Monday, October 28

LEMON POLENTA COOKIES

Lemony, Buttery, Sugary
............. no more explanation needed 

LEMON POLENTA SHORTBREAD COOKIES 

100g sugar
200g flour
100g fine polenta (cornmeal)
zest 1 lemon
pinch salt
200g cold butter


If you have a food processor
dump all ingredients and whizz for approx 5 minutes until mixture clumps
otherwise put all of the dry ingredients in to a bowl 
add butter and rub in until mixture clumps together

tip mixture out on to a sheet of cling film (seran wrap)
bring together into a large sausage shape
wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour

remove from fridge and slice into 1 cm discs
if the mixture crumbles you can just squidge it back together 
but a few more minutes in the fridge will make it easier 

bake for 30 minutes
until edges are just turning
turn oven off and allow cookies to cool in the oven with door ajar
(this makes them really crisp and crumbly)

Sunday, October 20

WINTER WEAR

What do you want to wear this winter ?





Are you lusting after a teddy bear coat?


 Or maybe a fur collar
A gilet ?
in orange?

Or maybe an orange oversize handbag
This is one of my favourite hues

although all shades of camel come a close second


teamed with metallic shoes?
instant update 

 cosy oversized cardigan


 Always love me a scarf 
never thought to combine scarf and fur collar together 

Is this the IT sweater for Winter 2013 
an IT sweater now that is a sign of the times 



 How do you feel about winter white ?

and a winter suit ?
slim cut

or loose fit 

you cant beat black 
which is having a come back........ did it really go away?

love the idea of wearing all black but with a brown belt 

All photos from PINTEREST
for original links go to my pinterest page 


Sunday, October 13

HEARTY WINTER SOUP AND BROWN BREAD


As the garden offers up her final fruits
The days are that beautiful autumnal crisp and heavy with the scent of damp leaves
Fire is now a ritual every evening as opposed to an occasional occurance
The seasons are vivid in the Irish Countryside
 and so much of the season is about what we eat 

 
and right now hearty soups with warm brown bread feel just about right
The thing about soup is, to me it feels a little contradictorary to offer a recipe 
as really soup, in this house, is usually about what is available or waiting to be used up 
So the following "recipe" is a guide and you should substitute the contents of your own larder

HEARTY WINTER SOUP

2 onions chopped 
A 1" piece of fresh ginger
2 large carrots
2 sticks celery
2 cups red lentils
1 tsp salt
1 stock cube 

METHOD
put onion in pan and sprinkle with salt, sautee until soft, 
add chopped carrots, celery and finely chopped ginger
sautee for 5 mins
add 2 cups of lentils 
add 3 pints of cold water and stock cube
simmer for 45 mins until everything is soft 
Blend until smooth

serve as is or with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled with chive flowers 

(sweet potato, butternut squash and parsnip would all be welcome additions)

This was one of those occassions where I didn't have everything the recipe called for,
made some substitutes and the results were better than the original

BROWN BREAD

225g coarse wholemeal flour
100g whole spelt flour*
150g plain flour
1 tspn salt
1 tspn bread soda
25g butter
1 tbspn dark brown sugar
300 ml milk
100ml plain yoghurt
1 egg
seeds (optional)

*if you do not have spelt flour simply divide the 100g between the other 2 making it 
275g wholemeal and 200g plain

METHOD
Pre heat oven to 200c
line a loaf pan with a sheet of grease proof paper
Place flours, salt, bread soda into bowl
add cold butter 
rub in 
sprinkle in brown sugar
put the egg, milk and yoghurt in a jug and combine
add the wet to the dry mix and combine 
add a handful of seeds if desired, pumpkin, sunflower, poppy all work well
pour mixture into loaf pan

Bake for 40-45 mins 
allow to cool completely before cutting
 

Sunday, October 6

Falling into Autumn


Autumn has well and truly wrapped her temperate hands around Ireland 

The balmy days of summer are a distant memory 

Although the days are shorter 
There is something wonderful about the onset of this new season 


This was a bumper year for our Apples
If you happened to visit me in the last few weeks no doubt you were sent 
home clutching a paper bag of these beauties
The excess were carefully wrapped in newspaper and stored in the outhouse 
I do foresee quite a few Apple crumbles, pies, tarts in our future 


were you surprised when you took a bite and the pink tinged flesh revealed itself
The name of this Apple is 
"Discovery"

The menu has changed 
From Tarts and salads to 


Steak and Guinness Pie
made for a visiting Brother 


With an Autumnal Pavlova to finish 


Honeycomb, chocolate Pavolva with toasted almonds and toffee sauce

On the weekends
Planting Spring bulbs 


or maybe a walk in the woods 


Spiderman costume optional 


So many mushrooms around right now 
Unfortunately I am not a confident Mushroom connoisseur 
Not a risk worth taking !


Conkers, on the other hand provide little danger 
and we filled our pockets 

Hope you are enjoying the new season too
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