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Basye/Wexler Adventure 2021



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Sara's Orzo Pasta Salad

Posted by Rachel Basye on March 1, 2021 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

-1.5 cups orzo

-2-3 cups shrimp

-1 shallot

-1/2 bell pepper (diced)

-1 medium cucumber (diced)

-1-2 cooked beets (diced)

-1/4 cup gorgonzola

-2tbsp olive oil

-1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

-paprika (shake)

-chili flakes

1. Boil water on stove with a little bit of salt. Add orzo and cook accorinding to directions. 

2. Cook shallot in pan with half the oil and chili flakes. Add pepper and salt to taste.

3. When shallot...

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Christina Tosi's Graham Cracker Toffee a la Sara

Posted by Rachel Basye on February 24, 2021 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

  • 2 sleeves of graham crackers/shortbread/or some kind of cookie/cracker (I used Supervalu's Nice cookies)
  • 12 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa PB
  • 1/4 cup PB
  • 1/8 cup choco chips
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
1. place parchment in an 8 by 8 baking pan. 
2. put a layer of graham crackers or cookies along the bottom. 
3. spread with the choco chips, coconut, a...

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Whole Grain Russian Pancakes

Posted by Rachel Basye on February 18, 2021 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 c porridge oats

1 cup buttermilk

2 free-range organic eggs, whisked

1 level teaspoon baking soda

scant 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons sugar

2 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter, for pan frying

Pour the buttermilk into a bowl and sprinkle the baking soda on top, leave for 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture begins to bubble. Whisk the egg, salt, and sugar into the buttermilk mixture. Slowly add the flour and ...

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Irish Shepherd's Pie

Posted by Rachel Basye on February 7, 2021 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

So it seemed to me (David) nothing would be more Irish than Shepherd's Pie (or more English or more Scottish). Now apparently one has to distinguish Shepherd's Pie (lamb) from Cumberland Pie (ground beef), and t(more cheese and bread crumbs). Anyway, here's the recipe: 


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 pounds lean ground lamb
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
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Smoky Monkfish and White Bean Stew

Posted by Rachel Basye on February 1, 2021 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Monkfish is a fish I'd never heard of before this trip. It's very strange looking, and incredibly delicious. A very firm white fish, it has a texture somewhat like lobster. It's very meaty and can be cooked like tenderloin or in filets. Recipes abound for Monkfish curries. I had cooked up some cannellini beans yesterday and the local store had just gotten in Monkfish when we were doing our big shop, so I searched for something with beans and the fish. This recipe came up. We made it last nigh...

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Nuela's Egg Muffins

Posted by Rachel Basye on January 19, 2021 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Nuela, our delightful neighbor in Kinsale and I (Sara), got to know each other by sharing treats. I would bake something and take her and her husband, John, some, then she would bring something to us. When she brought these, we were so taken by them, I immediately asked for the recipe! Nuela and John have a son and daughter in law in Connecticut. They haven't ...

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Rachel's Split Pea Soup

Posted by Rachel Basye on January 10, 2021 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

- 1 chopped leak, 1 chopped parsnip, 1 chopped carrot, 1 chopped onion

- 2 cloves garlic

- 1 cup peas

- 3 pieces bacon or thick ham

1. Put these in a baking pan and roast for 45 minutes. 

2. While roasting, cook 3 pieces of Irish bacon (very little fat) in a stock pot. If using fatty bacon, drain before adding veggies.

2. Move roasted veggies to the stock pot/dutch oven and add 1 cup of split peas. 

3. Cover with water and simmer until peas ...

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Riff on BBC's Oat Biscuit

Posted by Rachel Basye on December 25, 2020 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

- 75 grams wholewheat flour

- 1 tsp baking powder

- 75 g porridge oats

- 50 g brown sugar

- 75 g butter

- 1 tbsp of honey

- 2 tbsp of milk

- 1/4 cup dried fruit

- 1/4 chopped dark chocolate

Set oven to 180 C.

1. Mix together flour, baking powder, oats, and sugar. 

2. Melt butter with honey and milk in microwave or saucepan.

3. Pour butter over flour mixture and stir to combine. Add dried fruit and chocolate, mixing u...

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Irish PB Chocolate Chip Tea Biscuits

Posted by Rachel Basye on December 21, 2020 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

- 140 g Irish butter (softenend)

- 140 g crunchy peanut butter

- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar

- 1/4 cup white sugar

- 1 egg

- a dash of salt

- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

- 1 cup flour

- 45 g chopped dark chocolate

Heat oven at Mark 150

1. Put the butter in a bowl and smash with an Irish potato masher until con...

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Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Posted by Rachel Basye on December 17, 2020 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

- three roasted chicken thighs (with saved juices)

- roasted leeks 

- 2 potatoes

- 2 carrots

- 3/4 cup broccoli

- 3/4 cup cauliflower

- 1 cup mushrooms

- 1/2 teaspoon garlic, dried parsley, salt, and pepper

1. remove meat from chicken thighs and simmer 6 cups of water with the bones and skins with all spices.

2. Once brothy, drain out bones and skins.

3. Add juices, carrots, broccoli, califlower, and potatoes. Simmer for a few m...

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