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In My Kitchen October 2015

Barberries, Rose Petals and Saffron Sugar CrystalsIn my kitchen this October are some beautiful ingredients, barberries, dried rose petals and saffron sugar crystals. These gorgeous ingredients are as pretty as a picture and a gift from foodie friend, Fifi. I plan to use some of these ingredients with persian recipes from a cookbook I have, that use barberries and rose petals.  Continue reading


In My Kitchen December 2014

In My Kitchen Blueberry MuffinsThe year is drawing to a close and of course this will be my last In My Kitchen post for 2014, hopefully I will have lots of kitchen treasures to show you next year. Had these pretty plain blue and polka dot cupcake/muffin liners in my kitchen cupboard for ages and thought these blueberry muffins would look good in them. Dusted over a little powdered sugar and some very sparkly edible glitter a friend had given me. Actually, the photograph does not do justice to the sparkle. The blue cupcake decorating turntable… well I guess I needed one of those.
Lemons and Bay Leaf Plant-3These are our amazing lemons (green ones) from our lemon tree, and already hoping for a bigger quantity next year. I was waiting for the lemons to turn more of a yellow color but a few showed signs of being eaten by bugs and starting to rot, so decided to pick them from the tree. Wanting the home-grown lemons to last longer, decided to preserve six of the lemons …. which have now decided to turn yellow! I love using fresh bay leaves in my kitchen and keep a plant near a window. I tried keeping a bay leaf plant outside, it struggled and eventually died. The bay leaf plant has grown a little bigger and came all the way from Ireland in my suitcase (without the soil), did wonder if it would survive… and it has 🙂

Cupcake Baking Tin-Cupcake Liners-0593In my kitchen I have a favorite heavy-duty baking tin for cupcakes, which I also use for baking smaller muffins in. When out shopping and spot nice cupcake/muffin liners I usual buy some, handy to have in your store cupboard.

Fruit and Vegetable Juice-0340

A few times a week we have fresh juice and as our weather is so lovely at the moment, we sit outside and enjoy the morning sunshine. Carrot, apple and celery… not a bad way to start the day.

Fish_Maid-9825This was our school of fish for lunch before hubby pan-fried them. Maid is a seasonal local fish and one of our favourite, very oily with a thick skin, absolutely delicious and with a squeeze of lemon, so tasty.

Looking forward to continuing the In My Kitchen Theme and join our lovely host Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and other blogger from around the world in 2015, all showcasing their kitchen treasures.

Dad’s Summer Salad

Dad's Summer Salad

Dad was a great man for the frying pan, he loved a good old fry up and made the tastiest Irish Potato Bread ever. He wasn’t a man for salads but during the summer months you would find him busy in the kitchen, putting together this simple yet tasty salad… which I call, Dad’s Summer Salad.Boston Lettuce-Tomato-Spring Onion-Egg

Ingredients are few and the salad is best made with the soft buttery leaves of Boston lettuce. One of my essential kitchen tools when making salads is a salad spinner, takes all the work out of drying washed lettuce leaves. Use the freshest eggs possible and if you manage to get eggs from happy hens, even better. There is no need to make a salad dressing, juice released from the chopped tomatoes is enough to lightly coat the salad ingredients when tossed together. Best to choose fully ripened tomatoes. It really is that simple and a perfect salad if you are watching the calories… although we never made it for that reason.

Summer Salad with Brown BreadServe Dad’s summer salad on top of thick slices of home-made wholemeal bread for a quick-lunch or use this salad as a filling for making salad sandwiches, using the freshest sliced white or brown bread. I often serve salad sandwiches along with some sweet treats for afternoon tea and they have always gone down a treat. This salad is fresh and light and made from memories of warm summer days, produce from the garden or farmers markets, eggs from happy hens and of course Dad’s recipe… can only taste the best.

Dad’s Summer Salad


  • I Boston lettuce head, torn or cut into bite sized pieces (weighing about 160g)
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 or 2 spring onions (white and green part), finely sliced
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and roughly chopped
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season
  • slices of home-made wholemeal bread, to serve

How to make:

Add the lettuce, tomato and spring onion into a salad bowl, gently toss together. Next, add the eggs and a light seasoning of salt and black pepper. Again gently toss until just mixed. Over mixing will make the salad look very messy as the eggs will break down further. Serve at once with some wholemeal brown bread. Serves 4

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