All posts tagged: kitchen

Mairead’s scones

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Mairead lives in Bunberg with her three children and her Jack Russell cross, “Nibbles”. The family pet is aptly named, as our shoes soon find out. Mairead used to teach in a Montessori school, an alternative method of education. She explains her belief that it is essential to “allow children to live” without micro-managing them to excess, and to get them outside as much as possible so they don’t stay glued to a screen. This evening Mairead’s children are not at home but she has visitors: Elaine and her 13-year-old daughter Sarah. Women are taking over the kitchen tonight. INGREDIENTS 225g of selfraising flour ; 8oz (ounce) of selfraising flour 150ml of milk ; 1/4 pint of milk one pinch of salt 25g of caster sugar ; 1oz (ounce) of caster sugar 25g of butter ; 1oz (ounce) of butter 1 egg RECIPE Tip the flour into a bowl and add the sugar, butter and salt. Rub together gently with your fingers, not your palms, until the mixture looks like fine sand. Gradually add the …

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What’s with the jars?

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So you’re getting ready for a van journey. It’s all about the logistics, just like setting sail. You would never set sail without taking supplies and likewise you would never hit the road without provisioning! Good, with that settled… what are we going to bring? We’re not on a racing boat, we don’t need to shorten our toothbrushes just to lighten the load: we can afford to bring heavier stuff. And if we start running out of space, we can leave some things behind (like clothes, there are always too many clothes): because good grub is vital, or rather, a question of survival. Take, for example, a nice walk in the humid English countryside. You might find yourself unable to reach a local restaurant. Your only salvation is the food that you have brought with you. And even if we’re not talking about haute cuisine or gastronomy, we’re still talking about ‘good nosh’ all the same! And exhausted, what could be better than hearing a nice dish simmering away just as you settle down for the evening with a drink, while the sun sets behind the mountains …

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