Some time ago, perhaps after my first trip to Ireland but sometime before we went back to get married nearly two years later, I discovered and began reading Farmette, a lovely blog by Imen McDonnell. I was taken in by her story – after all, I too fell in love with an Irishman and married… Continue reading The Farmette Cookbook.
We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by eating. All day long. Mostly meat. My boyfriend was born in Dublin, Ireland and is therefore the authority on Irish foods for occasions like this. On Saturday we went and bought Irish bacon, bangers, black pudding, the right kind of beans, a brisket for corned beef and of course… Continue reading Irish soda bread.
So I mentioned that I made fruitcake for a family holiday gathering. At the last minute I decided to take another dessert along just in case there were some who really really just did not care for fruitcake (which would have been fine…it’s not everyone’s bag). I decided to do a chocolate cupcake with pink… Continue reading Pink peppermint cupcakes.
Yup, fruitcake. I Googled “good fruitcake recipe” but that way lies madness, because everyone thinks their fruitcake recipe is good. I tried again with “Food Network fruitcake recipe” and that yielded better results. One thing I did learn during my Googling is that a lot of people don’t care for citron in a fruitcake, so… Continue reading Fruitcake.
Christmas was odd this year because December was such a whirlwind. It was early in the month and then we were back from Ireland and it was suddenly Christmas. I did all of my shopping in Ireland but the timing didn’t leave me much time to bake. I did end up making Wellington Squares, which… Continue reading Wellington Squares.
Last night after dinner I pulled a chocolate mint cupcake out of the freezer and let it thaw for about 30 minutes, after which it was perfect. Freezing cupcakes is brilliant. Sometimes I have more cupcakes than frosting so I put them in a large Ziploc or rigid container and save them for a rainy… Continue reading Chocolate mint and more.
So I accomplished most of the things on that list I posted last week, except for the bit about the one-night getaway, which we had to cancel owing to one of my dog’s teeth falling out and an emergency vet visit and scheduling a $1,000 dental surgery. HOWEVER. That is a post for another day… Continue reading The tart.