Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bacon and cabbage with parsley sauce...

First of all I have a confession to make... I came to live in Ireland in 2006 and... it's only this month that... for the VERY FIRST time I've cooked AND eaten traditional Irish bacon and cabbage! I know! Why so late you're asking?! I have no idea, but I can assure you about one thing - I'll eat it at least once a month from now on! It's very easy to cook - besides the parsley sauce (which really IS a must) everything else basically cooks itself on it's own, you just have to keep an eye on it.

Another confession to make - I hate parsley! I don't really know why, but it's been like this since I was little. But saying all this - I LOVE this parsley sauce! Am I weird or what...? ;)
So considering all the above I think that anyone who haven't tired this dish yet HAS to try it! I'm a total convert when it comes to parley - at least when it comes to this particular sauce. And when it comes to B&C - it's one of my favourite dishes now and one that will be on my dinner table very often from now on!


I made this dish following a recipe from a great book by Neven Maguire "The Nation's favourite food".

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

MacNean Wheaten Bread... recipe by Neven Maguire...

There's something very comforting in home made bread. The making, the baking itself which fills whole house with fantastic smell and then the eating - of fresh, still warm bread with a generous spread of butter on top. I love brown bread, Irish soda brown bread. Always wanted to make my own. I've made Irish soda bread many times, but I've never made the "brown version" of it - that is until now. The MacNean wheaten bread is from now on officially my favourite brown bread! It's quick and very easy to make, rises beautifully, smells so delicious and tastes even better! It also keeps well for good few days.


This recipe comes from a fantastic cook book "The Nation's favourite food" by Neven Maguire. Thank you Neven - for a superb recipe and the best brown bread I've tasted in Ireland!



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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sweet smoked paprika flavored onion rings....

I love onion rings! I just love them! There's something comforting, nice and soooo delicious in those little golden rings. Normally I'm not a fan of cooked/baked/fried onion so for me to say that I love onion rings is something not quite right... ;) I always ate only a store bought version or if I got some in a restaurant/bistro. But it was high time to finally make them myself! I got nice, big, white, sweet onions but... I wouldn't be me if I din't want to put my mark on something even so simple and easy as onion rings. Some time ago I was lucky enough to receive a free sample of smoked paprika products from La Chinata and decided to spice things up with those onion rings. The result was fantastic - crisp, sweet onion rings with a nice hint of smoked paprika which worked so well together! Not to mention their lovely dark golden colour :) I will never ever again buy ready made onion rings!



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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lemon curd and strawberry sponge cupcakes....

Nothing better to brighten the mood on a chilly, dark and rainy day than a cupcake. A fluffy, light as an air cupcake. A cupcake with lemon curd inside. A cupcake with some vanilla yogurt, fresh strawberries and blueberries on top. A cupcake that has all the above!
The below recipe comes from a great book "The Nation's favourite food" by Neven Maguire (and if you haven't heard about it before, it's about Irish nation's favourite food). It was very quick to make and I had all the ingredients at hand. His is a big, round sponge cake with plenty of whipped cream and fresh strawberries, below is my take on the recipe - little, fluffy cupcakes. I'm very happy with the end result!




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Friday, January 10, 2014

Traditional Polish chocolate cake with chocolate glaze (Murzynek)....

I'm pretty sure that everyone, but everyone living in Poland came across that cake at least once in their life time. Well, if you actually came across that cake you'll then make it your business to come across it again - it's SO good! So very chocolaty, moist and I absolutely LOVE the glazing! But I'm warning - if you'll be like me - there's a danger that you'' eat the glaze before you'll have a chance to cover the cake with it! ;)
So please, pretty please - DO try making this cake! And if you won't like it (which I probably won't believe in ;) ) please do let me know about it. Nothing more to add so... ENJOY!




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Sunday, January 05, 2014

Granola bars...

I know that usually I'm NOT the one for "healthy food" recipes (and believe me you won't have many more in the future either ;) ), but granola bars are something I enjoy eating and what I wanted to make for ages. If you go to a health food store to buy one bar, only one, then you're short of minimum €1! I made this whole tray of granola bars for less than €4! And I'm pretty sure that somehow they are tastier (I've chosen the things I like to put there) and maybe even healthier than the store bought version (as I'm in control as to what went there, so no additives etc.). Bars are really nice, packed with fruits, soft, easy to "chew", but still have a bit of crunch to them. So to a good, healthy start to this New Year! :)


"Granola is a breakfast food and snack food, popular in the Americas, consisting of rolled oatsnutshoney, and sometimes puffed rice, that is usually baked until crisp. During the baking process the mixture is stirred to maintain a loose, breakfast cereal-type consistency. Dried fruits, such as raisins and dates, are sometimes added." - by wikipedia.org



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