyway… this cheesecake may well have changed my mind about baked cheesecakes.Read more
This is definitely an in-a-rush-to-eat-midweek sort of salad. Boiling and peeling the eggs is the most labour intensive part! For speed I buy the ham hock pre-cooked and shredded from Marks & Spencer, and although I prefer home-made croutons, you can always buy them instead - or just toast a slice of sourdough.
The dressing uses buttermilk, instead of mayo or sour cream, and it's big bold flavour finishes the salad off perfectly. I've used a local blue cheese called "Sperrin Blue", a Dart Mountain Cheese which is a semi soft, creamy, pasteurised blue cheese which is only lightly veined. I don't like it too funky!Read more
One thing I've loved since being back in Northern Ireland is the delicious local dairy products - milk, butter, and the best cream ever. I've never shied away from using them in the past and now I'm back I'll probably use even more!Read more
I made this salad for no other reason than to try out my new "Spiraliser" Kitchen Aid attachment . The attachment worked a treat and the kids wanted to spiralise everything in the fridge - an hour of fun!Read more
Busy month with packing, last days of school, birthdays and now Father's Day. As Sean is still away in Cayman I asked my Dad what he would like me to make him for his Father's Day dinner. His reply was "A Pie"...Read more