So, looks like 2016 has arrived and I have been missing from the blogoshpere for almost a year. Wow, where did time go? What have I been up to? Well in a pinch, I have been adjusting to new life in Ireland and to the new job, new house, pretty much new everything. Then the parents came for a visit and so it was a pretty packed few months to say the least. Here is a snippet of what we got up to during my hiatus. It’s good to be back tho.
Made these scrummy mini banana nut cheesecakes to test out my new Baker’s Pride loose-bottomed tin and they turned out great. The boyfriend will now have the honour of carting the lot to the office tomorrow and we will see how they are received by this co-workers. The pan itself was a delight to use and it produced a very even bake. Pleased with purchase. God bless Amazon.View full post
Back from Iceland, moved into new apartment and then I baked this. I have never baked a chocolate cheesecake before but then I thought “how hard can it be, right?” Standard cheesecake method, just add melted chocolate. Sorted. Haha. Anyway, this cheesecake tart is divine and all I am saying is you should make it too.View full post
Mmmm … pasta, I love it. Simple, versatile and it fills you up. Functional and economical, yes, but that doesn’t mean you sacrifice flavour. Pasta served with butter is just as satisfying. Today I am making one of my favourite baked pasta dishes which is also vegetarian friendly – stuffed cannelloni with a ricotta and spinach filling. I have made this many times in the past and it never disappoints … so I am putting this up on the blog in the hope that you try it as well.View full post
Winter has come and gone. We now wait in anticipation for spring to show its lovely face, bringing with it rays of much needed sunshine and crisp morning air. The chills still linger on however, so one must still nourish the soul with creamy comforts whenever one is able to indulge. This is my first time making Beef Stroganoff and it came out amazing. Super easy, super tasty.View full post
I always preferred pasta in cream sauces to those made with red sauce. Lots of garlic and a splash of cream makes for a lovely bowl of comfort on a cold winters day … just don’t forget the grated cheese and smokey bacon bits as well. Mmm, so good! This dish is pretty simple to make and will be done in about 30-mins from start to finish.View full post
Christmas is once again upon us … my favourite time of year. ‘Tis the season for cookies and crackers, of puddings and Christmas presents. However, for some the thought of sitting down to Christmas dinner with the prospect of having traditional pudding for afters is not such a holiday treat. Here is an alternative that will please all those fussy festive diners.View full post
Wow, my first trip to the USA and I actually had time to make dessert and feature a new blog post – that’s never happened before. Well the month long holiday has well and truly come to an end. We have packed up and left New York and arrived home today. It is approximately 3 am and I am wide awake after having slept significantly in the afternoon. So screwed. Write blog post. Enjoy.View full post
The round up of a very epic weekend in Kenosha at a gorgeous lakeside property on the shores of Lake Michigan. This would be our 4th EVE event and this time it is to meet up with all the American gamers – none of the Canadians made it, which is unfortunate. But we still had an awesome weekend and I would do it all over again if I could.View full post
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Here is a great way to get your kids eating fish, and also a way to clean out your fridge of any leftover mashed potato in one fell swoop. These babies have all the characteristics of a fun snack to have at garden parties or simply just to eat whenever. Crispy and crunchie on the outside, yet moist and creamy on the inside… delicious!
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Welcome one and all to my very first food post from Ireland. Feeling very happy and in spite of the obvious startup hiccups here and there, we are settling in very nicely. Ireland is well known for their lamb so here I present a dish using 100% Irish lamb mince, using it to make this intensely flavourful Indian curry.
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Final day of travelling for us and it is going to be a loooong one. Another one of those long distance drives done in a single day. It will be the last part of my three part series documenting our journey across five countries to eventually end up in Ireland.
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As with all my travels, food plays a huge role and I always make it a point to sample the local specialties. Here we were in Cornwall for about three weeks and it gave us a nice time frame to sample a wide variety of things … all of them good eats, from the local pub meals to chippy fare. I even ate some tinned stuff from the supermarket … yeah, it’s that kinda holiday.
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Welcome back to Part II of my Cornish adventures. It is now week two and we are still feeling pretty lucky to be visiting this part of the British isles. This week sees us taking in more of the sights along the coast to the south and north of Perranporth, and a couple of sights inland towards Truro and county Devon. Have been indulging in cheap (but gooooood!) eats, and this week also sees me and R. going a bit mental in TESCO like we never dreamed we would. Ahhh … the joys of moving back to good ‘ol Anglo-Saxon creature comforts.
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So R. and I are off on another trip, this time to the southwest of England. This trip is only the first half of our real destination, which is Ireland. Three weeks of R&R and then life will start to get serious again, so we better make the most of this one. Am writing this article now as I sit in our rented house on the coast facing the Celtic sea, facing Ireland … our new home.
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Everybody loves those Swedish meatballs they serve up in IKEA stores … c’mon, admit it! Yummy meatballs smothered in their signature brown gravy … mmm! But what to do if you don’t live near an IKEA or cannot be bothered queuing up for a plate of these delectable treats? Well, make them yourself of course. I did, and they came out really well.
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Chicken Mughlai is yet another famous dish bourne out of the royal kitchens of the great emperors of northern India. It is a beautiful dish of tender chicken cooked in a rich, creamy nut gravy. With it I am serving jeera rice … a wonderfully fragrant rice dish made by adding toasted cumin seeds, onions and coriander.
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