Sunday morning – the song of the early riser..


The Fluffster, making herself comfortable..

Lately I’ve found that I would sleep in every day, if I got the chance. So naturally when it comes to Sunday, when sleeping-in is actively encouraged, I’m awake and raring to go..

I’ve also remembered that the first episode of the new Doctor Who hits our screens tonight – that probably woke me up too. I’ve been a fan since my childhood (Jon Pertwee was my Doctor) and I remember how excited we all were when the programme returned years ago with Christopher Ecclestone – and Mr Saturday Night’s crush – Billie Piper. Once again this evening, we’ll be sitting as a family (Little Miss Eating-for-Ireland being home for the weekend and all..) watching the first Lady Doctor strut her stuff.. This calls for ‘snacks’ and something interesting to drink..  For some reason ‘Popcorn’ and ‘Hot Ports’ just popped into my head there 😉 Here’s my Popcorn recipe

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The Hot ports are here –

Hot Port

Dinner is already decided – my famous ‘cheat’s’ Beef Stroganoff –

I’m putting this into the oven shortly; it will be cooked before the rest of the house gets up, and only needs re-heating come dinner time.

Beef strog (1)

Then an easy dessert, which can preferably be eaten (with a dollop of cream)  in front of the telly.. That big bag of Bramleys that I bought yesterday at St George’s market will be pressed into service. I’ve a notion for a traditional Apple tart  – here’s my short-crust pastry recipe –

Blackberry and apple pie (3)


That’s my recipe planning done for the day, so now for a tasty breakfast – smashed avocado on sourdough for me today :) – yum, my favourite!

Avo toast (2)

Wait! I think I hear signs of life! It may not be too late to have a walk..

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Have a great Sunday :)




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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