Crusty sourdough loaf

This is one of my favourite home made breads. It’s a crusty sourdough made from our own sourdough starter. Crusty Sourdough Loaf 2 cups of lukewarm water 1 cup of sourdough starter 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast or fresh yeast 5 cups of high grade flour 1 tablespoon of salt There’s not much to [...]

Our sourdough starter

I’ve tried a few sourdough bread starters over the years but this one has been the easiest to start and produces a great sourdough bread. The only reason I’m starting it again is that I managed to kill my last one. As it turns out, sourdough starters that contain dairy don’t like to be left [...]

Zucchini/Courgette Chocolate Cake

With a glut of zucchini we are always on the lookout for new recipes to use up the seemingly never-ending harvest. Karen found this great recipe on the Wickham family blog. Zucchini/Courgette Chocolate Cake 125g butter 1 c brown sugar 1/2 c white sugar 3 eggs 2 1/2 c flour 1/2 c yogurt 1/2 c [...]

Hot Cross Buns

This recipe is from Tim Allen’s Book – The Ballymaloe Bread Book and it will put you off store-bought buns forever. It’s a little bit of work but well worth the effort. Hot Cross Buns Ingredients 25g fresh yeast 1 Tablespoon castor sugar 50ml warm milk 450g bakers flour (assume high grade flour here) pinch [...]

Our BBQ Sauce

This is our own recipe based loosely on the DYC vinegar recipe with some extra (not so) secret ingredients. Lifeboat Farm BBQ Sauce 1 onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons of cooking oil 2 big tablespoons of caramelised onions 1/4 cup malt vinegar 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce 1 cup of tomato [...]


The best shortbread recipe I know is in the Edmonds Cookbook. Shortbread 250g butter, softened 1 cup icing sugar 1 cup cornflour 2 cups plain flour Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift cornflour an flour together. Mix sufted ingredients into creamed mixture. Knead well. On a lightly floured board roll out to [...]

The Paddock Vac Has Arrived

For those wondering “what the heck is a paddock vac for”, well it’s a vacuum for the paddocks – more specifically the manure in the paddocks. This one is powered by a Honda 4 stroke 50cc engine and stores about a half a cubic metre on board. The two main reasons for using it are: [...]

Pea Fritters

These are ridiculously tasty considering the healthy ingredients. They are great as an appetiser but if you double the recipe they can be a filling main meal if you feel the need for a healthy fry-up. Pea Fritters 2/3 cup frozen peas, blanched 1 400g can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 tablespoons chopped chives [...]

Making Ciabatta

I love ciabatta (pronounced Cha-Bata) for its crusty outer and soft, chewy interior. It is fantastic fresh and toasts up a treat. My new part time bakery job inspired me to try making some at home. I’d always thought it too tricky for home baking, but while ciabatta is a bit fiddly, it’s not beyond [...]

Rustic Sausage and Lentils

We were at the farmers market yesterday and picked up some Irish sausages. Karen decided to try a French-ish recipe for sausages and lentils and it was fantastic. Rustic Sausages and Lentils Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup diced carrot 1 medium onion, decided 5 cloves garlic, roughly minced 1 cup green lentils 2 [...]