Bread and Butter Pudding


This delicious pudding is a great way of using up stale bread.

It’s cheap too, and a whole lot tastier than toast!

Bread and Butter Pudding

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Chocolate toffee and peanut slices


These chocolate squares are delicious, and SO simple to make.  Trust me – I don’t do complicated (at least not where the oven is concerned).

Photos in this post were taken with my iPhone, by the way, and the first one was taken in the evening, so they don’t actually have that yellowy tinge off them.

Chocolate Square


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Dulce de leche cake


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This cake is heaven on a plate.  I made it for the first time at the weekend after discovering it in Rachel Allen’s ‘Cake’ and it was absolutely delicious.  It’s very sweet and quite filling, so a little will go a long way.

For those of you who asked for the recipe after I posted pictures on Facebook and Twitter, here it is: Continue reading

The Tayto Bar Review


Over the last few weeks half the country (or at least half the country that’s on Facebook and Twitter) has been possessed by the latest craze to hit town – the chocolate Tayto bar!


I am no exception.


I absolutely LOVE to combine a genuine, authentic, cheesy, oniony Tayto crisp with a genuine, authentic piece of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate.  It’s an amazing taste combination that makes me smile as the cheese and onion flavours of Tayto crisps mingle with the chocolatey goodness of Cadbury’s chocolate.

So…naturally when I heard about Tayto bringing out a Tayto chocolate bar I was over the moon!!


But Tayto put the words ‘Limited Edition’ on the wrapper.

The world (those people on Facebook and Twitter) went apeshit for Tayto bars.

They sold out everywhere. They became more precious than gold!

I searched for them in every shop in the entire town of Clonmel for two days.

I just couldn’t GET a  flaming bar of the stuff!

I had secret agents on the lookout (sort of) and was alerted, through Facebook, to a possible sighting.

Tayto bars at First Chapter


Ally ventured into First Chapter in The Showgrounds and feigned interest at the Wrigley’s stand, while watching a suited official with a mobile phone in his hand arranging and rearranging a stand filled with the red wrapped Tayto chocolate bundles of joy! Eventually, when he looked away, she seized the moment, grabbed three bars, discreetly paid for them and fled the shop!

As she raced up the escalator towards the exit door where my car was waiting outside, the First Chapter bookshop clicked ‘like’ on my post.

Ha ha!

Anyway, enough Cagney and Lacey…onto the Tayto chocolate.

Finally we had them.

Tayto bars

First reaction: “Yayyyyy”

Followed by: “Is that the size of them? Where are the big bars?  Is this all they have?  How come they look so big in everyone else’s photographs? Are these the samples?”

Then: “Come on. We have to get home quick and eat them before we’re mobbed!”

Once we got home I grabbed my camera and photographed the bar beside my iPhone.

Tayto Bar Size

It’s thinner than an iPhone too!

Apple might want to get in touch with Tayto for their secret receipe.

Or maybe not.

Second reaction:- “Tayto!! What have you done??!!”

Followed by: “This isn’t Cadbury’s.  Where’s the onion?  I can’t taste any onion, can you? What’s with the after taste? Maybe that’s why they’re so small.  I need crisps with this.”

So crisps were eaten with the Tayto bars and promptly pronounced ‘delicious’.

Tayto crisps

It’s a good attempt, I guess.

Here’s a photo of the inside of the Tayto bar and you an see the crisp particles easily.

Chocolate Tayto Bar

I didn’t think the chocolate was as bad as people were making it out to be.

But it’s not Cadbury’s.

Or maybe it just doesn’t taste the same as a good old fashioned cheese and onion Tayto crisp with a good old fashioned square of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate – the way it should be.

Tayto and Cadburys

If you still haven’t managed to come across a Tayto bar, and you’re in a bad way to have one, you could always try Ebay.

Tayto bar Ebay

Tower Slow Cooker Cookery Book


Since writing this post, lots of people have been asking me if I have a copy of the old Tower Slow Cooker Cookery book. It seems there are still a few of these old slow cookers in kitchens in the UK and Ireland (not sure where else), but the cookery books aren’t very easy to come by.

Tower Slow Cooker

Well, as it happens, I was given a copy of the cookery book with the slow cooker.  I scanned it in today and you can download it from the link below (I hope…).

Tower Slow Cooker CookeryBook

I love my slow cooker, and it’s amazing what you can cook in them.

Happy cooking! 🙂

My first Cookery Demo – Cookie Cream Cake


Another college assignment done!  This time it was an Instructional Design video to incorporate some of the theories I’ve been looking at recently.

Making a cookery video isn’t too difficult, unless you forget a step.  What do you do when you’ve made the cake and realise you’ve forgotten something?  Make another one.  So you end up with two cakes….to add to the first one you did as a practise run.

FOUR cakes later I had footage that was half decent enough to use.  And sure, then you couldn’t be wasting the cake!  Cookies and cream helped me get through the time spent in After Effects and Premier Pro.

My next demo video? A weight loss one!


Pumpkin Pie (with fresh pumpkin)


Pumpkin Pie


The girls were busy making pumpkin lanterns today (pics to follow tomorrow), so I decided to try and make a pumpkin pie. Continue reading

Baileys Cheesecake (Oven bake)


Baileys Cheesecake

If you’re looking for a really simple recipe for Baileys Oven bake cheesecake then try this one out.  This is so easy and it’s absolutely delicious!! Continue reading

Slow cooker cooking – Fisherman’s Casserole.


This is a recipe for the slow cooker that I’d been meaning to try for a while.

It contains eggs, which I’ve come across in recipes for Fish Pie but have never added because I always thought it sounded a bit….ick, to be honest.

Fish Casserole

Fish Casserole

Yesterday I decided to try out the casserole.  A couple of people have asked for the recipe, so here it is:-


700g (1.5lb) cod

3 hard boiled eggs, chopped

100g (4 oz) button mushrooms, sliced

salt and pepper

50g (2 oz) flour

400ml (3/4 pt milk)

75g (3oz) Cheddar cheese, grated

1 bayleaf

2 cloves



50g (2 ox) Cheddar cheese, grated

2/3 tomatoes, sliced

4 slices toast




  1. Cut the cod into pieces and put into the slow cooker.
  2. Add the eggs, mushrooms and season well.
  3. Heat the butter in a pan, add the onion and fry without browning.
  4. Stir in the flour and gradually stir in the milk. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously.
  5. Add the cheese, bay leaf and cloves.
  6. Pour over the fish and cook for 2 –  2.5 hours on the Slow cooker’s high setting, or 3-6 hours on the auto setting.
  7. Remove the bay leaf and cloves and stir gently.
  8. Sprinkle cheese on top and arrange the tomato slices in a circle.
  9. Brown under a hot grill, garnish with toast triangles and parsley.

My verdict?  Tasty but I’d leave the eggs out in future.  They’re filling, but even though I chopped them up into small pieces, I thought they were over powering.

Bláthnaid’s Baked Plums

Baked Plums

Bláthnaid's Baked Plums


Don’t you love it when kids start making stuff?

Bláthnaid baked these plums yesterday.  They’re really simple to make.  Just slice the plums in half, removing the stones, put a small amount of butter on each, sprinkle with some sugar, and bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees.

You can also add cinnamon or honey to them….and cream….if you really want to go mad! 🙂

These were delicious just the way they were.