Guinness Wheaten Bread

“ There is something very satisfying about bread making, especially when you use local Northern Irish ingredients: Dale Farm buttermilk, Whites Oats, Neills course wholegrain flour and oh yes the black stuff-our famous Guinness. Get that amazing smell from the oven and the unbeatable melt in mouth freshness!  Mmm Guinness Wheaten Bread Makes 1 loaf […]

Thai red chicken curry

This is by far my favourite curry.  For me I think it is worth making the curry paste but I don’t mind if you use some ready made from a jar. Thai red chicken curry Serves 4 Red curry paste: 1 fresh lemongrass, peeled and finely chopped ½ red onion, coarsely chopped 1 thumb-size piece ginger […]

Arlene’s Coffee Cake

 Arlene’s Coffee Cake  For the coffee cake 225g/8oz margarine (I use Stork) plus extra for greasing the tins 225g/8oz caster sugar 4 medium free-range eggs (room temperature) 3 tbsp coffee essence (I use Camp) 225g/8oz self raising flour For the coffee buttercream 75g/3oz margarine (Stork) 175g/6oz icing sugar 2 tbs coffee essence (Camp) 1 tbsp milk For […]

Fresh raspberry and white chocolate muffins

Makes 6 90 g punnet of fresh raspberries 50g chopped white chocolate 100g self raising flour ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda 60g castor sugar 1 medium egg 60ml milk 40ml vegetable oil Heat oven to 180-190C, gas mark 5. Line a 6 hole muffin tin with muffin cases. Sieve the flour and the bicarbonate of […]

Garlic and herb flatbreads

I love making these homemade flat breads as they are so easy and taste amazing! They are great to serve as a starter topped with mozzarella and slow roasted tomatoes or simply brushed with a garlic and herb butter as soon as they come off the pan. They are totally irresistible! Garlic and herb flatbreads […]

Butternut squash soup with sweetcorn salsa

Try this warming soup made with seasonal butternut squash and sweetcorn:the perfect remedy for chilly autumn days! The zesty salsa made with tomatoes, corn, feta cheese and coriander makes it extra special if you really want to impress! Prep 15 mins Total 45 mins 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 25g butter 2 medium onions finely chopped […]

Beef broccoli and sweet potato stir-fry

  I made this super healthy stir-fry with the young people at the YMCA cookery class and it was a real hit with them.  Its now a family favourite for us too. 60ml water 1 tbsp brown sugar 3 tbsp oyster sauce 450g lean beef cut into thin strips pinch salt freshly ground black pepper […]