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Gathering food: Slow Cooker Black Beans

It’s been a summer of gatherings; cousins for brunch pancakes and the Aussie’s parents for dinner, relatives from England for Sunday lunch and visitors who came for morning cake and stayed for omelettes. It’s...

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Slow cooker cosy + Slow Baked Beans

First published on Irish Country Living. When days are dark and the mood is gloomy, there’s nothing better than coming home to a kitchen that smells of something rich and gloriously savoury. Weeknight dinners are...

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Kitchen Projects: (Home)Baked Beans

When an unseasonably warm March – oh, those lovely days of summer clothes and sandals! – segues into a freezing April, it’s time for a robust but gently spiced pot of (Home)Baked Beans. That’s not to...

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Moving time: Sausage and Bean Hotpot

Moving house is a time for simple, uncomplicated recipes that use up ingredients already in the fridge, freezer or storecupboard. Dishes that can be prepared in advance and let to bubble slowly in the oven or slow cooker are also a big plus.

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Vegetarian Cookalong: Greek Bean and Tomato Stew with Feta

Greek Bean and Tomato Stew with Feta

A bag of butter beans on the kitchen shelf was the inspiration for this month’s Irish Foodies’ Cookalong. Soaked overnight, then thrown into the pot by themselves – or with some onions, carrots and celery – for about an hour the next morning, the beans needed little attention other than checking the water level every so often. And that’s the hard work done for this Greek Bean and Tomato Stew, which is based on a recipe by great Australian cook Jill Dupliex. The rest of the prep just involves making a simple tomato sauce, adding the beans and serving with some feta sprinkled over.

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Squash for soup: Bean, Squash and Cabbage Soup

A few of our Ushiki Kuri squashThe vegetable garden suffered this year. Not only was the weather appalling but the Husband, lulled into a false sense of security by our bunny-killing machine (aka Puddy Cat), took down the rabbit-proof fence – the week before the cat up and died on us. It didn’t take long before the rabbits realised that our newly planted leeks, beans and kale were an all-you-can-eat buffet. The only things that survived were a few plants of perpetual spinach, some Swiss chard – and, thankfully, the squash.

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Rainy days and revisited recipes: Spicy Lentil Soup

Spicy Lentil Soup Although we had at least a week of summertime flip-flop days, May seems to have regressed to the cold and damp of early April. Weather like this – today it rained for the afternoon and just didn’t stop – means a return to cold weather soup recipes, warming comfort food for wintery-feeling evenings. This lentil soup recipe – for I believe that you can never have too many lentil recipes in your repertoire – is from Domini Kemp, of Itsabagel fame (all time favourite bagel? Definitely a Mountaineer), and was published in one of her Irish Times pieces a few weeks ago. I made it that very week and we loved it but then finer weather (and PSB) came on the scene so I put away my soup recipes – but not for too long, as it turned out.