Basic Curry Sauce For Winter Freezing

I’ve spent all summer fiddling with tomatoes in the greenhouse. Feeding, clipping, watering and generally tickling them. I had envisaged relaxing outside on bright summers evenings enjoying fresh homegrown tomatoes smashed into mozzarella, dripping with Pesto and accompanied by a tangy cool white wine. I had conveniently forgotten I live in Northern Ireland where Tuscan…

Sauerkraut Salad With Beef Kibbeh and Easy Flatbreads

  This is the kind of food I love and lean towards for a Saturday night on the sofa with a movie or a binge session of our latest Netflix fad. In fact, there’s an idea for a series, Saturday Sofa Food (Note to self to hold that thought.) The rules are; it needs to…

Beef Kibbeh

Kibbeh is a Lebanese food traditionally made with minced lamb but sometimes I really struggle to get minced lamb here. ¬†As usual I tweaked this and reshaped it to fit in with what I could get and what was in the cupboard. They were actually new to me until my trusty photographer and friend mentioned…

Easy Flatbreads

Sometimes I haven’t had the forethought to mix up a proper nan bread dough or I just don’t have the time. Once you make these at home and realise how easy they actually are, and how yummy there is no going back. Makes 4 Flatbread Ingredients 200g strong white flour (or half strong white flour…

Throw It All In Wheaten Bread

Today is the kind of day that I dreamed about when I moved to Ireland. The day where you share soup and bread with your family, you get warmed up from the inside and watch the rain slide down the window. I make soups from most festering vegetables or leftovers that I discover in the…

My Christmas Party Nibbles

My growing up memories of Christmas mainly revolve around a stream of guests coming through the house, just to say hello, or deliver a Christmas card. Most would be offered a drink and a bite to eat. My mum is generally absent from these memories as she was usually in the kitchen. I love people…

Cinnamon Christmas Trees

I really needed something sweet to put out with the savoury nibbles, and to be honest I hadn’t really thought of anything. A great¬†friend in France, who is always overflowing with inspiration, had sent me a mini video of some pastry Christmas Trees being fashioned with Pesto running through them and I did like the…

Focaccia Toasts

I use a Gino D’campo Focaccia method but I can’t find a link to add, so here it is with my own tweak to make light toasts for party nibbles. If you can bear not to dig into it, it is best left over night till you make the toasts. I have to hide it…

Smoked Salmon Mousse

I am not sure if this officially qualifies as being a Mousse, but it’s light, fluffy and if you put it in the fridge over night it sets a bit making it easy to spread onto my Foccacia Toasts. So it my mind it’s moussey. In thinking about putting savoury nibbles together for unexpected, or…

Baked Garlic Tapenade

Put this alongside the baked Garlic Pesto to create a selection of snacks for festive gatherings

Baked Garlic Pesto

Roast garlic makes this Pesto softer and delicious to serve with drinks and Foccacia Toasts as festive party nibbles.