Monthly Archives: April 2017


Barmbrack (or báirín breac in Irish, from báirín, a loaf, and breac, speckled, due to the raisins in it) is a traditional treat in Ireland, falling somewhere between bread and cake. What makes it special is the ring and coin that are usually baked into the bread, turning it into a bit of a fortune-telling game: whoever gets the coin will […]

Sterilising jars ready for filling with preserve.

Whenever you’re making jams, jellies, marmalades, chutneys, whatever, one of the secrets of success is to always make sure your preserves go into very clean, sterilized jars. This is to prevent any growth of mould and will also help with the shelf life of your preserves. Sterilizing Jars in the Microwave It’s actually quite straightforward […]