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Slurry Spreading Flexibility Scheme

The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) have welcomed the decision by Minister Eoghan Murphy to introduce the slurry spreading flexibility scheme for autumn in recognition of the impact the weather has had on the country this year.

The FCI have urged all contractors to advise their customers who cannot spread slurry at the moment to avail of the flexibility scheme and to contact the Nitrates Section of the Dept of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) at 053 9163444 or by emailing with details of their situation.

Listen back to Michael Moroney of the FCI talk to Tommy Marren this morning about the issues and how to deal with them, below.

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Road Safety Campaign 2017

Roll up, roll up! It's your chance to win €1000 for your National School or €2000 for your Secondary School with thanks to Mayo County Council and Midwest Radio. Listen back to Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Officer for #MayoCoCo as he chatted to Tommy Marren this morning about this great competition! 


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Living with HSP

Kathleen Mitchell joined Tommy this morning to tell him about her two daughters Mairead and Aoibheann who, out of the blue, were diagnosed with a condition known as Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP). Kathleen outlined the issues facing the girls and their family as they come to terms with the condition and how they are looking to raise money to help the girls. Listen back now ⬇️

You can donate to the Mitchell sisters' GoFundMe page here 

Or you can donate directly to the Mitchell Sisters' Independent Living Fund can be made at the #AIB Westport Account name: #IBAN IE68AIBk93716938430070 #BIC AIBKIE2D 

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Dr Norah Patten - Space Explorer

 Ballina native Dr Norah Patten has long held a dream of heading into space - ever since she was a teenager in fact. She chatted with Tommy Marren this morning about being selected to take part in a unique scientist-astronaut training programme in Florida.

The Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) will teach the twelve candidates from all over the world who have been selected to conduct research on the next generation of space vehicles.

Norah told us more this morning and you can listen back now. 


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A final farewell?


Two of Mayo's heroes from their run to the All Ireland Final this year, Cora Staunton and Yvonne Byrne talked to the crowd at the homecoming in An Sportlann in Castlebar on Monday night and praised their team-mates efforts. The pair, who have eight All Ireland medals between them, along with fellow stalwart Martha Carter are widely expected to take time before deciding on whether or not they will don the red & green jersey in 2018. 

Watch back now to Midwest's Facebook Live video from this evening's homecoming as "Crazy" brilliantly hi-jacked Cora's interview before the duo spoke to the assembled crowd.

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St Attracta's Hoping Old Boys Can Do The Job

 Our News Editor Teresa O'Malley joined the staff and students of St Attracta's National School in Ballaghaderreen this week to chat to them about their star past pupils Andy, Barry and David who are all involved with Mayo this weekend. Check out the interviews and pictures below! 



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Steady Eddie is Mayo Ready

Ballyhaunis CS pupil Eddie Groarke joined us this morning on a special #TommyMarrenShow and told us just how mad he is as a Mayo fan! Listen back now to his brilliant interview! 


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Lee Keegan - "We trust our could see that in the performance Saturday"


"After a hectic couple of weeks now with games every week it's been busy, thankfully have got over the hard part - well some of the hard parts - and we're back where we want to be, an All Ireland final on the 17th of September," Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan told Midwest Radio this morning.


The flying half back who won an All Ireland club title with Westport this year praised the efforts of the Mayo supporters this year, the #16thMan, and picked out the qualifying win over Cork as a special moment in the journey so far.

"It's been an up and down year in terms of the way it's gone, probably not the route we wanted to take but it is something we have experienced last year. I suppose we couldn't have foreseen what was going to happen with replays and extra-times and that - it's definitely been up and down. But we've been very lucky with our support, Cork stands out for me big time because the amount of fans that went to Limerick that day to support us was unimaginable. We are very blessed to have such support around us at the moment and we are very happy to be back in the final and we have plenty left to work on. I'm really looking forward to the next three weeks, looking forward to getting back to training and working on what we need to improve.


Not Afraid

Despite the stick that Mayo have taken, Keegan said that the squad were very much behind the management team, telling Tommy that there was huge trust between the players and the managements "and you could see that in the performance on Saturday".

