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Apple and raspberry compote

23 Aug

Compote gazing out the window


Recently, the nice people in Glenisk sent me some vouchers to try out their new Original range. In keeping with the rest of their range, it is organic yogurt. There are three varieties in this particular range. Natural, mango and blueberry- all very delicious! Click for more information on the Glenisk Original Range.

I decided that I would use the yogurt to top off a fruit compote- and transform it into a simple dessert. It’s also pretty tasty as something to round off breakfast! For this recipe I decided to use the natural yogurt as I wanted to use its tartness to complement the sweetness of the fruit.

I could tell you the reason that I chose these particular apples was because of their qualities and smoothness when cooked, but it wasn’t. I used what I had in the fridge. Some were  fuji apples, and some were pink ladies. It worked, thankfully. Use whatever you fancy yourself!



1kg apples.

juice of 1 lemon

3 tablespoons of water

75g sugar (preferably vanilla sugar)

125g raspberries

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Glenisk Original natural yogurt

Digestives (crumbled)



Peel the apples and using a small paring knife, cut strips of the apple rotating as you go- this gives you long thin pieces of fruit that will disintegrate quickly when cooked. Try to avoid getting anything too stalky  into the mixture as this will give you a compote with an upsetting texture.

Prepped apples

Fling the chopped apple into a pot. Add the juice of 1 lemon and the water to stop it catching on the bottom. Also add the sugar and cinnamon at this point in time. Cook on a low heat, with the fruit mixture just gently bubbling for about twenty minutes or until the fruit starts to break up. Stir occasionally to ensure it’s not sticking.

I like a compote with a little bite in it. I don’t like to see it too smooth. So when it was done, I turned off the heat and just got a potato masher and gave it a thorough going over. This ensured there was a bit of variety to the compote. I added the raspberries at this point and gently squashed them and mixed- so again there was variety.

I spooned the mixture into glasses and put them in the fridge so the compote became firmer. I spooned over some of the Glenisk yogurt and for some crunch I bashed up some digestives and sprinkled on top.



(Note: I was sent vouchers to sample the yogurt. The recipe and photo are my own.  No yogurt was hurt in the making of this recipe.)

Challenge me

18 May

Right short post- but I have a challenge for you!

I want my next proper post to be a recipe- I am starting to get cooking withdrawal symptoms. You guys get to pick what I cook. Please comment below and I’ll pick one of the ideas!

Donal Skehan’s Kitchen Hero Returns!

29 Apr

Just a short little post to remind you all that Donal Skehan returns to our televisions tomorrow night for a new series of Kitchen Hero. It’s on RTE 1 at 8:30 PM. The book Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less is out on May 10th.

I might just have to make my favourite Kitchen Hero recipe, Nasi Goreng tomorrow night. What’s your favourite Kitchen Hero recipe?

Pancake Recipe

21 Feb

It’s Pancake Tuesday, and I thought I would share the recipe I use most often. I will state at this juncture it is not my recipe, full credit has to go to Ray D’Arcy (Senior) father of Ray D’Arcy who presents on Today FM.


Every year, Ray has his father on the show on Pancake Tuesday to go through the recipe with listeners, and once I tried this recipe I never looked at another.



8 oz flour

2 eggs

Pinch of salt or sugar (depending on whether they are to be savoury or sweet)

1 pint of liquid (Two thirds milk to one third water)


You sift the flour and the pinch of salt/sugar, beat the eggs, and then add the eggs to the sifted flour. You will get a crumby mix. Now slowly add the liquid, a little at a time, whisking constantly so you get a consistent mixture with no lumps. Then let the mixture sit for 15/30 mins. Whisk before use.

Use a little oil on some kitchen paper to grease the pan, and cook on a medium to high heat. Enjoy!

What do you like on your pancakes? Comment below!

Masterchef returns!

17 Jan

Just a short post- a quick reminder to any Masterchef fans out there, the new series kicks off tonight at 9pm on BBC1.

No longer will our evenings be devoid of Gregg, John, architectural food, micro-leaves, fondant potatoes, creamy deserts to name but a few.

I have my buttery biscuit base ready in anticipation.

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