Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chickpea Burgers and Cornflake Wedges.

1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 carrot.
1clove garlic
50g sunflower seeds.
1tbsp vegetable bouillon paste.
2-3 tbsp tahini paste

The easy way to chop everything.

Chop the chickpeas

chop the carrot, garlic, parsley and pulse the sunflower seeds

Stir in the bouillon powder and add the tahini paste

Mix it all together. It is easier to do this bit by hand. Divide in four and shape into patties. Chill for 30 minutes if you have the time.

While they are chilling you can make Potato Wedges in Cornflakes. This is a way to use up the crumbs left in the bottom of the packet.
Cut a couple of potatoes into wedges and dry in a tea towel.
Malt some butter in a bowl, 1 minute in the microwave works.
Toss the potato in the butter and then toss in the cornflakes. This can be done in a bowl or in the cereal bag

Place on a baking sheet and cook in a preheated oven fan 200C for 25 -40 minutes depending on how thick you cut your wedges.

Add the burgers after 15 minutes and cook until heated through and lightly golden 15-20 minutes.

Tahini paste can be got in Holland and Barrett's

Monday, November 14, 2011

Flower Pot Bread

 This is soda bread baked in a flower pot. It has taken me a awhile to get it right. The first couple I made looked lovely but were not cooked in the middle. I have got it sorted now

You will need a 13cm unglazed terracotta pot and you have to temper it. It takes awhile but it only needs to be done once.

To temper Pot.
Give the pot a good wash in hot soapy water or put it in the dishwasher. Leave to dry overnight.
Brush the pot with tasteless vegetable oil all around the inside, especially around the lip.The pot is very absorbent so you will have to do this a couple of times until the oil stops being absorbed.
Put the pot on a foil- lined baking tray and place in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 200C, fan 180C, gas 6 and let the pot heat with the oven. When the oven reaches the  temperature turn it off and leave the pot there to cool down.
Your pot is now ready for use

To make the Bread.

Preheat the oven to 200C, fan 180C or gas 6
Oil the flower pot. I found it helped to put a strip of baking parchment into the pot as it helped cover the hole at the bottom.

450g plain white flour.
1 tsp cagter sugar.
pinch of salt.
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda.
350-400ml buttermilk

If you haven't got buttermilk add 1 tbsp of lemon juice to ordinary milk and leave it aside for 10 minutes.

Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl. and mix together.
Make a well in the centre and add most of the buttermilk, add more until you end up with a soft dough.
Turn out onto a  floured surface and  knead lightly.
Put into the flower pot it.
You can add a egg wash if you want to and sprinkel on seeds of your choice.

Place the flower pot on a baking sheet that has been lined with baking parchment and bake in the oven for
40-45 minutes or until golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Lovely with soup or a stew.

P.S.......I need a bit of help. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong with my photos. I edit them, rotate them to the right way up, save the chances but when I try to add them to the blog they revert back.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Recipe Shared.

On Monday Shaheen over on A2K posted a recipe for Spiced root vegetable stew with lentils. I made it for dinner on Tuesday and it was fantastic. I would strongly recommend it if you are looking for a good tasty vegetable stew to have in your Winter cookbook.

I left out the dumpling as I wasn't sure when dinner was going to happen. I served it up with seeded scones.

Pop over to for this great recipe.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Putting it to Rest

I spent the day in the garden putting it to rest for the winter. I have gathered my pots in the corner to protect them and if the weather gets bad I can cover them up with fleece.

The herbs have moved into my plastic green house. I know there has been very little frost but I dug up my dahlias and out them in pots. They are in there as well. I lost a lot of them last year so I don't want to take any chances.

I was trying to grow potatoes for Christmas, But the foliage was gone so I dug them up and cooked them for dinner.

Hidden under some of the plants I found 1 lovely carnation with a beautiful smell of cloves. I think I am meant to call them pinks now, but they will always be carnations to me.

 There is still some more work to do,but it will have to wait until after the brown bin collection as I have no where to put the foliage that has to be cut down and there is a mountain of flower pots to be washed.

To go with the potatoes I had a go at the Sesame-crusted chicken from Rachel Allen's  Easy Meals

It is gorgeous. My fussy Son wants to know when I will be making it again.
I had some of the crumb mix left over so I coated some parsnips in it. That was a big hit too.

And yes these are Daffodils They are my all time favourite flower..My Husband found them in the garden center on Saturday. When they are finished they will go outside to join the rest of the daffs

And now for a bit of showing off, Meringue's From Rachel Allen's Bake. It is the first time I managed to make them without them cracking.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


As I was`growing up my Mam always made Calcannon for dinner on Halloween. It is mashed potatoes with kale mixed through. You also had to have onions on top. But the big secret ingredient to this dish was the money my Mam wrapped up and hid in your dinner.One  way to get your kids to eat their greens.

As I had Kale growing on the allotment. I decided to make it for dinner last night. I had forgotten how good it was.

I did add the money .

Depending on where you live and what you add this can be called Champ or Bubble and Squeak. Bet there is another dozen names out there for it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Seaside In October

We got to Spend a few day by the sea last week. It was one of those strange week weather wise. Monday your are sitting in your car in a flood. Tuesday you are in the garage getting your car checked to see if there is any damage. Thankfully not, but the car did need a software update. By Wednesday you are walking on the beach in sunshine.


Rosslare Strand as the sun goes down
We went into Wexford for lunch and a look at the shops. I found the book shop and the kitchen section in Barker's

 Some very nice recipes to try.

I can't work the silicone ones.