Saturday, 30 March 2013

Salmon for dinner & egg for supper

I have always had a great liking for fish and amongst my favourite fish meals is Salmon followed by Tuna steaks, the latter I now rarely see in the fish mongers - of course it might be that I don't arrive in town early enough as am not great at getting up early in the mornings :)

Below is a half side of salmon which I purchased for €6. 50 (£5. 50 or US$8. 30) and weighs approximately 1-3/4 LB sufficient for two good meals for me, Mrs H is not fond of baked salmon and her preference is for it to be sliced & barbecued.

My preparation is to spread a thin coating of olive oil on the tray, lay in the fish, liberally sprinkle it with freshly ground black pepper surface plus a small amount of sea salt to enhance the flavour and a few knobs of Kerrygold Butter to prevent burning.

Here is my superb fish tea together with nicely buttered crisp breads and cracked-wheat crackers; I prefer not to accompany the fish with vegetables or potatoes. 

The picture below is of a recent find  in a charity shop by Mrs H who has lately developed a penchant for jugs of various styles. We added the brown egg to symbolise the fruit of the fowl.

Also this perhaps will get the attention of Mr John Gray of Going Gently whose blog I visit on occasionally.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Quaint perhaps ?

A home for the Wee people

A very small house and the home of six Leprechauns who are very shy at the best of times and can get very irate if disturbed.

Fortunately for the photographer they were not at home, this fact was easy to ascertain for there is no sign of smoke or heat leaving the chimney.

The Old Pump

Pumps like these situated at the side of the roads,were once a very common sight in rural Ireland. This particular one is still used, the water is regularly tested and the pump is maintained with an occasional lick of paint.

With the onset of public water supplies soon to be metered and a charge made, it will be interesting to see what will happen at this particular pump.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Tuesday 12th March 2012

The back garden 

It is 6.45 in the morning the temperature is -5C and when I tried to open the front door to take a photo it was frozen to the jambs. 
Dawn has just arrived and there is one solitary Blue tit at the feeder.
The Wise Woman sleeps on!  I wish it were me however, once awake I have to get up as am unable to stay in bed for any length of time.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

The Talents of a Good Woman!

Jam Buns

I felt that I just had to share with you one of the other talents of Mrs H that is apart from her art which she is well known for.

We have been married for about ten years and this is only the second batch of buns she has made. The first batch was about three weeks ago and they absolutely delicious, in fact I could live off the smell coming from the kitchen - they are that good!

The jam is described as Luxury Strawberry spread at a content of 75% fruit.

They are just perfect with a cup of tea while sitting by the fire on a very cold and wintry evening.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Goldfinches & Signs of Spring

Goldfinches feeding

Privately I refer to these as small parrots!

The Barbary type plant is leafing on it's 
lower branches.

Purple Croci in bloom around the Owl Stone
(in certain lights the standing stone is shaped 
in relief of an owl)

Daffodils a definite sign of Spring