Showing posts from April, 2011

Strawberry Cake

Hello all,

Cake baking day again down in Limerick, 3rd week running now. I only really decided to make something late tonight, there were strawberries in the fridge so I went searching for a strawberry related cake on I love that site its the best recipe book on the web in my opinion check it out). I stumbled upon this recipe below courtesy of


160 gr of Margarine, softened 340 gr of Self raising flour Pinch of salt 226 gr Caster sugar 1 egg (beaten) 113 ml of  milk 1 teasp Vanilla extract Punnet of strawberries(hulled and halved) 4 Dessertspoons of golden caster sugar Method 1)Preheat the oven to 180c degrees.
2)Butter a pie plate or cake pan. My pie plate was 9-inches.
3)Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
4)In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the margarine and sugar. Mix until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in egg, milk and vanilla, and mix. Gradually sieve in t…

Dutch Apple Pie

I made this for Sunday lunch today, it went down very well indeed :)

Ingredients :


300g Self Raising flour 
200g margarine (cold)
160g Caster sugar
2 Teasp of Vanille Extract
1 Beaten egg
Pinch of salt


1 kg Cooking Apples ( Bramley Apples)
The juice of 1 lemon
15g Dark muscovado sugar
2 tsp cinnamon ground
60g raisins


Cut with 2 knifes the margarine through the flour and sugar. Once your flour, margarine, and sugar resemble breadcrumbs, start to bind the pastry with your fingers.

Add 3/4 of the egg and make a dough. Then refrigerate for 1 hour.

Peel the apples, and cut in little pieces of 0,5 inch. Add lemon juice so they won't go brown.

Add sugar and cinnamon and the raisins. Stir.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and make a bottom (round) and the sides of the pie and put it in a spring form tin. Add the apples.

Bake it for 60 minutes on 350ºF/180C.

Take it out and let it cool for 5-10 minutes before releasing from the pan.

Serve with some whipp…

Kilshanny Cheese

I have to tell you about Piet, he is the creator of Kilshanny Cheeses at the Milk Market in Limerick.The man has been around at the market for as many years I care to remember. He makes 6 different varieties of Gouda, Plain, Cumin, Herb, Pepper, Paprika, and Garlic. He uses unpastuerized milk which makes the cheese extra special and gives it a certain tang( a good tang )/ We have been going to him for years, its always been a treat to get good Dutch Gouda on your door step.

Beer & Mac's Off License

To wash down my food today I kept it Dutch, and picked up some 5% Heineken( the all round green can). Now I hear you say I am a philistine but 5% Heineken is so hard to get sometimes, its the one you get in Holland. It tastes drastically different to 4.3% stuff sold in Ireland. Got 4 for 8 euro over at Mac's Off License on the Ennis Road Limerick beside the Holy Rosary church.

If you are looking for an excellent off license pop in to Paul, he knows so much about booze, be it beer or wine. One of the best off license's in Limerick.


So Herring was never going to be enough :). I decided I would try my hand a making some nice bruschetta, my dad must have thought score, well I hope he did. This bruschetta is so simple anyone can make it. Yet again at Milk Market in Limerick today I picked up some tomatoes, two kilos to be precise and a garlic bulb for 4.50, which in my opinion is a great deal.

Serves 3 ( Hungry People)

2 Kilos of cherry tomatoes
1 Garlic bulb
8 Dessertspoons of Extra Virgin olive oil
Pinch of Oregano
1 Teasp Rock salt
Pinch of Pepper

1) Chop up the tomatoes in to quarters.
2) Chop the garlic up finely
3) Mix the chopped garlic , oil , salt and pepper in a bowl. Leave sit for about 30 mins to infuse
4) Warm a pan and add the oil/garlic
5) Just as the garlic starts to bubble ever so slightly, add the tomatoes
6) Cook for about 2 mins on a high heat and then take off to rest for 5 mins
7) Serve on a bed of toasted ciabatta bread

8 ) DONE !!! ( Heavenly food)


Dutch Herring

Today I had intended on going in to the Milk Market in Limerick to pick up some ingredients to make a Paella with my fancy new Paella pan I picked up from Karen  @ I decided against making the Paella though because I spotted some silver beauties over in Rene Cusacks. They were selling Herrings for 1 euro each. So I picked up 8 of them, and they kindly filleted and skinned them for me ( save me the hassle of doing so later on). I think the chap thought I was a little mad , cause he asked how I was going to cook them " Souse them or Fry in a little butter?" I replied by eating them raw with a little onion, " Ah the Dutch way!, followed by pity we are not in bloody holland they have machines to fillet and skin herrings over there( it took him a good 20 mins to get em all done :) ). I was delighted cause I knew how much my father would love this, whenever we go to Holland we always get the Hollandse Nieuwe(Holland New One). This is basically …

Moist Chocolate Cake

Firstly apologies for my lack of posts over the past two weeks, things have been quite hectic work wise. Tonight however I got a chance to do some baking. I decided to try out a chocolate cake recipe I saw on a few weeks ago. Well let me say it produces the most luscious and moist chocolate cake I have tasted. Its simple and easy like my Lemon Drizzle cake below.

Ingredients (serves 8)
200g Self Raising Flour4 Dessert Spoons cocoa 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped( I used 70 % Lindt Chocolate)225g unsalted butter, softened, chopped 220g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 4 eggs 125ml milk Method Preheat the oven to 160°C. Grease and line a loaf pan.Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Set aside. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (don't let bowl touch water). Cool slightly. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. 

With beater…