Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hello stranger

Well hello stranger. How're you doing?

Ok, so I have been REALLY crap and not posted on here since when....January...December even? I'll try to be more diligent about posting on here more, really. Especially since I now cook everyday. I've moved in with Gar to a little one bedroom house, we've got a cat that at the moment has lost her voice so she's just squeaking at us, and work for me is only a 20 minute walk away. We're living the dream.

Oh yeah, so other great news and a MASSIVE reason why I have no time to really blog anymore is that I have a job as an admin with an events company. It's certainly been keeping me busy and I've tried to found a ladies vintage appreciation society in Dublin. It's slowly getting there. If only I had more time to put into it really.

Anyway so far this week we've been eating a alot of comfort food. Gar's cooked his speciality, we've been to dinner at my mom's and had her rendition of jambalaya, I've made a massive pot of minestrone soup and last night we had potato and carrot rostis with halumi cheese, guacamole and tomatoes in olive oil, pepper and balsamic vinegar. It's been a tasty week :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mom's tomato, tofu and almond burgers

Here's a recipe from my mom for some yummy vegan burger patties!

Easy on the bread stuffing

I adore a good bread stuffing. The butter, the herbs, the soft crunch of the sweated onions and just the fluffy softness of the butter soaked bread crumbs which have just sucked up all of the flavours. That to me is when it is at it's most perfect and delicious, when it's fresh out of the pot. Since I've tried to limit my wheat intake to only occasional indulgences, bread stuffing had fallen to the back of my mind. It's a forgotten pleasure for me which has only recently seen a reintroduction to my diet. 

You can make this with whatever type of bread you like; normal wheat, wholewheat, brown, batch, soda, rye or gluten/wheat free. Whatever you like and can eat. 

*Also for the time being you'll have to forgive my lack of a photo I've been having some problems with my SD card and my camera lately.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and all that jazz

Just a quick post with some seasonal wishes for all those lovely people who take the time to read my blog.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dark chocolate pecan pies

So it's almost Christmas and it's time to start making some seasonal food. Normally I don't bother with this stuff. I don't love or hate mince pies, but I don't think I'd make them for myself. So this year I decided to try and make a few variations on the traditional mince pie by making dark chocolate pecan pies and roast cranberry and apple pies. 

Here's how I made the pecan pies, which have been very well received by all who have eaten them so far. My mother thinks she could keep eating them til she gets diabetes. 

That's pretty high praise right?

Spelt pastry recipe

Yesterday I went to my friend Rioghnach's Christmas party. She's been so encouraging about my blog and we have a shared love of cooking and all things retro. So I tried to channel my inner Betty Crocker and planned to bring some tasty baked treats to her party.

My list of tasty treats included chocolate macaroons and my alternatives to the traditional mince pie, so mini jam pies, chocolate pecan pies and roast cranberry, apple and Cointreau pies. Sadly the macaroons as we speak are sitting in the bin. They looked perfectly cooked when they came out of the oven, so not suspecting a problem and feeling slightly stressed about how many things I had to do, I left them to cool and thought nothing more of it. Until I attempted to remove them from the greaseproof paper and they fell apart. They hadn't cooked in the centre and returning them to the oven did little to salvage the situation. Sigh. Baking failures make me very sad. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dark chocolate mousse

I've had a hankering for chocolate mousse for a few days now. I volunteer as a moderator with a mental health community website so I caved and whipped up a batch of dark chocolate mousse planning to reward myself after my shift with some chocolate yumminess. And it certainly was yummy!

The recipe I used is the Chocolate rum pots recipe from 1001 Cupcakes, Cookies & Other Tempting Treats. But with the cream and rum substituted with oat cream and Cointreau.

Just as a side note, this recipe does contain raw eggs. Also it contains alcohol that doesn't get cooked out, so be cautious about people driving a car soon after eating this, but you don't have to add the alcohol if you don't want to.