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Pickled Chillies

08.12 2014 Pickled Chillies

Ingredients The list of ingredients below will fill 2 jam jars. Adjust according to the amount of chillies/jars you have. 250g medium-sized chillies 2 bay leaves 6 black and 6 pink peppercorns 1tbsp coriander seeds 1 level tbsp salt 4 level tbsp caster sugar 600ml white wine vinegar 2 sterilised jam jars Method Cut off the stalk end of each chilli and slice each in half along its length. Remove the seeds, if you like, but I leave ours in. In a shallow dish, cover the chillies and the...

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For the Birds feed balls

21.12 2013 For the Birds feed balls

You can easily attract many varieties of birds by providing fresh food and water for them. In Ireland, we don’t often have to worry about the water bit, but inexpensive bird feeders and treats can be made easily, often with materials you would otherwise throw away. One thing to remember before you start to feed small birds though; once you start feeding wild birds it is better to continue to do so throughout the year...

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Apple, Pear and Quince pie

04.11 2013 Apple, Pear and Quince pie

This year has produced a bumper crop of apples, not just at Croan but for everyone it seems. The pigs have received bags of windfalls from friends and neighbours and we have been experimenting with lots of new recipes to try to use up our harvest. Last year, we also planted some Quince trees. They haven’t produced any fruit as yet, but we were lucky enough to get some from the beautiful Coolmore estate near...

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Old Fashioned Tea Brack Recipe

16.09 2013 Old Fashioned Tea Brack Recipe

As the weather begins to cool, an old fashioned Tea brack is just the thing with a cuppa on a chilly afternoon. Our apple crop is so abundant this year that we’re literally putting them in everything we make. This tea-brack has been a particularly successful combination! Ingredients 300 ml coldtea (try Earl Grey or Lady Grey for a citrussy tang) 4 tsp Irish whiskey (optional) 110 g sultanas 220 g currants or raisins 120g diced eating apple 200 g brown sugar 225...

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Marinated Pork Chops

26.03 2013 Marinated Pork Chops

We took delivery of 2 very cute Sandy and Black piglets this week and, of course, that got us thinking about Pork! This recipe is a new invention but it worked so well that we had to share it with you. Marinate the Pork Chops overnight in a fridge, if you can, but a few hours will do if you can’t manage that. Pork Marinade Ingredients 2 big sprigs of Rosemary, finely chopped. 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and...

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