Posts Tagged ‘Bacon and Cabbage’

I’ve been fascinated watching the challenge set by Sinead over at Bumbles of Rice, asking folks to put up photos of their dinners during the week.  The real life ones…. not the photoshopped, styled photos…. the dinners that people are actually sitting down to eat each day.

I know Sinead is talking about family dinners, i.e. families with kids.  ladies, how you cook separate meals for kids and adults amazes me… tis bad enough cooking dinner for 2 people!!!

However cooking for two can be just as stressful, you know, we can be pulling our hair out trying to decide what to have for dinner!!!

We cook every single night.  The odd night, it might be something reheated out of the freezer, but other than that it is freshly cooked.  When you live 6 miles away from a (not so great) take-away that’s what you have to do.

I’m trying to be a bit organised at the moment, with my 7 dinners listed at the start of the week…. just to take the pressure off, but then sometimes the old s*** hits the fan and plans have to be abandoned.

So here goes folks in the spirit of sharing is caring….. here’s how our dinners worked out last week.


We’d had a busy weekend, so Sunday night became our ‘kind of’ take-away night…. in that Alfie made pizza.  He makes a pile of pizza bases in one go and freezes them individually for the night when no-one really feels like cooking. I make a stack of tomato sauces with different flavours when we have our own tomatoes and freeze those too!  Pizzas in this house tend to be vegetarian…. Alfie makes a damn fine potato and leek pizza… and as for his aubergine and red cabbage one – to die for!


It was my turn to cook.  Alfie’s daughter had made Chicken Laksa for us when she visited in October and I was dying to try it for myself 🙂  Gosh, is this tasty!

Chicken Laksa

Chicken Laksa


We had B&B guests who were eating with us so it was a traditional Irish dinner….. Bacon and Cabbage.

Bacon and Cabbage

Bacon and Cabbage


Having had an incredibly early check-out : 3 am…. we were both exhausted so it was something from the freezer…. Alfie’s pork burgers with home-made chips and salad.

Pork Burger

Alfie’s pork burger



Was another meatless day…. again a new recipe that I tried.  Black Bean Chilli…. very nice.

Black Bean Chilli

Black Bean Chilli


Beef Malay.  I love this dish and in fact, would be happy to have it every week… but that would be silly wouldn’t it??

Beef Malah

Beef Malah


I was in Dublin all day, so Alfie was in charge of dinner…… if you know Alfie at all, you’ll have guessed, yes…. it was steak with patatas bravas 🙂  As you can see from photo, I was almost done before I remembered to take photo!!!

Steak with patatas braves

Steak with patatas braves

As you can see there was a bit of lack of variety and/or balance….. chips and patatas bravas and rice on 2 nights…. but what the heck… this week will be better (not)!!!

How do you do on your dinners?

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So you know we had the competition recently for a ‘bacon’ recipe to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Well we had a winner – Paul Hurst who it turns out lives just 10 miles away from us!

We had a number of entries all of which sound so delicious and we will be trying them all out and sharing them with you…. I am especially looking forward to trying the Bourbon Old Fashioned with a bacon infusion!!!!

Poor Barry, our chef judge, from Harte’s Bar & Grill in Kildare had a challenge to choose a winner!  Thank you Barry for taking on the job.

And of course thank you to all who sent in their recipes.

So here is Paul’s recipe for Bacon & Cabbage Soup which he has adapted from Clodagh McKenna’s recipe.  I made a batch for our lunch today…. you should consider making a batch to have before, or after, any parade you might be attending…. it is delicious and warming! 🙂

Paul did say he adjusts the recipe to taste and by eye!  I had to do the same!  This recipe is a slight variation on Paul’s.

Bacon & Cabbage Soup

Bacon & Cabbage Soup


  • 5 streaky bacon slices, diced
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of Oregano
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 gloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 lt of homemade chicken stock
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Salt & Black Pepper.
  • 2 cups (about half a head) of Savoy cabbage, diced


Melt the butter in a heavy based saucepan, add the bacon, onion, potato and garlic.  Cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes.

Add your stock, tomatoes and oregano and bring to the boil.

Simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes until potatoes have cooked.

Then add your cabbage and simmer for a further 5 – 10 minutes depending on how tender you like your cabbage.

Season to taste.

Irish Bacon & Cabbage Soup

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day

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