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make soda farls and one-pot ham soup nice for freezing

It is virtually the New 12 months. 2022 was one other difficult 12 months for many of us, and I am not sorry to see it finish.

It is a time for celebrating new beginnings, but in addition a time for reflection, and for those who’re discovering issues tight, it is a time for reviewing your Christmas presents, as a result of these presents could possibly be the distinction between having one thing additional to placed on the desk or not.

The one that gave you the present supposed the current for you with all one of the best intentions as a result of they need you to have one thing for your self. Therein lies the issue, you may’t, since you’ve bought a invoice to pay and never sufficient money to cowl it. What do you do?

Perceive that after the present is obtained, the giver has expressed their intentions however has no alternative about what you do with it. The identical goes for the presents we have all ‘regifted’ or despatched to the charity store, as a result of they only did not hit the mark.

Do you have to really feel responsible about exchanging a present for retailer credit score to purchase necessities, or utilizing a present card for a similar functions? You should not, however I do know that there’s remorse. I’ve skilled it too. I’ve used cash supposed as a present to pay the payments, and it concurrently seems like a weight lifting and a cloud of unfairness setting. I perceive the unfairness of all of it. Having to go with out to pay payments, particularly when you have got a beautiful present (or possibly a number of) dangled in entrance of you is a rotten feeling.

From the gift-givers perspective, they need you to have a present to cherish or get pleasure from spending on your self. Equally, they definitely don’t desire you to reside in hardship for the sake of retaining the present. Use what it’s important to pay the payments; all of the buying journeys on this planet will not make up for no warmth or meals on the desk.

For those who take any recommendation from me this week, it is to not get caught up in what it’s important to sacrifice. I understand that is simpler mentioned than executed, however the resentment can devour you and switch the meals in your mouth to mud.

I promise you that when issues get higher, it is possible for you to to deal with your self and respect it all of the extra for the sacrifices you’ve got made.

Cash Saving Ideas

You could be acquainted with Olio, the meals waste-sharing app, which is a intelligent approach to share meals that’s previous its promote by date. The meals continues to be completely usable and the Olio Meals Waste champions in your space volunteer to help in redistribution.

What you could not know is that Olio additionally capabilities on a way more micro stage. When you have half a jar of relish left over from Christmas that you could be not use, you may share it with native Olio customers. Not solely is that this a helpful approach of clearing out the presses and cabinets of meals that may in any other case go to waste however you might also decide up a couple of coveted components totally free.

Soda Farls

recipe by:Caitriona Redmond

Soda farls are nicest when freshly made with a runny egg on high and possibly a few bits of crispy bacon too

Soda Farls

Preparation Time

15 min


  • 300g plain flour

  • 165ml buttermilk

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • Pinch of salt

  • Flour for dusting


  1. Place a non-stick frying pan on the hob on a medium warmth.

  2. Put the flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt in a big mixing bowl and blend collectively till you have got a unfastened dough. I usually do the blending with the again of a knife or a fork. The secret’s to not overwork the dough.

  3. Pull the dough collectively right into a ball along with your palms and place on a well-dusted chopping board. Mud extra flour excessive. Pat the ball down so that you just get a flat, spherical form, about 2cm in peak. Lower the dough into quarters.

  4. At this stage the frying pan needs to be at a continuing medium warmth. Put the 4 items onto the pan and permit them to prepare dinner till golden brown on the underside.

  5. At this stage flip the farls and prepare dinner once more on the opposite aspect. You’ll discover that the edges could seem a bit of uncooked. As soon as the 2 massive sides are cooked, flip all of the farls on their aspect and relaxation towards each other, turning till each edge is cooked.

  6. Serve instantly.

Ham soup with dumplings

recipe by:Caitriona Redmond

This ham soup with dumplings is a superb one-pot meal. You might even freeze the cooking water a ham and reheat it to make the soup later

Ham soup with dumplings

Preparation Time

15 min


  • 1 liter ham cooking liquid/inventory

  • 1/2 turnip/swede, peeled and chopped

  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 100g of dried soup combine

  • 300g plain flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 2 spring onions/scallions finely chopped

  • 30g melted butter

  • 70ml chilly water

  • 400g shredded, cooked ham


  1. Take a big, heavy-bottomed saucepan with a agency lid. Pour within the inventory, soup combine and chopped greens and convey to a simmer. Put the lid on and simmer for 20 minutes.

  2. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, scallions and melted butter. Then slowly pour within the chilly water in quarters. Stir the combination with a fork and cease including water when you have got a stiff dough.

  3. As soon as the greens within the pot are cooked and tender, stir within the shredded ham. Form the dough into small ping-pong-sized balls. Sit them on high of the soup. Put the lid again on the pot and simmer for quarter-hour. Utilizing a big spoon, gently flip the dough over and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

  4. Serve in giant soup bowls and eat with a spoon.


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