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"Playing games makes you a bit more battle-hardened, and that's what has happened us this year. We are going into our tenth game of the year and it's really come down to a lot of one score games. Derry had a chance to put us out of the championship, Cork brought us to extra-time, Roscommon... so you know it's something that we're experienced in. Listen, we'd love to be winning games in normal time and within a one game parameter, but again look that's just the route we took again. This team have been around together a long time though, we're improving every game and we know when it comes down to the stretch we are capable of beating teams, whether it be by one point or five points as it was at the weekend and we're really lucky to have a great backroom team this year and everyone of the players is pushing so hard to get in the squad and that's keeping us on our toes. We know if we're not going well, Stephen is not afraid to make changes and bring lads in. It's very much up to ourselves, we are in such a great place and we trust our management so much with what we're doing - you could see within the performance on Saturday how much we do trust them and how it worked out in the end."


Keegan looked forward to the battle against a team he knows very well in the All Ireland final and had a word of praise for the reigning champions. He was quick to point out as well though that Mayo will leave no stone unturned in their quest for victory.

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"I wouldn't be so sure about the justice part of it... when you're good enough to win it, you're good enough to win it and that's the way the attitude of our group is. We've come up against a Dublin team over the last four or five years that have exemplified football with the way they've transformed and played. They've won four All Ireland's in six years and are going for three in a row and you can't under-estimate how good that team are that we're playing. Listen we've been here before, we've experienced the build up, we're well experienced from that point of view and again our management have a good system in place so we'll just focus on our training aspect and work on what we need to for the final. So our build-up for the final will be very low-key but of course the players are looking forward to it, it's the pinnacle for every footballer, they want to be back on the third Sunday in September in an All Ireland final. There's plenty of other people externally to help us within the group with tickets and bits and pieces like that. Sometimes it can become a bit of a circus if you let it take over but we are very lucky that we have a backroom team in place that that's all looked after. We just need to train hard, work on the things we need to improve and give it a right, right good go. We have a serious belief within our squad that we are capable of winning, it's just a case of getting over the next few weeks and looking at the bits we have done well so we can try and beat Dublin. We've loads to work on and we're just looking forward to a serious test on the 17th of September."

Lee was talking to us in association with SuperValu #BehindTheBall initiative. Listen back to the full interview for more details.

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Sligo Man in top 20 for Outstanding Young Person of the World Awards

Sligo man Shane Keaveney (The Rapid Foundation) needs your help to fly the flag for Ireland at the Outstanding Young Person of the World Awards (TOYP) in Amsterdam later this year.

A global initiative of Junior Chamber International (JCI), TOYP concentrates on formally recognising young people who are making strides in their chosen fields and creating a positive impact on other people, their communities and society at large. Ireland has two entries on the 20 strong shortlist (Harry McCann from Kildare being the second) and your help is now needed, as a public vote will play a role in determining the winners.

Having two nominees in the top 20 is a major achievement according to JCI Ireland President Adrian Corcoran, who added that it serves as a reminder that Ireland can be very proud of the impact its young people are having on their communities.

Dyslexia Led to Success:

Growing up with dyslexia, Shane Keaveney had a perspective of the world that was much different from societal norms. But it was his challenges that led him to co-develop innovative technology applications that are uniquely inclusive and user-friendly.

Driven by his personal experiences, he co-founded The Rapid Foundation with longtime friend Colin Keogh. The Rapid Foundation project aims to empower people around the world by giving them access and training to disruptive technologies, enabling them to create and innovate to solve their own problems and that of their communities. The project has shifted the status quo of traditional methods by doing more than providing a band aid but ultimately supplying technology and training directly to local people, allowing them to develop grassroots solutions to their own problems. To date the project has reached more than 5000 people through education and outreach with plans to expand into Asia, East Africa, South India, Uganda and Rwanda. Through the Rapid Foundation, a gateway has been opened allowing access to shared digital manufacturing regardless of location, social status or wealth.

Keaveney’s personal growth and success continue to empower him to create opportunities for those that are being hindered by their own challenges. His simple forward thinking takes a new approach to an existing problem, allowing others to become change makers.

Listen below to the full interview with Tommy Marren now and vote here to help Shane into the final ten -

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Fr John O Gorman on *that* wedding dance


Fr John O'Gorman chatted to Tommy this morning about the video which has gone viral since the weekend as he brought the first dance for Rois Lydon & Paudie Mannion forward by a few hours! Listen back to the conversation as Fr John tells us about the moment, plus he answers some of the criticism of the spontaneous moment.


