My M for the blogging challenge is Monday because today is Monday! I go to a computer course at a local college on a Monday morning, I’m enjoying it although it’s starting to get harder. Before I went to college I had a few bits of shopping to do. I went to Tesco and used the self-service checkout. I bought Lenor and Shortbread biscuits….the bloody checkout said ‘Approval needed’! So a member of staff had to come over (when she’d finished bitching on the phone). What the hell did I need approval for some fabric conditioner and a packet of biscuits for!!
Another M is memories. Have you ever smelt something that has bought back a really old memory? Whenever I smell TCP it reminds me of my Nan because she used to bathe in the stuff….probably because she never washed!! Sheild soap reminds me of my Friday night shower after It’s a Knockout. Why did we only shower once a week when I was a kid? It wasn’t like the water was on a meter back then. Another smell is baked bread, most people love the smell but it makes my stomach churn because one of my first jobs was in a bakers and I wasn’t treated very well.
The final M is ‘munchies’. Tayto bought out a bar of chocolate made with their cheese and onion crisps…..strange but true. I wanted to try it for ages but couldn’t find it anywhere. One of my friends found it about gave me some bars. I actually like it. The first bit tasted very strongly of cheese and onion but then I got used to the taste.
I had a lovely day, Lucy and Jono gave me chocolates and the family got me a voucher for afternoon tea at Markree Castle, so I’m really looking forward to that. We went out for dinner at Yeat’s Tavern today and it was wonderful, especially the dessert which was very unexpected as we hadn’t booked a table.
For some reason I was in a baking mood yesterday….a very rare occurrence in this household. Above was meant to be a Chocolate Fudge Cake (minus the fudge) because I didn’t condensed milk…so we googled how to make fudge sauce without it….it failed. The brown part of the cake is with chocolate fudge topping but it really was awful (we used milk, cane sugar and butter…it took about 2 hours to thicken and tasted like shite!!) Anyway here’s the cake recipe if you want it (the white part is topped cream and was much nicer). I just threw it all in the blender and bunged it in the oven for 25 minutes at 180C (gas mark 4)
- 150 g butter
- 150 g light muscovado sugar (I didn’t have any so I used cane sugar)
- 150 g self-raising flour
- 40 g cocoa
- 2 medium eggs
- 3 tblsp golden syrup
225g / 8oz Self Raising Flour
375g packet of Fruit Mix (I used raisins and sultanas because I don’t like dried peel)
300ml / 1/2 pint cold Tea (I used hot black tea)
125g / 4oz Caster Sugar
1 Egg (beaten)
Good pinch Mixed Spice (I didn’t have any so I just used cinnamon)
Place fruit and tea in bowl and you are meant to leave it over night but I only decided to make the brack that day so I left it for 2 hours. Again I just through the flour, sugar and spice into the blender and added a beaten egg. I did throw half the fruit/tea mixture in but the fruit was getting blitzed so I thought I’d better just stir the rest of it in. Bake in a pre-heated oven 170°C/325°F/Gas 3 for approx. one hour or until risen and firm to the touch.
So there you go that’s my baking done for another while until the urge takes me again.
Today was a lovely mild day in Sligo. It really doesn’t feel like January at all! Long may it last. We headed to Strandhill for a walk, a few other people had the same idea.
It was great to see Brent Geese flying along, they didn’t seem bothered by the surfers or the people.
Above is looking towards Rosses Point. You might just be able to see the lighthouse on the left of the photo.
I was fascinated watching the surfers. I was wondering if it could be a new challenge for me…..but I’m scared of the waves….and the wetsuit…so I’ll think about it
After the fresh air we’d worked up an appetite so we headed into Shells for lunch. It was lovely. We think it was the nicest fish and chips we’ve ever had
The BLT was fab too. There’s a great atmosphere in Shells and the food is fantastic. So that was today in Sligo, I wonder what tomorrow will bring
I have to say Kate’s Kitchen is one of my favourite shops in Sligo. It’s like a treasure trove of goodies and a must for anyone that loves food. They launched their new look and their own Kate’s Kitchen brand today.
This is probably the easiest and quickest cheesecake ever to make.
- 200g Digestive Biscuits
- 100g Connacht Gold Creamery Butter (Melted)
- 200g Cream Cheese (I’ve used Tesco, Yeats, Aldi and Philadelphia….the Aldi one was awful)
- 75g Castor Sugar
- 250ml Double Cream
- Vanilla Pod or a few drops Vanilla essence
- Handful of maltesers (or whatever you want to use)
1. For this you need an 8” loose bottom (sounds like me) tin & a food mixer.
2. In a bowl crush the biscuits & stir in the melted butter.
3. Spoon into the tin, spread evenly & press down.
4. Mix the Cream Cheese at a slow speed until softened.
5. Leave the mixer running and add the sugar & vanilla, gradually add the cream, increase the speed & continue whisking until stiff. Add in your whatever flavouring you want and mix.
