These are unbelievable easy, and can be made several days in advance and kept in an air-tight container until you want to use them. Because I use those partially cooked baguettes with really long ‘best before’ dates, again this becomes a store cupboard recipe. If you find they’ve gone a little soft before you use them, just pop them back into a hot oven for about 5 minutes before serving.



  • A couple of baking trays
  • A knife to cut the baguettes




  • Two-pack of partially cooked long life baguettes, cut into 1cm slices (This will feed a cast of thousands)
  • Olive oil, to drizzle
  • Garlic salt
  • Paprika ( sweet or smoked, according to your personal choice, or whatever you’ve got hanging about)




  • Spread the bread slices onto the baking trays in a single layer
  • Drizzle over the olive oil, ensuring that each slice gets some
  • Sprinkle over a little garlic salt over the bread in one tray, and do the same with the paprika on the other tray
  • Roast at about 180 for 5-10 minutes until crisp and pale golden. You’ll need to watch them to make sure they don’t burn.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.

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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