Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Irish Potato Pancakes - Pimped up Leftovers for a happy Pancake Tuesday

I have gotten into the habit of deliberately making too much mash potatoes for the dinner, so I can have an excuse to make these delicious potato pancakes. The kids love them, as does my husband.

Today is pancake Tuesday, but rather than making my usual batter (which I make a couple times a week anyway off season) I decided to make these potato pancakes. I make them with the kids in mind, so I always make a plain batch. However if I was thinking about adults I would certainly spruce them up with scallions and herbs, and maybe ever some feta.  There really are loads of possibilities and variations so feel free to experiment for more grown up tastes.


  • 325g cold mashed potatoes
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 110g self raising flour
  • Salt/pepper
  • 180ml milk (today I used soy milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • Oil for frying


  1. In a bowl add all the ingredients except for the oil
  2. Whisk until very well combined, I used a hand held whisk
  3. Put a pan on a medium heat, add the oil, I used olive
  4. Using a ladle, pour in the batter in ladle size batches. 
  5. Allow to fry until bubble holes appear on the top. This takes approx 2-3 minutes.
  6. Flip the pancakes, and fry for another 2 minutes.
  7. I got 15 small-medium size pancakes from this mixture and served with baked beans for the kids lunch. The wolfed them.

Tip: A sophisticated starter/brunch idea, would be to add chopped dill to the batter and serve the pancakes with smoked salmon and creme fraiche.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Chocolate" Energy Bars

These energy bars are a variation on my Nut Free Energy Balls. Their very health ingredients help give a slow release of energy along with a tasty chocolatey hit. I've research Maca powder lately after seeing it in my local Aldi supermarket. Apparently it has a positive effect on our hormone levels, it's an energy booster, along with being very rich in nutrients. It's high in vitamin B, C, & E; and it has a higher level of calcium than milk.  I think I'm onto a new favorite in my health food cupboard, along with my raw cocoa powder and chia seeds.

I highly recommend making these, they are delicious and the kids love them. Perhaps too good as I've snuck to the freezer at least for four times today for a sneeky bite.


  • 9oz pitted dates
  • 4 oz raw almonds
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of maca powder
  • 1 tbsp of  raw cocoa powder
  • 1  tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of desiccated coconut 
  • 1-2 tbsp of sesame seeds


  1. Pulse the almonds in a food processor until they are broken down.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blender until the mixture forms a large dough ball.
  3. Turn out the ball onto a swiss roll tin lined with baking paper, and flatten out into a thin even layer.
  4. Scatter with the sesame seeds and transfer to the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.
  5. Cut into squares and store either in the freezer or the fridge. (I like them hard and chewy out of the freezer).

Monday, February 6, 2017

Fig & Hazelnut Cake - The Perfect Weekend Indulgence

I made this cake back in October and it got rave reviews from everyone who ate it and I promised myself that I would make it again and blog it. Well October was ages ago, and between this and that I never got the chance. But this week was one hell of a week. We ended up staying in hospital for 3 days with my little small dude, Fionn. He's fine and home and everything, but it was a tough week. So on this cold rainy Saturday, Fionn is napping, Aoife's gone on a play date, and Alan is gone DIYing. So  for me the ultimate indulgence is light candles, turn down the lights, turn on some tunes and bake an awesome cake. For me baking is so relaxing! I love it. I decided I'd waited long enough to recreate that fig cake of October and I seized the perfect opportunity to bake.

The cake batter is a very simple one. I picked it up from Donna Hay. I have previously blogged a few different versions of this quick and simply cake, most notably my Quick Apple & Blueberry Cake.  I found figs are a great baking companion, and the hazelnuts are a match made in heaven. While the addition of the honey, while the cake is warm lends to the cakes sweetness and glossy finish. All in all, it's a great cake for an afternoon cup of tea, or equally warmed with a spoon of vanilla ice-cream for a yum dinner party dessert, cut and served at the table.


  • 225g self raising flour
  • 170g brown sugar
  • 125g soft butter
  • 125ml milk
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 3 fresh figs, sliced
  • 1 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp demerera sugar
  • 1 tbsp of runny honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and the butter with a hand held blender
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well. 
  4. Sieve the flour, and add the milk, and mix until combined
  5. In a 8inch diameter cake tin with a loose bottom, line with parchment and grease the sides with soft butter.
  6. Add the cake mixture to the tin. Top with the figs and the hazelnuts.
  7. Sprinkle the top with demerera sugar.
  8. Bake in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. While the cake is still warm, drizzle with the honey.

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