T’was 2 (and a bit) months before Christmas…

Wet Sundays…

February 15th at Titanic (1)

A wet Sunday..

A wet Sunday..



Yep. 4th October, a rainy Sunday, and my inbox is full of Christmas notifications..

I’m not really that cross about it, but it reminds me that Christmas 2020 is, for the moment, an unknown quantity..

We counted up the other day, and the small traditional group of friends and family around our kitchen table for Christmas dinner makes up 4 distinct households. This might well become an issue, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now so I’m not going waste time worrying. All we can do is travel hopefully..

In that spirit, I’ve made my Christmas Mincemeat – because there will always be Mince Pies here at Eating for Ireland Towers.


Mince pies (6)

I suggested to Mr Sat. Night that all the ingredients for his Christmas Pudding were in the cupboard – I got a frosty response 😉 – and a reminder that he always makes his pudding on Stir-up Sunday! So that’s me put in my place then.. :)

Christmas pudding 5


I always look on a wet Sunday as an opportunity to make and bake for both the freezer, and the incoming week. I’ve enough raw ingredients to make soups, stews and sauces..so that’s my Sunday sorted. I’m not saying that I won’t be persuaded into a walk if the rain lets up, but for the moment, that’s my cunning plan..

Christmas dinner in a Pie (1)veg and Red Lentil soup (1)


Banana Bread 2020 (2)Ahh.. the joy of coming indoors from a cold, wet or frosty day and having a warming bowl of soup for lunch, or a comforting stew, or – always a favourite – a one-pot miracle dinner! As the days shorten, the nights close in, the leaves change colour, and we think about having the heat coming on in the mornings again, these old favourite dinners make a welcome return to our repertoire.


Let’s spend a little time,  this rainy day, reminding ourselves of some of the delicious Autumnal goodies awaiting us on the Eating for Ireland site!

Fruit Galette (6)
Rice Pudding (5)P1470376





Go check out www.eatingforireland.com for loads more ideas!


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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