1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
250g rindless back bacon ( I used unsmoked)
8 Irish pork sausages (any good quality sausages are fine)
2 carrots, peeled and finely sliced
2 medium sized potatoes (about 250g), finely sliced
500ml rich beef stock (made with 2 stock cubes)
Salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat the oven to 220 Â°C (Gas mark 7).
Heat the oil In a large frying pan, add the onions and cook on a medium heat to soften them a little. Meanwhile, cut the bacon in to 1 cm cubes, then add to the onions and stir well.
Cut the sausages in half and add to the onion and bacon. Turn the heat up a little and cook until the sausages start to turn brown but make sure you keep stirring as you donâ€™t want to burn the onions.
In a heat proof casserole dish, place half of the onion, bacon and sausage mixture and top with a layer of sliced carrots and a layer of sliced potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat with another layer as before and end with a layer of potato.
Carefully pour over the stock, cover with a lid and place in the centre of the oven and cook for 1 hour. Make sure it doesn’t dry out, if it does you can top up with a little boiling water.
Turn the heat down to 175Â°C (Gas mark 4) and cook for a further 30 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through.
Rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
Serve with a lovely chunk of soda bread to soak up the gravy.
TIP: I used the mandolin attachment on my vegetable peeler to slice the carrots and potatoes quickly, thinly and uniformly.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
170g self-raising flour
170g wholemeal flour
Â½ tsp salt
Â½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pre-heat the oven to 200Â°C (Gas mark 6)
Sieve all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk then mix with a fork to form a dough.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Shape into a round and place on a baking sheet or tray.
Score the top with a knife in the shape of a cross and bake for about 30 minutes. To test if the loaf is ready it will sound hollow when tapped.
Cool on a wire rack.