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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 »

Toasted Tuna Mayonnaise with bells on

This is one of those ‘recipes’ which I do so often that I forget to put it up here.  I don’t really like ordinary Toast with Tuna fish and Mayonnaise, I find it a bit heavy and boring.  My Mum always did hers like this and I love it.  This makes a very healthy lunch.  You can also use plain ... Read More »

Stork custard cookies

Last night there were no treats in the house, today that had to be remedied.  I saved some Stork recipes on Pinterest and decided to try a new recipe.  The Custard Cookies taste lovely, and the bit of extra work decorating them was worth it, they look so pretty.  The recipe has no eggs which is ideal for Fjord who ... Read More »