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Foyle Pride 2021

In celebration of Foyle Pride 2021. I am sharing one of my favourite breakfast recipes. My super easy & delicious fully loaded scrambled eggs. As the name suggests this is a scrambled egg dish loaded with lots of good thing and it even has its own toast element. I hope if you are celebrating #Pride this weekend that you have a blast. Although the celebrations may be a little different I thoroughly hope you have the most fantastic time.

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Happy & safe pride everyone

Classic White Loaf

We really do love in the age of sourdough, and sourdough is a fantastic bread. It, however, requires so much attention and care. It needs to be fed daily or if refrigerated every few days. I did for the longest time undertake this procedure and after a few months had a good sourdough starter going. Then tragedy struck whilst kneading one day I knocked the glass jar off the counter. That was the end of my sourdough making I am simply not ready to make that commitment again. Instead, I mostly make this classic white loaf which I feel is overlooked. Much like iceberg lettuce I think the classic white loaf is seen as old fashioned and maybe not the thing to be doing, but I love it as I’m sure you will from the first to the last bite.

I hope you give this recipe a go and please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts. Until next time take care and stay safe everyone.

Chocolate Chip & Pecan Banana Bread

I may be a little late with my banana bread recipe. During lockdown one everybody seemed to be making banana bread, and why not? For one it is a great way of using up bananas and two its delicious. There are very few foods I’m picky about eating, and bananas and avocados are two of them. I can’t stand eating a banana or avocado that has black spots, I do know they are perfectly fine, but I just can’t. So banana bread is just the way of using up those bananas. This particular recipe has a long time in the oven because I want it to get a deep coloured chewy crust. This is purposely cooked this way as it enhances the taste and texture.

CHOCOLATE CHIP & PECAN BANANA BREAD

This banana bread will keep for 3 days if stored in an air tight container or up to 1 week if stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator. To breathe fresh life in the banana bread pop it into the toaster and eat warm.

Salted chocolate tart

Recipe of the Day; Salted Chocolate Tart

One for the chocolate lovers. This tart is very easy to make due to using oaty biscuits in the base rather than having to make pastry. I use a combo of chocolates a little dark and a little milk. I used to make it simply with dark, but some found it too rich. The milk brings a balance to the filling that everyone loves. Check out the recipe below.

S’MORE COOKIES

These cookies are exactly what you probably imagine when you here the words s’more cookies. Chocolate cookies shells with a gooey marshmallow centre. They are incredibly good and kids will love them. Actually anyone with a sweet tooth will love them.

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are enriched buns studded with dried fruit and marked with a cross to represent the crucifixion of Christ. They are usually made and consumed at the end of Lent. I don’t restrain myself to Easter alone to enjoy these gorgeous buns. My recipe is an all inclusive recipe in that I know that a lot of people in particular children are not fond of the sultanas that are traditional in the buns. However, I do not completely stray from tradition instead I split the dough and to one half I add the tradtitonal sultanas and to the other half I add chocolate chips. The recipe produces twelve buns, giving you six of each. I must warn, that you will want, no need lots of good butter to go with.

Please Enjoy!

Saint Patrick’s Day Recipe Inspiration

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! 

This year’s celebration will again be very different as here in Ireland it is the anniversary of Lockdown 1 and we are still in Lockdown. This year there will be a key ingredient in my Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations one that I love to both eat and drink that mighty pint of black stuff Guinness. It adds a herbily note with tones of molasses. In sweet items it gives a subtle almost ginger bread flavour and it is so good in beef stew in place of wine.  I hope you all enjoy your Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations & stay safe.

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My Top Breakfast Recipes

Hey there,  

It can be hard to be inspired first thing in the morning about food. If like me you need several cups of caffeine whilst pondering what it is you would like for breakfast then you may be interested in this post. Below I have listed a few of my favourite breakfast dishes that might aid you in making a decision.  

Guacamole Eggs  

This dish is without doubt my favourite breakfast. It originally started out as Çılbır or Turkish eggs. Which is a dish of poached eggs served on garlicky yoghurt with a chilli butter sauce, I know it sounds crazy, but truly is divine.  My version came about as I really wanted Turkish eggs for breakfast and had avocados that really needed using up so I mixed them through the yoghurt and it made the creamiest mild guacamole. I then substituted the aleppo pepper in the butter sauce and made a spicy chorizo sauce. I think perhaps I should have called these Irish eggs not because any of the key ingredients are Irish, but because it has the same colours of our flag the green of the guacamole, the brilliant white of the poached egg and the orange tinted chorizo butter sauce. All you need with these eggs is some good toasted bread to scoop them up. I hope you try and enjoy.  

Ham & Cheese Jambons  

For those not in the know ham and cheese jambons are a puff pastry parcels filled with, you guessed it, ham and cheese. They can be found everywhere in Ireland every petrol station and deli counter and for just reason nothing makes a better portable snack. Another, benefits of these are that the mixture makes 12 what I do is cook 6 to eat still warm from the oven and freeze the remaining 6 to be cooked straight from the freezer at a later date.  

Granola Muffins  

I used to really only ever make breakfast muffins at the weekend, now with this simple recipe I make them any day of the week. As with all muffins they are best eaten on the day they are made, I find the particularly handy during the week I can take a couple to my desk and eat through the day as I work.  The time can vary a little in the cooking depending on the granola used.  

Another favourite of mines is a dish that originated in lockdown one, not even really a recipe. I was out of bread and since I was making as little trips to the shops as possible, I had to come up with an alternative, I certainly first thing in the morning wasn’t going to start making a loaf of bread. I had some frozen potato waffles and though they are something to be honest I had eaten in years. I had a box for when my nephews and nieces are visiting, some of them are very fussy eaters. I simply toasted them in the toaster, it took 3 times for them to come out bronzed and slightly crisp. Whilst the waffles were toasting, I poached some eggs and make the quickest zingy chilli sauce by combining the juice of ½ lime, 1 tablespoon of runny honey and chilli flakes, fresh chilli chop finely is an excellent choice here too. Just stir together over heat until it begins to foam up, switch off the heat and let it stand to cool slightly whilst you waiting on the eggs and waffles. I simply topped the crispy toasted waffles with the soft poached or fried eggs and then drizzle with the chilli sauce.   

What are your favourite breakfast dishes? Leave me a comment down below ad let me know.  

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