Have you ever wondered what Irish farmer’s like to eat? Pondered over the dishes that make rural Ireland tick. Dreamed of creating a feast fit for a farmer?
Well today we’re going to explore a new book where you’ll find answers to all these mouth-watering questions, and we’ll delve into a big bowl of Irish apple crumble, thanks to Lorna Sixsmith’s tried and true family recipe.
To kick off Lorna’s book blog tour, I’m delighted to introduce her new book, How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife, with a giveaway for a copy of her rural Irish handbook. Stay tuned for details of how to enter at the end of this post, but first let’s learn ….
How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife:
Lorna created this guide for farm wives and girlfriends, husbands and boyfriends, and country lovers everywhere. She answers important questions big and small for rural dwellers like …
How can you feed eight contractors with ten minutes’ notice?
How can you get along with your mother-in-law
(especially if she is an Irish Mammy)?
How do you win awards at agricultural shows?
How do you prepare a chicken for the table?
The answer to these questions may seem trivial to city folk, but for those who dwell on a farm, the answers are often the keys to successful living in the country.
Let’s face it – cooking is an important skill for anyone living any distance from a grocery store. And Irish farm wives and husbands have long been able to cook tasty fare in double quick time, using the ingredients in their pantry. Here’s what Lorna has to say …
“Irish farm dinners have a well-deserved and long reputation of being wholesome, nutritious, meaty, large and home-cooked. Traditionally they are plates heaped with slices of meat, multiple scoops of mashed potato and at least two vegetables, all swimming in gravy. Wholesome desserts are smothered with lashings of custard or full cream.
That is exactly what happens on dinner tables around the country most days of the week. Wholesome – yes; nutritious – yes; need to exercise or engage in physical activity to work it off – yes. If you’re thinking that you will put on weight with this lifestyle, you might be right. At least the regular consumption of takeaways and fast food is limited due to the distance from town to farm.”
How To Be Self-Sufficient?
Here’s Lorna’s advice ….
“Our fore-mothers harvested potatoes. They grew carrots, turnips and parsnips. They planted onions, lettuce and broad beans. Some ground their own flour. They baked bread daily and cakes frequently. They had hens for eggs, chickens for the table and cows for milk. They made their own butter and butchered their own pig each year. While they didn’t have much money to buy goods from shops, there was good food on the table. As the proverb says, a cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle.”
A perfect farm wife plans the meals for the week before she goes grocery shopping. This reduces waste and ensures she isn’t missing a crucial ingredient in the middle of cooking a meal. The expression “fail to prepare, prepare to fail” is as pertinent for efficient planning of family meals as a business.”
Farm Recipes With Preparation Tips And Tricks:
If you’re searching for recipes to appeal to any busy farmer’s palate then this book is wonderful.
Lorna includes her family favorites including shepherd’s pie or cottage pie, how to cook a perfect roast with easy to prepare side dishes, and tips for quick, make-ahead desserts.
She even includes a chapter with instructions on how to pack a picnic to feed hungry workers in the field.
In America we make fruit crisps and cobblers, but in Ireland crumble is our go-to, easy-to-make comfort dessert.
In fact, crumble may be one of the easiest and most reliable desserts to prepare, with success simply guaranteed. It can be made in advance, stored and cooked when needed.
Adaptation of the basic recipe is a cinch. You can simply use ingredients you have at hand, using whatever fruit is in season. Since fall is upon us I thought I would make Lorna’s apple crumble for you today.
In this recipe the ingredients for the crumble mix itself can be varied to your liking. Lorna sometimes uses just plain flour, and at other times adds wholemeal flour and oatmeal. In today’s recipe I used a combo of plain flour and oatmeal as the crumble base.
Crumble is quick to make as long as the butter is soft.
Apple Crumble Recipe – American Version
Here is the printable recipe for Irish Apple Crumble using American ingredient measurements.
- 1 and 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of oatmeal
- 1 stick of butter
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 3 to 4 Granny Smith apples (or 2 large Bramley cooking apples)
- 1/4 cup of sugar to sweeten apples.
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Sift the flour into a large bowl.
- Rub the flour and the butter together with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
- Mix in the brown sugar and oats. Set the crumble aside to prepare the apples.
- Grease a 1.5 quart oven-proof dish.
- Peel and slice the apples.
- Layer the fruit and sugar in the base of the dish.
- Spread the crumble mix over the top.
- Cook a 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.
- Serve with cream, hot custard or ice cream.
Apple Crumble Recipe – Metric and Imperial Version:
For readers in Ireland and other parts of the world here’s the printable recipe using metric and imperial measurements. I hope this helps everyone print the exact recipe they are looking for.
Today we’re kicking off Lorna’s blog book tour. If you would like to follow along, check out Rich’s post tomorrow on A Trip To Ireland.
How To Buy:
A quick note: Some of these links are affiliate links, which means I will earn a small commission if you choose to make a purchase using one of these links. The price you pay will not be affected. Thanks so much for supporting my blog ….
If you would like to purchase Lorna’s book it’s available from her website:
Amazon – How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife
It’s also available from Kennys Bookshop in Ireland with free shipping worldwide.
To enter just leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015.
Any comment will do. What you write does not affect your chance of winning, but if you need inspiration for your entry why not tell us what dish you would prepare for a hungry farmer.
A winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published or shared, just used to contact our lucky contestant.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday November 11th, 2015, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes entries by clicking here.
A big thank you to Lorna Sixsmith for sponsoring this wonderful prize.
Update Winner Chosen On November 11th, 2015
Good news. Our winner have been chosen using the random “Pick Giveaway Winner” WordPress plug-in.
Congratulations to …..
I’ll send you a quick e-mail, Maureen, to let you know you are our prize winner.
Thanks to everyone who joined in and entered this little giveaway.
And a big thank you to Lorna for sponsoring this wonderful prize and for introducing her new book.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)