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recipes

Mrs Campbell’s Banana Bread

There are a handful of recipes which I have baked since childhood.  My mother’s friend Yvonne Campbell always offered something freshly baked when we visited.  While she and Mum held adult conversation, I would sit copying out Mrs Campbell’s recipes into my little recipe book.  In a way it’s sad that children no longer use the respectful term of using ... Read More »

Delicious Sunflower seed snack

  When I was a little girl my parents had a friend who was a chef, he made these back in the 70’s when he visited us.   This savoury sunflower seed snack has been part of my life ever since. I love sharing recipes, I have never really understood people who don’t want to share them.  This one is the ... Read More »

Christmas Tree Cookies

  Once a year I use my grandmother’s cookie roller to make Christmas Cookies.  The children help with cutting out the shapes and love eating them.  I make these before Christmas day as there is always so much other food on offer on Christmas day.  Here is the recipe.  Mine look a bit scrappy this year but no one seems ... Read More »

Mary Berry & Lucy Young – At Home

Recently Mum gave me the Mary Berry recipe book ‘At Home’.  I have only tried one recipe from it so far, the ‘Spinach & Three Cheese bake’ and if that’s an indication of the rest  of the book, we’re off to a good start.  I’m always on the lookout for new ‘meat free Monday’ recipes to try, this will be ... Read More »

Best Ever Christmas mince Pies

Since discovering Angela Day’s winning Mince Pies recipe a few years ago I have not bought a shop one, I just can’t bear the thought of eating any, other than these.  Many times when sharing these I have been told “I don’t usually like Christmas Mince Pies, but these are delicious!”  The secret is her almond topping.   Not only are ... Read More »

Gingernut biscuits

Often when I have a certain recipe in mind I will try umpteen recipes until I find one which is perfect.  This recipe is an adaptation of an Illovo sugar recipe.  Along with Pecan and Cranberry rusks these are my Mum’s favourites and I bake both when she comes to visit us from Durban.  Everyone who tastes these, loves them. ... Read More »

Pecan and Cranberry rusks

This recipe is an adaptation of the Lynn Bedford Hall recipe for ‘Farmhouse Finger Rusks’.  I’m making them today because my Mum is on her way to visit from Durban and these are her favourites.   You can juggle the optional ingredients to your taste, I use all 4.  This recipe makes dozens, depending on how thick you slice the fingers. ... Read More »

Halloween Treats

I had no intention of doing much if anything for Halloween today, I have a to-do list as long as my arm and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.  The problem with my kitchen is that it calls and snares me.  Oh well, the children are happy. First we made Some Jack o’ Lantern cupcakes.  Vanilla cupcakes coloured with a bit ... Read More »

Dora’s Romany Creams

Way back in the 80’s, I met Dora.  We have drifted apart since then but many happy memories remain.  Dominique, Dora and I had lots of fun together, most memorably while the Blarney Brothers were performing at The Barn, at the Athlone Hotel.  Well, usually a few neon letters were on the blink so we partied at the ‘lone ote’, ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Cookies (with choc chips)

The first recipe book which I owned was given to me as a child, I think it was called Learn to Cook and would have been printed in the 60’s or 70’s.  The book has long since moved on to the happy kitchen in the sky.  The one recipe which endured from that book was for Peanut Butter Cookies and ... Read More »