Garden Peas à la Française by my Mémère

Garden Peas à la Française by my Mémère

This is an old French classic. My granny used to give this to me when I would go and visit her on a Wednesday on my lunch from school. It would be normally served with a couple of slices of horse “roast beef”. She use to call roast beef everything that was tied with a string! It’s quick and easy... Read More

Meatballs 4  ways

Meatballs 4 ways

Meat balls are always a treat. You can have them prepared and frozen in advance. They’re handy. And they’re fun to make. Kids love sticking their little hands in the mixing bowl and getting involved in that messy fun! You can make any of these into proper burgers or smaller meat balls. Method will be the same for each of these:... Read More

Spicy Thai Broth (5 min chopping – 15 min cooking!)

Spicy Thai Broth (5 min chopping – 15 min cooking!)

If you’re think of plain food and you’re fighting off a cold this will do the trick. It’s fresh, it’s zingy and it makes your mouth happy! This recipe was passed to me by my favourite man in the whole of Scotland. He’ll know who he is! Ingredients:  1 bunch of scallions (spring onions), 1 scotch bonnet chilli, 3/4 stalks... Read More

Roasted peppers stuffed with tomatoes

Roasted peppers stuffed with tomatoes

I saw a cooking program last week in passing (although I can’t for the life of me remember what it was) and it mentioned tomato stuffed peppers which greatly intrigued me. I know this is more than likely meant to be a summer dish but when I get some new idea I’m not able to wait too long. Especially when... Read More

Rhubarb and berry crumble

Rhubarb and berry crumble

Today I fancied comfort food and I wanted the house to smell of cake. Sweet, easy, tasty, warm, yummy cake. I didn’t want to spend money on buying a cake when I had most of the ingredients. I hardly ever bake so there is always too much flour and sugar in my presses! I didn’t want anything too sweet so... Read More

French Style Green Beans Salad

French Style Green Beans Salad

This green beans salad is quick and easy to make. It is much more than the sum of its part. Try it and it will be on your kitchen table regularly from then on.  Every year, I try and grow some beans and peas in my garden. This year I’ve string beans and runner beans. I used the runner beans... Read More

Roasted peppers stuffed with beetroot couscous

Roasted peppers stuffed with beetroot couscous

Inspired by Joan Byrne (@jemb123 on Twitter). She tweeted a picture of her lunch during the week and it had been in my head ever since. So here is my take on it! With many thanks to Joan as it really hit the spot! Ingredients: 1 pepper (colour of your choice, I went for yellow), 1 beetroot (fresh), 2 heaped... Read More

Asperges en vinaigrette

Asperges en vinaigrette

Just like the Poireaux en Vinaigrette (http://recessionbitesblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/poireaux-en-vinaigrette/), asparagus with vinaigrette are a classic French starter. Ingredients (for a starter portion – this will serve 2): 1 bunch of white asparagus (as they are hard to come by in Ireland just get them in a jar); 2 heaped table spoons of mignonette sauce (http://recessionbitesblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/sauce-mignonette/) If you have gotten the fresh white... Read More

Poireaux en vinaigrette

Poireaux en vinaigrette

Leeks with a mignonette drizzle. This is a very classic French starter. It’s cheap and is dead handy to use up those couple of leeks wilting in the bottom of the fridge at the end of the week. It’s great for cleaning out your system too. An all round winner! Ingredients (for a starter portion): 1 leek per person; 1... Read More

Sauce Mignonette

Sauce Mignonette

This sauce is a condiment or can be used as a vinaigrette over crudites.  Particularly delicious on a freshly opened oyster. Ingredients: 2 shallots, red wine vinegar, cracked black pepper, half a tea spoon of sugar. Method: Finely dice the shallots, add half a tea spoon of cracked black pepper and half a tea spoon of sugar. Cover in red... Read More

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