Author: Maggie

Nutella and Pumpkin French Toast Roll-ups

“The 12-step chocoholics program: Never be more than 12 steps away from chocolate!” ~ Terry Moore I know, I know! Pumpkin in June! It sounds crazy but when you get a craving – you get a craving! And, I’m not the only mad one in my family – my mother has requested a pumpkin pie for her birthday which is at the end of the month. Thankfully, what with our local Tesco having tins of pumpkin available all year round, indulging in the yumminess that is that autumn vegetable is easily sorted. The following recipe is an idea I’ve been playing around with for a while. Of course, it was mostly inspired by the wonderful Jhuls @The Not So Creative Cook and her amazing French Toast Nutella Roll-ups (a firm favourite with my two little helpers) but also by a memory of one Thanksgiving a long time ago. I was in college at the time and I was visiting my family in Omaha. My cousin, Bets, was making cheesecake for the dinner later on that …

Easy Chocolate Orange Sauce

  Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive ~Joanne Harris There it lay, shattered and cracked. Its pieces were a quarter-inch thick. Its edges, curving upwards, indicated its once rounded shape. We stared at the lump-hammer that had caused this destruction for one moment of suspended silence. Then, we rushed forward and started stuffing pieces into our mouths. One year, a long, long time ago, my family received a gift of a giant Easter egg, possibly a Lir 0ne, if memory serves.  The egg was huge! According to my mam, maybe even as tall as 20 inches. Imagine! A chocolate Easter Egg TWENTY inches high. It was so thick that when we threw it on the ground we didn’t make a dint in it at all and, until my father smashed it to smithereens with his hammer, it remained impenetrable. To this day, I’ve never seen an Easter egg quite like it and, obviously, it made a huge impact on  my childhood memories. I don’t remember anything else about that …

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Mam’s Celebration Date Roll

Firstly, Happy Leap day, everyone! I know someone who actually turns 2, officially, today! Do you know anyone who has a Leap year birthday? What did you do with your extra day? I studied, cooked a recipe I’ve been trying out, went on a few walks to hit my goal (one more to do!) and worked on this post. It may not have been exciting but it was productive! Secondly, my apologies for the lateness of this recipe as I know I have had some requests for it for over 6 weeks and I’m only getting to it now. I promised myself that I wouldn’t post any new recipes after my last IMK until this one was out, hence the delay – but I kept true to my word and this is my first recipe since then. The below recipe is one my Mam adapted years ago from a recipe she found in the Irish Independent newspaper (way back in 1985!). It was similar enough to something she remembered her own mother making that she was …

Things That Grow: A Tale of a First Time Gardener

“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that ‘she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow’.” -Frances Hodgson Burnett When I came home from Korea, and after all the drama of July and August was over, my brother-in-law asked me if I would be interested in gardening as a way of keeping myself busy until I figured out what I wanted to do. I said that I would but I knew nothing about it. He lent me some books (which I have yet to complete!) but I never got around to actually planting anything. Then, about two weeks ago, I was visiting their family and he was showing his children how to plant some herbs and tomatoes. I watched, enthralled by the process and somehow came away  not only with some very handy knowledge but also with a little miniature green-house windowsill thingy (I don’t actually know what they are called and must remember to find out), some pots for planting and lots of seeds. On Wednesday and Thursday last week, …

In My Kitchen – February 2016

Hello, everyone! How was your January? For those who do resolutions, how are they going? What were they? For those who fast during Lent, are you ready? Can’t believe it’s Day 1 already! It’s the beginning of February which can mean only one thing: it’s In My Kitchen time! In My Kitchen is a great monthly blogging event originally hosted by Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial who has passed over the reins to Maureen @ The Orgasmic Chef. In My Kitchen showcases the kitchens of a group of food writers and bloggers. If you are interested in joining, please follow the instructions from Maureen available on her February 2016 post linked above and make sure your entry is in by the 10th of the month. As mentioned above, I have had a busy January. First up, were my new years resolutions that I so far have kept up with: I began with a baseline of 10,000 steps and everyday I add 100 more. I am now 14,000+ per day and quite frequently I over-achieve my goal. So in my …