January days..


That wet and windy day saw us scurry homeward after a short but sociable trip to St George’s Market this morning. The market was full of bemused French people wondering what on earth could persuade people to live in such a dull and dreary place. They were all here for the rugby at Ravenhill this afternoon, where no doubt they’ll learn the true definitions of ‘Baltic’, lashing’ and ‘foundered’ – you have to feel sorry for them!


It was so dark outside that all the lights were on this morning!

St George's Feb. 2017 (4)








Home for us then, with some Armagh Bramleys  – Mr Redmond tells me that this is the last of them and that the rhubarb will be coming soon. I love how the changing of the seasons is reflected in one stall – the first of the Rhubarb, strawberries, flowers and apples all make their appearance in their turn on this stall at St George’s.


The ‘Lady from Armagh’s’ stall at St George’s in the summer time!


apple juice 2

I buy their Apple juices for my Mulled Cider at Christmas time..









So, Apple crumble, I think; or maybe Apple and Raspberry, as I have some frozen Raspberries from last summer.


I also got some beautiful lemons this morning, so lemon curd is on the cards too – we’ll have it with some scones tomorrow afternoon with any luck, and if any of you want to call in!


lemon curd

Finished product!

lemon curd

Raw ingredients for lemon Curd








On my wanderings through this site (you do realise that I cook from my own website, don’t you?) I also spotted an Apple Cake recipe, which, from memory was a success too. If I don’t start soon, I’ll run out of time..


Apple cake

Keep warm during these January days! And remember – Rhubarb is coming! :)





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