To save time when you’re under pressure, spend 15 minutes now, and sail through the starter with no worries about hot toast.


  • A toaster or grill.
  • a heated oven
  • A sharp, serrated knife,
  • an airtight box



  • A loaf of thick sliced white bread (when’s the last time you saw that as an ingredient in a recipe?)



  • Allow one slice per person
  • Cut off the crusts on all sides.
  • Toast the bread until it is a light golden brown, and allow to cool slightly.
  • Using the knife, cut through the slice of toast horizontally until the insides are revealed.
  • Allow to cool, and remove any big lumps of bread dough.
  • Put the untoasted side up on a baking tray and put into a moderate oven for about 10-15 mins, until brown and crispy. Check it fairly regularly to avoid charcoal toast (one of my specialties!)
  • When toasted, allow it to cool completely before storing it in an airtight box.

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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