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Archive for May, 2010

I’ve decided to put up a few pics from over the past few weeks, we recently went to a fantastic wedding in Adare at the Dunraven Arms  & had a wonderful weekend, heres a pic of the stunning Cake the groom’s aunt made,it’s so pretty.

And a pic of a cake I made for my friends gorgeous baby’s christening

Promise to get back into the sugarcraft now during the summer!!

Vick x

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Rhubarb Muffins

I stumbled across this recipe about two years ago, on the tribune website, it was in an article Rachael Allen had written about using up the vast supply of Rhubarb over the summer months, the first time i made these muffins they disappeared immediately!

These are a yummy lunchbox treat or with cuppa tea in the afternoon. I don’t add the sugar to the top as I like the tart taste of the muffins, however they do taste lovely with it, a little added crunch! A little orange zest grated into the mixture adds a little extra zing to compliment the rhubarb…

Makes 10 large muffins
125g (5oz) light brown sugar
15ml (1tb sp) sunflower oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
100ml (3 1/2 oz) buttermilk
100g (4oz) rhubarb, finely diced
175g (6oz) plain flour
1 level tsp baking powder
1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt

For the topping

25g (1oz) light Muscovado sugar

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F), Gas mark 6. Place 10 paper muffin cases in a muffin tray.

 Place the sugar, oil, egg, vanilla extract and buttermilk in a large bowl. Beat until well mixed. Add the rhubarb and mix. Sift in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt, and stir until all the ingredients are mixed. Do not over-stir.

Fill the muffin cases three-quarters full with batter. Leave to chill and sprinkle the Muscovado sugar on top of the batter in each muffin case.Bake in the oven on the centre shelf for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Happy Baking xx

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As I dropped in home for a few hours Sunday after a wonderful weekend away at a wedding, I was side tracked and ended up at a Poetry launch.Friday was a delightful day of music, dancing and food, the wedding was in the Dunraven Arms in Adare, the food was lovely, and to top off the night there was pig on a spit with salads and bread for the afters at about midnight. We were absolutely stuffed, but still managed to eat some really tender sweet pork with crackling! Then on Saturday went to a really cute cafe, the good food cafe on main street in Adare aswell and had lovely lunch.

Then Sunday as I called in home for a cup of tea & collect my freshly washed clothes(thanks mum) , I got side tracked and ended up going to a book launch, it was a poetry book “Where the Music Comes From” written by Pat Galvin from outside Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Waterford (some people may disagree and say Tipperary!). It was hosted in Nude Food in Dungarvan, where Louise put on a wonderful spread of canapes – olive tapenade, red onion marmalade and goats cheese, hummus with chives, egg mayonnaise and her gorgeous brown bread with cream cheese and smoked salmon. The poetry launch was held in the roofed garden & the sun was blazing down as Michael Coady among a number of people paid tribute to Pat Galvin’s wonderful book.

I’m not a great reader – my friend would probably say thats an understatement – ok i only read cook books!! Pretty colourful cookbooks… however I did enjoy poetry in school, but Pat & Michael both read exerts from the book & it was fantastic including a poem about a woman who lost her husband to the sea and another poem of how Pat recalled his journey with his children back to his home place,where he grew up. Best Foot was comic poem about his uncle losing his foot ” When I last saw him alive, he had his one good foot already in the grave”.

The book “Where the Music Comes From” written by Pat Galvin is published by Doghouse however I’m not sure where to buy it I assume if you ask in a local book store they could order one in, a perfect gift.

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