Four Ingredient Peasant Bread

I love the idea of making my own bread. That is until I realise that my day is already at 150% capacity, which I was very excited to read about a quick and easy bread recipe that only uses 4 ingredients and requires no kneading. Above is a photo of the finished loaf, which in my opinion had the texture of ciabatta. I got the original recipe from the blog Alexandra’s Kitchen.


Ps – The recipe asks for a glass Pyrex bowl, which I happen to have but I tested the recipe in a buttered loaf tin and it worked just as well.


Avoiding Palm Oil

August 5, 2015

For those who don’t know the growing of Palm Oil is threatening our rainforests, it’s inhabitants and having a devastating effect on climate change, which of course threatens our children’s future too. Vast swaths of rainforest have been felled to feed our insatiable appetite for this cheap bulking agent.

There have been calls for companies to source sustainably grown palm oil and it’s starting to have some effect but it’s a slow process and until they get their act together i am boycotting palm oil that isn’t certified as having being grown sustainably.

Of course some manufacturers don’t make it easy for us to avoid products with unsustainable palm oil in them. It’s in everything and to make the challenge even harder, it’s not always labelled as ‘palm oil’. Here is a handy printable pocket-sized Palm oil in Disguise guide to  that you can use to find all of the names that palm oil might be labelled under. The Rainforest Foundation has also produced a Palm Oil Guide

To be honest I’ve just had to stop buying some processed food, like non-Irish crisps, full-stop because 9 times out of 10 it has palm oil in it. Thankfully a lot of Irish made products don’t use palm oil so it’s not impossible to avoid completely in this country. Also because it’s mostly used in processed food, avoiding them completely can make your diet healthier so it’s a win, win.


This is a very useful post for anyone who wants to do fancy icing but doesn’t have a set of piping nozzles by Ann Reardon from


Veg growing guideThis clever guide will help you decide how much to grow to sustain yourself or your family with veg.


Some fruits and vegetables release ethylene as they ripen. This is a gas that can cause other produce to become spotted, soft, or mealy. To prevent this, keep ethylene-sensitive fruits and vegetables separate from varieties that emit the gas.


  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Cantaloupes
  • Honeydew melons
  • Kiwis
  • Mangoes
  • Nectarines
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Tomatoes


  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce and other greens
  • Potatoes
  • Summer squash
  • Watermelons

Orignally printed on Real Simple

Cutest Cookies Ever

June 11, 2014

Hugging bear cookies

All together now,  aaaaah!


Wine & Food Matching

March 30, 2014

food and wine matching


Kids Christmas Placemat

Need to keep kids occuppied on Dec 25th. Try this free download for a kids placemat from a great website called Design Dazzle. Cool, eh!



Spooky Hallowe’en Treats

October 11, 2013

Brain Treats

found on Left Brain | Craft Brain

Hallowe'en Cupcakes

found on Tesco Realfood

Hallowe'en Punch

found on Practik Ideas

Jelly Worms

found on Practik Ideas

Witches Fingers

Found on Bored Panda

Mummy Hotdogs

For instructions on how to make these mummy dogs click here.

hallowe'en lolly pops

Hallowe'en Sandwiches

Frankenstein Twinkie

For instructions on how to make this click here.

Spooky Pear Cake

For instructions on how to make this click here.

Mummy Meatballs

For instructions on how to make this click here.

Haunted Pizza

For instructions on how to make this click here.

Pie Decoration Ideas

September 14, 2013


Pie Decorating Ideas

Ever stuck for a way to decorate your pie. No, me neither, but if we ever are here’s some ideas. Posted by