Irish Blog full of easy recipes & a little romance – by Irish Author – Sheila Kiely
Author: sheila kiely
Irish Author - Dubut romantic fiction novel 'Good Enough' published in 2021.
'Enjoy' published by Mercier Press in 2016 .'Gimme the Recipe' published in 2012. Work in admin of our Food Safety Consultancy business - Industrial Management Systems with my husband Denis.
Here’s a recipe for a simple side of roast tomatoes. Especially good for tomatoes that are turning overripe and softening. (Unless they’re mouldy of course then it’s time for the compost).
Roast Tomatoes Recipe ⬇️
How good do they look?. I can’t wait to visit Italy again over the summer and see the tables laden with tomatoes being left to sun-dry outside.
herbes de Provence
roast 10 mins
& squash slightly with a fork before serving.
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Why would you throw an overripe tomato away when you can turn it into something so glorious? Or an overripe banana, freezes perfectly for future smoothies or banana bread. Sometimes a little imagination can redeem a waning ingredient.
Chicken fillet cut into long strips or mini chicken fillets
Ras el Hanout
Heat some oil in a pan, add the chicken, dust generously with Ras el Hanout, turn over after a couple of minutes and dust the other side, one last turn and chicken should be done , cut through to centre to check white all the way through
Spiced Chickpea Mash ⬇️
1 tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves crushed or chopped
1 tbsp crushed chillies or ‘easy’ chillies*
1 tbsp cumin
2 tins drained chickpeas crumbled – use food processor
Large handful chopped fresh coriander
Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the garlic and chillies, cook for a minute
Add the cumin, mix through
Add the crumbled chickpeas and the coriander
Mix well, heat through & serve
Serve with lime wedges, Greek yoghurt & crusty bread
*easy chillies refers to jar of crushed chillies that are long-life, simple to use and stored in the fridge
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Well, the above are old favourites and I have shared these before. Ras el Hanout is a magnificently warming spice blend that will warm up your food and is perfect for enhancing summer dishes. I like to serve this with a side of mashed avocado splashed with lime though in Ireland getting hold of perfectly ripe avocados can be tricky and involves mostly luck!
At last the degrees have decided to start climbing and we have been gifted with some warmth and when the sun breaks through and clouds dissipate there is NOWHERE more beautiful than Ireland as it never gets too hot. We have brightness until 10pm which is magnificent and these stretched days will stay with us until 21st June. Each day awakens shortly after 5am and the darkness of winter becomes a faded memory.
Lawns are being cut and humming mowers and strimmers are a familiar background sound though it’s lovely to see that many gardeners are taking heed of the threatened bee population and leaving strips of dancing wildflowers, daisys, buttercups and dandelions to flourish.
So Instead of mowers I wish you a summer filled with nature’s sounds, chirping birds, buzzing bees, gentle breezes through the trees and meadows.
An Irish classic potato salad is made with salad cream, no BBQ is complete without it! Whether you’re a ‘Chef’ or ‘Heinz’ salad cream household is a personal choice & up to you.
As the summer holiday season gets underway it has so far been a very disappointing start for us in Ireland weather-wise and I had to turn the heating back on last week to ward off the cold. We’ll take the sunshine when we get it though and will cook and eat for the season. I’ve lots of summer recipes to share with you and you will find accompanying reels (videos) over on my Instagram for each of the recipes that I will post. I’m planning on one a week at least and the photo below shows some that I will be sharing.
I’ve often seen comments re recipe blogs where disgruntled readers are like ‘okay, I don’t want to wade through your life story before I get the recipe’ and with my blog being called ‘Gimme the Recipe’ that’s what I’ll be doing first. The recipes will be as succinct as possible and will generally be just a matter of combining some delicious ingredients with very little faffing.
We’re on a holiday weekend here in Ireland at the moment so I’m off to try and get the dog to walk the beach in the drizzle of soft misty rain that has decided to descend on West Cork today. It will be in the freshest of air and with a background lull of breaking waves. Life is good.
You’ve left it WAY too late to book anything so what are you going to do???? Or maybe you never had any intention of going anywhere and just want to stay in and be good to yourself.
Get some ingredients together to make some amazing food, set the scene with candles and put on a romantic soundtrack.
I can help you with the soundtrack – some beautiful tunes (21) are on my spotify playlist for the book – Good Enough Novel, my favourite is track no.17 The Promise by Tracy Champman. – click HERE for the most romantic spotify playlist in the world.
Another favourite is Feeling Good – Nina Simone – get a feel for the vibes from that chapter in the book by checking out my instagram reel for Chapter 20 – click below to view.
Speaking of the book – it’s not too late to get hold of a digital copy of Good Enough or maybe even a paperback could be delivered on time too. (Currently available from various sources online and in Dubray book store in Cork City).
So yes, I brought my romance novel Good Enough on a trip to Berlin just before Christmas 2021 and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. My daughter had arranged a jam-packed itinerary for us and we had barely dropped the bags before we were out the door again for brunch and then heading East to see the wall.
Berlin is vast and the size of it really struck me. It does not have the intimacy of neighbouring capitals like Paris or Amsterdam but it is a mecca for the history lover.
Museum after museum and then the Christmas markets and shopping followed. Plus eating of course. There was lots of eating and we made it our business to sample local fare. As my first experience of German Christmas markets it superseded my expectations, bustling Christmas villages in effect, some with ice-skating, fully functioning restaurants and all with numerous stalls of Christmas paraphernalia and abundant food stalls.
For me, one of the highpoints of the trip was the hotel. Sheer decadence. After lots of walking during the day it was the perfect sojourn for the weary traveller. Chosen for its location I was a little hesitant at what lay in store for us as the website for the hotel seemed so risqué (or am I a prude?). It is fabulous. The rooms are luxurious, (I do love a well stocked mini bar) and the restaurant food was excellent.
Located close to the underground ( U-Bahn at Konstanzer Str ) and within easy walking distance of Kurfürstendamm (the Ku Damm) where we explored every floor of the extravagant department store Kaufhaus des Westens (Ka-De-We) – which I can only describe as being like Harrods on speed, incredible. I can highly recommend Provocateur especially if you would like to stay somewhere romantic in Berlin.