It’s the May Bank Holiday!!

It’s only been about 10 minutes since Easter, but here we are again as another long weekend stretches before us! Happy days!

28th May 2018 Mount Stewart (6)

The swans and baby Cygnets at Mount Stewart

Lough Neagh, 4th Feb 2018 (4)

Beautiful Lough Neagh, on a misty Summer morning..






6th April Antrim Castle gardens (1)

The Six Mile Water at Antrin Castle Gardens..

We’ve been told to expect cooler weather – at least in my neck of the woods – but it sounds like it might at least be dry. An extra cardie should do the trick..

Bank Holiday weekends were made for easy eating, and relaxing with families and friends, so here I’m offering some suggestions for things you might like to try this weekend..

If there’s even a chance of a barbecue, I’ll be making these simple Chicken Kebabs  – – so easy and so tasty!

Chicken kebabs (5)

Chicken kebabs (1)








Another great favourite, and one I’m often asked to bring to parties, is my Warm Chicken Salad

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With only a tiny bit of forward planning, you too will be wowing the family this weekend!

When there’s a chilly wind blowing, something a little warming is always welcome, without diving back into Winter comfort-food. One recipe that is warm and cosy is my one-pot wonder –

Beef enchilada one pot (11)





I need hardly tell you that no self-respecting Bank Holiday weekend would be complete without a few sweet treats to finish off that perfect day 😉  My Tiramisu Cake was such a success at Easter (both here at home, and also with Gayle, my Australian niece-by-marriage) that it’s definitely getting another outing this weekend!

Tiramisu Cake (6)

this only needs one word – NOM!!

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Regular readers – thank  you for all your lovely comments! – will know how fond I am of my virtually infallible Stem Ginger Cake

This is the cake that gets fluffy chicks on it for Easter, festive sprinkles for Christmas, and even candles for the odd family birthday.. It’s a fantastic cake to have for when visitors put their heads round the door, so that’s definitely on my list for this weekend.

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My Ginger cake with its Easter coat on!

A couple of batches of my Simple scones which take just 25-30 minutes from start to finish will complete my line-up of BH treats!

Cranberry Curd scones (3)

Mmm.. Cream and Jam!








Check out the Website ( to find your perfect Bank Holiday favourites!

And have a lovely time! :) x




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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