Pancakes

Pancakes

Pancakes are a weekend treat in our house. The grandchildren (and indeed, some adult “children”, ahem, Lauren) prefer them with chocolate chips. The rest of us like them plain or with fruit added. This is the basic recipe. After many years of throwing...
Favourite Granola

Favourite Granola

A couple of years ago I became very conscious of the number of ways in which packaged food is enhanced to strike the bliss point of taste – that perfect intersection of fat, sugar & salt, that sets us up to crave ever saltier, sweeter and fattier foods,...
Peameal Bacon Hash

Peameal Bacon Hash

This flavourful combination of vegetables and peameal bacon is a family favourite for weekend or holiday breakfasts, particularly with freshly baked croissants. This year, daughter Lauren got up at some ungodly hour on Christmas morning to proof and bake both...
Date & Nut Loaf

Date & Nut Loaf

After a long walk with the dogs, we like nothing better than to curl up with a book, a cup of tea and a fire in the fireplace. Of course, one never wishes to have what the Irish peculiarly call a “dry cup of tea”, an expression I’ve never been able...
Berry Bowls

Berry Bowls

Painting china was an approved activity for refined young ladies during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, as illustrated by the character Amy in the movie Little Women. While the pastime has gone by the wayside in the wake of keyboarding and iPods, some lovely...