I Can Has Bake?

Wholemeal Honey Cake

My perfectly imperfect wholemeal and almond cake. I’ve said quite a few times on this blog that I can’t bake. That I was more of a cook, and that the science behind baking flat out freaked me out. Well. I was being silly. The main reason why I “couldn’t” bake was because of my stinking […]

Whiskey and Ginger Bread and Butter Pudding

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When I was approached recently by Kerrygold to design a Christmassy butter-based recipe, my thoughts turned almost immediately to Bread and Butter pudding. One of the ultimate comfort desserts, it began its culinary life as a peasant’s dessert, a way of using up stale bread while providing the family with an after dinner pudding. This […]

Lovely Lopsided Carrot Cupcakes

Carrot Cupcake with Cream Cheese Icing

They say you’re either a baker or a cook. Thus far, I would always have classed myself in the cook category. I am not very mathematical, which I feel goes a long way to hinder the sponginess of my sponges and the crumbliness of my pies. However, I’m starting to come around to the idea […]

Donal’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake served up on my Me Auld China cake stand Regular readers of this blog will know that baking scares the bejaysus out of me. I’m determined to rid myself of this cursed baking fear, and my dream is to be able to approach sponge and fairy cake batters without trepidation. I’m slowly […]

Cheddar, Chive and Marmite Scones

Marmite and Cheddar Scones

That’s right, y’all. Marmite scones. Those of you new to this blog may not know that I am a member of a secret society called The Marmarati. We are an underground group, dispersed throughout the globe. We continuously strive to uphold the majesty of Marmite while seeking out new converts to our beloved elixir. The […]

Mini Pork Pies with Bacon Jam

Mini Pork Pies

I love it how we get so optimistically hopeful about our summer’s weather here in Ireland. At around April, there’s a communal crossing of fingers as we dream of picnics in daisy-filled meadows where we’ll lay on Avoca rugs and giggle with giddy joy when our ice-creams melt in the hot sun, dripping onto our […]

What Am I Doing Wrong?


It’s funny how things so easy for some are so tricky for others.  I thought I had conquered my potato cake issues (thanks to Her Spudness) but I fear that my last successful attempt was but a fluke. I made some courgette, mint and feta potato cakes yesterday.  Not to blow my own foghorn, but […]

Double Ginger All The Way

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My (slightly charred) Double Ginger Cake with L Mulligan Grocer Kilbeggan Whiskey cream Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this is the very first cake recipe I’ve posted on this blog. The main reason behind my cake-baking inaptitude is I don’t have a major sweet tooth.  If I did, cakes and buns and […]

Darina’s Brown Bread for Beginners

slice of bread and jam

Although not quite through its first quarter, 2011 has seen me conquer some of my Baking Fears.  As I’ve said many times, I’ve discovered that the secret ingredient in cooking is confidence.  I’ve been slowly building my baking confidence with reliable recipes, like Nessa’s Family Kitchen scones, or Darina Allen’s brown bread for beginners. Darina’s […]

An Experimental Kitchen

banana muffins

After two years of this blog, the most important thing I’ve learnt is that cooking is all about confidence.  This year, I’m determined to be less of a recipe slave – instead of looking at recipes for inspiration on what to eat, I want to look into my fridge and decide what to cook by […]