A Summery dessert on a rainy Sunday..

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Actual photo of actual wet Sunday morning!

A quick trot around a very wet Ormeau park this morning left us feeling virtuous… well – damp – and virtuous!

Home we came, divested ourselves of our waterproof shoes and coats, and thought ‘well, what now?’ I suddenly remembered the lovely local rhubarb I’d bought during the week, and that box of distinctly not-local strawberries sitting in the fridge and thought: I’ve got a recipe for that!

http://eatingforireland.com/recipe/summery-strawberry-and-rhubarb-crispy-bars/

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If you’ve never made these bars before, I must warn you here – they smell sooo good while they’re baking – but in reality, you should leave them to sit overnight to have them at their best. It’s almost impossible to resist them straight out of the oven, but all I can do is advise you, and let you make up your own minds! I won’t judge.. :)

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If you’re thinking – as I am – of dropping off some little Easter gifts to your friends and neighbours, these little bars would be absolutely perfect ! Firstly though, I’ll have to hide them from Mr Saturday Night, who really loves them – I’m thinking now that perhaps I should make two batches!! 😉

Here’s a picture of a wee dog with attitude, taken in the park this morning! I love the ambition he has, carrying a stick that’s 4 times the size of himself! We can learn a lot from these little critters..:)

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If you can’t bear to wait until tomorrow to taste your Rhubarb and Strawberry bars, may I interest you in an excellent alternative? My Summer Galette is perfect for virtually any fruit that you like – perfect for clearing out the fruit bowl – but Rhubarb and Strawberries are particularly magical together.. here’s the link for my Summer Galette –

http://eatingforireland.com/recipe/the-summer-galette/

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So there’s your ‘wet Sunday’ afternoon sorted for you!

Hopefully, with the hour going forward today, we’ll be able to start creating more ‘Summery’ recipes soon..

I’ll be back during the week to offer some Easter suggestions..

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About

I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

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