After 5 years in Ireland and 2 years living with an Irishman, I have noted that the American foods I grew up with and loved are a far cry from traditional Irish food, or even foods which Beardy Boyfriend would eat as his own comfort food. As a result, when the lovely Mercier Press sent me a copy of Sheila Kiely‘s new book, Gimme the Recipe, I was really excited to expand my mind a bit as to Irish comfort food. But what I found, interestingly, is that the recipes were not in any way intimidating.
Kiely presents her cookbook as ideal for busy mums (which suits me as well – although I might not have to deal with small children, Beardy Boyfriend and I have a schedule which means that cooking a variety of quick yet healthy food can be challenging. So Kiely’s recipes are perfect for someone with a busy schedule – while not making traditional Irish food, she has quick and easy contemporary Irish food (filled with things which have come into the Irish standard – pasta carbonara, chicken kiev, various curries.) I cannot recommend this book highly enough for people with busy schedules who are trying to wean themselves off of take-out and knock together a quick dinner, using ingredients that we all have on the shelf.
In addition to the dinner meals, she also includes a baking section, with lovely recipes for cookies and scones. I decided to try her incredibly quick and easy lunchbox cookie recipe – the result was, according to Beardy Boyfriend, a success! These would also be a great recipe to make with kids.
Lunchbox Cookies (from Gimme the Recipe)
100g unsalted butter
50g light brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
100g self-raising flour
Measure mixed spice, self raising flour, oats and raisins into a mixing bowl. Pour in the warm sugar mixture and mix well.
Scoop the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet – it is not as stiff and floury as most cookies.
I would really recommend this cookbook, especially for any busy mums out there!