I found this recipe which I had forgotten about, in my recipe copy-book, with my on-call Rota from 1997 scribbled on the back! This is well worth a revival, in spite of the double cream. It’s a wonderful posh lunch dish, served with a green salad and some crusty bread. Who could fail to be impressed?



  • a large, greased lasagne dish or similar




  • 6 large, firm fleshed potatoes, peeled and boiled until almost fully cooked (or what I sometimes do is peel and slice them, then par-boil for about 10 minutes- it saves cutting up hot potatoes!)
  • 6-8 slices of smoked salmon – enough to cover a layer of the dish
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • salt and pepper
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 carton of double cream
  • about 2oz freshly grated parmesan cheese





  • Allow potatoes to cool slightly, then slice and place half of them into the dish
  • season well, then spread the salmon over the potatoes in a thick layer
  • squeeze the lemon juice over the salmon
  • add the remainder of the potatoes, season well
  • Add the crushed garlic to the cream and stir well. Pour the cream/garlic mixture over the potatoes
  • Grate over the fresh nutmeg
  • Sprinkle over the cheese
  • Place in the oven at 160 for 45 minutes until the cream is partially absorbed, and the potatoes are fully cooked.

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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