Gimme the Recipe and Lunchbox Cookies

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

100g oats

50g raisins

2013-02-16 15.14.49Heat the butter, honey and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat until the sugar and butter have melted and the honey is well-combined into the liquid mixture.

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Measure mixed spice, self raising flour, oats and raisins into a mixing bowl.  Pour in the warm sugar mixture and mix well.

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Scoop the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet – it is not as stiff and floury as most cookies.

2013-02-16 17.17.22Bake at 150C for about 7 minutes.  The cookies will become a golden brown colour and are absolutely delicious (especially as they’re so easy to make.)

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I would really recommend this cookbook, especially for any busy mums out there!

Although Mercier Press sent me a free copy of this book to review, all opinions are my own.  Gimme the Recipe is available here.


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