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Winter Warmers at Meadows and Byrne

The seasons have officially turned we are now in winter mode, it is time to think about changing what we are serving for dinner. This time of year is all about winter warmers. Think full-bodied stews, casseroles and soups that are full of seasonal veg. Most of these types of dishes are even better the second day and leftovers are the perfect lunch. Saving you both money and time and impressing everyone with your delicious flavours, what’s not to love! Kitchen & Dining Buyer and self-confessed food-addict Julie is going to give you some ideas here on how you can make the most of your cookware and ingredients this season…...

Simple Sauteed Cabbage

Cabbage is a very traditional Irish vegetable that gets a very bad rep! Soggy, boiled to within an inch of it’s life and served in a pool of salty water… hardly something to shout home about. However, it doesn’t have to be like this, cabbage is a wonderful vegetable that can be exciting again if we give it some love. I have taken to sauteing it in the manner below and served alongside a rich stew or on the side of a slow cooked beef brisket it really is almost joyful! It is ready in less than 20 minutes and I’m confident it will make up for years of over...

Julie’s Winter Vegetable Curry

If you are searching for a curry that is easy to make, cheap to whip up and a surefire crowd-pleaser then look no further. This Winter Vegetable Curry makes the best use of seasonal vegetable and store cupboard ingredients to create a tasty all in one meal. Simply serve with some rice and you have a great vegan alternative to the traditional curry. All of the vegetables are seasonal, ensuring a lower carbon footprint if you go for local produce. They can be sourced plastic free if you are trying to avoid some of the packagings too, so this is a good one to include in your menu once in...

Chicken with Caramelized Apples

Looking for a chicken dinner with a difference? Well, look no further… This unusual casserole is a one pot dinner, ready for the oven in 15 minutes. All you have to do then is let the oven do the work. With gorgeous caramelized apples and warming hints of cinnamon and ginger, this is a perfect Autumn dinner. Use chicken thighs for flavour and I recommend using a cast iron casserole to allow you to do all the cooking in one pot. Save on that washing up! INGREDIENTS 3 Braeburn apples, peeled, cored and thickly sliced 2 teaspoons Honey 30g Butter 1 small Cinnamon stick 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg 1 tablespoon olive...

Baking made easier – Tips to streamline your baking

With the Great British Bake Off final airing this week, interest in baking reaches its peak. Baking brings back fond memories for many people, learning to bake alongside their Granny for example. It can sometimes seem like a much more difficult process than cooking is. You have all that extra measuring, extra precision and extra steps. However, our tips will help you streamline your baking and make it a regular feature in your kitchen again. I know all about how daunting baking can seem, I decided to bake my own wedding cake… A great idea in theory,  but in reality, with a month to go to D-Day, this Bride-to-Be was...

New Season Tableware

Nothing lifts a dinner party or afternoon tea better than a gorgeous tableware to show off the culinary masterpieces you have produced. Who among us doesn’t have one or two different sets for different occasions? Or is that just me… I will admit the long-suffering Mr Kitchen Buyer has often looked at me sideways when tasked with getting the spring-dinnerware out of the top press! But there is just something about tableware that I love and I especially love to change it up. What you dress your table with can be a wonderful way to express your personality, highlight an occasion or simply show off the food. If showing off...

You Guac My World

You Guac My World Guacamole or Guac as it’s fondly known, a dip made from avocados, is originally from Mexico. The name is derived from two Aztec Nahuatl words—ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce). All you really need to make guacamole is ripe avocados and salt. After that, a little lime or lemon juice—a splash of acidity— will help to balance the richness of the avocado. Then if you want, add chopped cilantro, chilies, onion, and/or tomato.   The trick to making perfect guacamole is using good, ripe avocados. Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, the avocado is not ripe yet...

Simple Speedy Recipes from Kady’s Kitchen

My top 4 go-to meals on the run!   As much as I find cooking and being in the kitchen therapeutic, it can be the last thing I feel like doing after a long day of work. But if you want to eat healthily, it can be hard to find better alternatives to a home cooked meal.   So I have rounded up my favourite simple & speedy recipes that help me zip through my week. I always make enough to cover lunch the following day too. And if you are cooking for your family or friends, even better as you don’t have to spend time cleaning up once you...

Julie’s Chocolate Fudge – 3 Ways

Are you stuck for ideas on how to use up those leftover Easter Eggs that might be tempting you? Well, look no further, we here at Meadows and Byrne have the answer! Our Kitchen and Dining Buyer, Julie, has come up with an easy recipe that will impress your guests and delight the family. Everybody loves a little chocolate hit and the beauty of this recipe is that you can switch it up to suit your taste. With minimal fuss yet maximum flavour this Chocolate Fudge will surely prove to be a favourite! Over to you Julie! I’m using my Le Creuset Cast iron here today, because I just love...

Easter Dining – Make an Occasion of it

At Easter time Spring is in full bloom and everyone is excited to enjoy the treats brought by the Easter Bunny! It’s a gorgeous time of the year to invite friends and family to gather round and enjoy a special meal so why not do it in style with some special touches to your table. We have selected and styled our favourite tableware for the occasion to give us all a little Easter dining inspiration. Spring Chic…k This time of year is all about enjoying Spring and the sunshine that comes with it. Inspired by sunshine yellows, spring chicks and garden freshness our first look brings together a classic Easter...

SALE TOP PICKS: Grab it before it’s gone…

Going, going… Grab it before it’s gone! With only one week to go in our Winter Sale; seize the day and get yourself or someone else a little something special before it’s over! For the chef… If your collection of pots and pans have seen better days,now is the time to replace them with some shiny new ones. With up to 50% off Kitchen items it makes sense to invest in new utensils and gadgets. | TOP PICKS |                                   For the fashionista… Our Fashion range is polished for work or play – and brimming with after-hours...