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Messages! November 19, 2008

Filed under: Events — nickleickle @ 10:44 pm

Happy 5th Anniversary Alison & Andre!!
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Have a wonderful time on your cruise Michelle & Tim!

 

Pitch ‘N’ Putt and Wet Feet.. November 16, 2008

Filed under: General — nickleickle @ 8:40 pm
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dsc002341This afternoon I went with Alison to Ballymore to play Pitch N Putt… We had the whole place to ourselves for most of the time – not surprising as the place was covered in leaves, and VERY swampy!

It was a lovely afternoon – warm (for November anyway), no wind at all, and gorgeous autumn colours all around. It was just that the ground was so wet that we were squelching our way from one hole to the next!! We even had to dig out some of the balls from the mud where they landed, and some of the actual holes were completely filled with water!web analytics

 

Apples, Apples & More Apples… November 8, 2008

Filed under: Recipes — nickleickle @ 4:34 pm
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apple-pieI am also making an apple pie.  Eamon kindly provided the congregation with huge sacks of apples, so we all helped ourselves to a few.  I never got to taste my last attempt at an apple pie as it got given away, so hopefully this one will be good!
web analyticsEDIT: Needed a tad more sugar. Apples went to mush – would have been better if I hadnt cooked them first I think. Pastry was good!

 

varkokbokI havent quite found a recipe that I like yet – I have found baking in different countries is totally different.  In Sweden, the flour, baking powder, eggs and everything are all different – so my Swedish cookbook works perfectly with Swedish ingredients, but not as well at all here in Ireland.

My other cookbooks are American, and despite having bought the right cup measures, again, the ingredients dont always seem to work as well.  I think I may have to invest in an Irish cookbook that I can use here! Any suggestions??

stuffed-appleMore apples left over – so (thanks Alison), I am making baked apples for dessert tonight with a mixture of walnuts, almonds, coconut, chocolate, dried cranberries and brown sugar stuffed inside.

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EDIT: One word… MUSH…

The apple pie recipe that I used today said that I should cook the apples in water, sugar, spices and lemon juice, and then drain off the liquid before putting the apples into the pie.  The liquid looked too good to waste, so I added some more water & have reduced it down by half.  I am thinking of adding some hot water to it in a mug, and having a spiced apple tea! Mmmm…

EDIT: If you are going to make this tea – make sure you havent added butter to the apples – it makes the tea a wee bit weird 🙂    But it still tastes good!!