A wet Sunday – what could be better?

Remember, you can't get rainbows without rain!

Remember, you can’t get rainbows without rain!

February 24th Hazelbank Park (14)





I was woken this morning by the rain slamming – no other word for it – against the bedroom window. Normally that just results in a groan, and a turn over for another doze, but not today – today I’m looking at this rainy Sunday as a opportunity..

This may be the day for Mr Saturday Night (still snoozing, unaware of his fate) to make his Christmas Pudding!

Christmas pudding 5

Christmas day at home 2018 JPG (16)




And as for me, I have a mountain of Mince Pies to make..

Mince pies (2) Mince pies (7)


AND.. if I can face going out to buy some chicken thighs, it may be the perfect day to make my Christmas Gravy, and have it safely stashed in the freezer, awaiting it’s moment of glory, on December 25th

Christmas Gravy (5)

Christmas Gravy

Christmas Gravy

And who knows? – it might brighten up enough for us to have a quick trot later on today!

But first I have to unpack my aptly-named  ‘November’ Christmas box, fresh in from the garage, I’ve just opened it – look at all these treasures!!

Honestly, it’s like Christmas!! :) :)

Enjoy your Sunday, whatever you’re getting up to!




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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