Friday, March 30, 2012

Spinach and Feta Scones

A few weekends ago I saw this recipe in a Sunday paper. I thought it sounded interesting, but then again I always think random recipes seem interesting. But when I was on the phone to my friend Lis that night she said she'd something amazing to tell me: that she had found a recipe for spinach & feta scones in the paper and that I had to make them! So if that wasn't a clear sign I needed to make these...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sweet Fruit Salad

So I am actually counting down the days to Easter now. I mentioned before that I've given up eating & baking cakes for lent but I've also given up chocolate - so as you can imagine life is pretty hard at the moment!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring is in the air, put flowers in your hair!

I love this time of year, it's so nice out and although it's only the start of Spring I think it feels like the start of Summer. Feels like it's time to wear Summer dresses and all things flowery! Last week I got to thinking I'd like some sort of flowery thing for my hair. But I had the same problem that I face on a regular basis: what I envision in my mind never seems to appear on the shop shelves! So after a bit of a search I decided I'd just have to make it myself. It being a flowery hairband of course.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thai Green Curry

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! I did, in fact so much so  that I forgot to post a Monday Meal yesterday! Oops! Well it was a bank holiday after all! Anyway here it is, a day late. 

I decided to make a Thai Green Curry in honour of our Patron Saint over the weekend. I love Thai Green Curry and have made it loads of times before. But this one was different because I actually made it from scratch.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

R.I.P Doris Daewoo

Your first car plays a very important role in your life, doesn't it? I mean it's a major milestone to finally have your own set of wheels. I was so happy when I got my first car many moons ago. Getting her was one of the top things on my to-do list in life at the time, partly because learning to drive was also high up on that list.  And nobody seemed that keen on lending me a car to practice in, my Dad mentioned something about how expensive crash repairs were when I suggested driving his. He was right, now that I think about it. Anyway, I saved up and finally found my dream car online. She was beautiful. A maroon, 1.4 litre, kinda sporty looking, hatch-back Daewoo Lanos. With electric windows! I was in love! I was also really afraid she would get snapped up quickly, and I had to work at the time, so I sent my Dad to go and have a look at her for me. He's good with cars. He came back with a great report. So I decided I'd buy her!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup (with chili and coconut!)

One Saturday back in February I decided to go on a day trip, so after a bit of research I settled on Mount Usher Gardens in Wicklow as the destination. I'd never been before so I thought it would be nice to spend a few hours walking around some lovely gardens, in the freezing cold! I was very excited, then when we got there and walked up to the gates we were met with a big sign that informed us the gardens were closed until March! Typical! Anyway the one consolation was that the Avoca cafe there was open and serving food! So we went in and I got the most delicious soup of Sweet Potato and Carrot. Followed by a chocolate tart! It was definitely worth the drive and made up for the lack of garden walking. I was delighted later that day when I looked up the Avoca cookbook that my friend Emma bought me last year and discovered the recipe was in it. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kirstie's Banana Cake

So I made this Banana Cake a few weeks ago. I was flicking through the Kirstie Allsopp Craft book that I got for Christmas and was surprised to see a Food Crafts chapter.  When I landed on the Banana Cake page and then glanced at the almost gone off bunch of bananas hanging in the kitchen, I knew I needed to make this cake. It's a really quick and easy recipe with simple ingredients.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cabbage Soup/Stew

This might not sound like  the loveliest of meals but I think it's actually quite tasty! Remember a while ago everyone was going crazy on the cabbage soup diet? It basically involved eating only cabbage soup everyday and then you loose like ten stone in a week! Or something crazy like that!  Anyway this is my version of cabbage soup but because I don't blend it and it's kinda chunky I consider it more of a  cabbage stew. I like it because its's really easy to make and full of cabbage and vegetables which are good for you! Also most of the ingredients like the celery are seemingly 'negative calorie' foods and that sounds good too! Anyway I don't think I could live only on cabbage soup and I wouldn't advise anyone to either. But if you just want a different kind of soup for lunch, or if you want to make yourself feel like you're being very healthy then you should try this. I bet you'll be surprised at how nice it is!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes

Don't worry, I haven't broken my lent promise to not bake cakes! I baked a couple of things a while ago that I never got round to sharing, including these babies that I made back in January. I made them for my Mother's birthday to accompany her lemon birthday cake.  I got the recipe from The Great British Bake Off How to Bake cookbook which my Mam actually got me for Christmas.