6. Spoon over the biscuit base & smooth out with spatula or a knife.
Refrigerate for two hours (mine never gets to stay for that long in the fridge).
Any flavourings can be added when mixing the filling – Strawberries, Baileys, Tia Maria, Lemon Juice, etc
Serves 6 – 8
I made chocolate brownies the other day from a recipe I found on Cake in the Country’s fab blog. I did cheat a bit and only used 3 eggs instead of 4, drinking chocolate instead of cocoa and vanilla essence instead of extract (sorry Sarah I know it’s ‘illegal’ in any good kitchen but mine is a bad kitchen )
This was the chocolate and butter melting. I was bold after this part. Not only did I not sift the dry ingredients I also just threw them in with the melted mixture. Life’s too short and it saves on washing up!
This was the mixture ready to go into the oven. I think I had the oven too high (I keep forgetting it’s fan assisted) because the edges were a bit dry. Also I just used a loose bottomed (sounds like me!) cake tin. It’s a really easy recipe to make and I was delighted with the results. A word of warning though don’t eat them an hour before you go to bed, you’ll be dying with indigestion.
Firstly happy September everyone! This year is just flying. Secondly apologies if this blog post makes you feel hungry. We have some fantastic restaurants, cafes and pubs in Sligo so I thought I’d share some of the fab food we’ve enjoyed at them.
Apologies for the poor quality of the photos, they are from my phone and the light in some of the places wasn’t great. Anyway the two dishes above were lunch specials from The Strand bar and restaurant in Strandhill. The top one is Chilli con carne which Lucy ordered and was just amazing. It was served on a tortilla, covered in cheese and sour cream with nachos around it. I’m not a mince fan usually but I did try this and it was wonderful. I ordered the chicken stuffed with apple and celery, served in a basil cream sauce…again amazing. We were so full after our lunch we didn’t even think about dinner.
Above are pancakes Lucy had from Osta cafe and wine bar which is located on the banks of the Garavogue river in Sligo town. These were served with lemon and sugar but they also do pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. Lucy thinks she’ll try them one day.
Another wonderful place is Shells Cafe in Strandhill. I had this lovely bacon sandwich with homemade tomato sauce there one morning after I climbed Knocknarea. It’s a great place to sit and relax looking out at the sea.
Another favourite place of mine is Chapters Cafe, Bridge Street, Sligo.The hot chocolate and scone are from there. You are always assured of a warm welcome and if you are a bookworm there is a whole library of books upstairs.
A favourite place of ours is the Yeats Tavern in Drumcliffe. There have a very wide variety of food on offer. Something to please everyone and it’s very family friendly. Andy had the salmon salad above which he really enjoyed.
I’m a big fan of goats cheese and this goats cheese salad didn’t disappoint. It was perfect. By the way, just in case you are wondering, these photos were all taken over the last year. It’s not like we eat out all the time, although if we had the money we would
If you are looking for something different why not try Source Sligo. Not only do they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner but in the evening they do a great selection of tapas in their wine bar. Thursday night is music night and you can enjoy some great free entertainment from Keiran Quinn (who is a brilliant musician). He usually has a friend or two with him. There’s always a great atmosphere there.
McGarrigles in O’Connell Street is a great place for lunches. Very reasonably priced. I had a goats cheese tart pictured above which was great. One day I’m going to try their soup which they actually serve in the bread! Sounds great. It’s a really cosy place as well as you can see from the photo.
Another nice pub for lunch is Hargadons, O’Connell Street, Sligo. They have a three course special (pictured above), for 9.95. It’s a cup of soup, chicken and bacon salad and an apple crumble. Very tasty and filling.
Before you go running for the kitchen if you are looking for what I would call a ‘mans feed’ why not try Henry’s in Cashelgarron (about 8 miles outside Sligo on the Bundoran Road). They do a lovely carvery lunch. You won’t be able to walk afterwards though
Thanks to Joseph for reminding me about Eala Bhan. You can check out my blog about it here.
I think you’ll agree we certainly have some fantastic places to eat in Sligo. In fact there is only one place I’ve tried that I wouldn’t go back to (I won’t mention any names and I haven’t blogged about them). There are also more that I’ve yet to try out