(If You Can Dance in a Hotel from Make My Day Productions on Vimeo)

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Exam Results - A Peter Costello Poem

exam Yesterday on the Tommy Marren Show, Tommy read out this wonderful poem from our good friend Peter Costello from Kilkelly that asks people to look at exam results in a different light and not to get too worked up over offers not received. It's a wonderful sentiment and applies to more than just the Leaving Cert as well. You can see the poem in full below and check out more of Peter's work at


Exam Results


Congrats to all you students, that is in this frenzy zone

Whether your results were high or low, you will not be on your own

I think it is worth remembering, if things didn’t go as planned

Your life is not determined, by the paper in your hand

Some folk are academic, they’re just hard wired this way

But there are many different talents, to help you earn your pay

If you look out to the bigger world, I think you might agree

You cannot judge an elephant, because he can’t climb a tree

Ants have great communication skills, yet none of them can talk

There are fish that swim the ocean, but none of them can walk

Lions can rule the jungle, but put them to the test

Against a little robin, who can build the better nest?

You would not see a golfer, trying to hit a rugby ball

So let’s be realistic, one exam does not judge all

Some of the world’s best people, be they single, husband, wife

They all achieved their great success, from the University of Life

There is a need for everyone, in this great world of ours

The architect that draws the plans, the men that build the towers

The doctors saving lives each day, the teachers in our schools

The street sweepers, the pen pusher, there are no exception to the rules

Our world renowned musicians, our sport stars chasing Sam

They are not in those positions, because of the result of an exam

So when you look at your results, accept them for what they are

Just a little milestone, in a journey that goes far

Most folk are in their teenage years, when these exams are done

Just in the spring time of their lives, their careers not yet begun

To you that have achieved your dream, and have sailed across the line

I am truly happy for you, enjoy being on cloud nine

And to those that fell a little short, this is just a tiny blot

I can tell you in a real short time, you won’t remember what you got

It’s the future that’s important, and one thing I know is true

If you have got a goal in mind, there is nothing you can’t do

So take all negativity, and throw it in the bin

Your life is just approaching, where the real world will kick in,

 The points that you are pondering, they might be high or low

But they are not a certainty, of how your life will go.


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The cost of success

It's been a crazy, rollercoaster never to be forgotten season for supporters of the Mayo Senior Men's football team. No matter how the season finishes it is one that everyone will look back on for decades to come and shake their heads at the sheer mayhem of a year that saw Mayo draw two qualifier games before winning in extra time and then draw twice in Croke far!

Despite the amount of games, the Mayo support has been magnificent throughout, giving the players huge backing - as referenced in almost every interview with the players and management -and again on Sunday they out-numbered their rivals comprehensively yet again.

But it's not just the Mayo supporters nerves which have been put through the wringer week on week this summer - their wallets have too. We did a quick total of the cost of following the team since the opening game in Castlebar against Sligo for a family of two adults and two children. 

If you were to take the starting point for each journey as MacHale Park, Castlebar (we understand not everyone is from Castlebar but we chose the county ground as the central starting point to ensure equanimity. It does eliminate journey times for the Sligo & Derry games bringing down the overall total).

With the news confirmed this morning that ticket prices have been reduced by €10 for stand tickets to €35 and terrace tickets to €25, we calculated what it will have cost Mayo people by the time the final whistle blows next Saturday evening.

For a family of two adults and two children tickets for the eight games so far would have cost an eye-watering €600 while the cost of petrol to transverse the country would have reached €334.18 (based on average price in Mayo via In total, without accommodation, food or tolls, it would have cost €934.18 to follow Mayo this summer, up to this point. 

In reality this cost would be well over €1000, a hefty chunk to pay out in a few short months but the sheer enjoyment provided by the team this year and every year - priceless. 

]]> (Administrator) This Week Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:06:19 +0100
A Sporting Chance


In the latest in our series of chats with members of the Syrian community who have settled in Ballaghaderreen, we heard from Kasem and Alaa who have discovered a love of Gaelic Football and are integrating into the local area with thanks to sport. Listen back now.

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George Stagg Remembers 1976 Hunger Strikes

George Stagg talked to Tommy Marren this morning about the National Hunger Strikers Commemoration which takes place this Sunday in Ballina, and recounted the story of the death of his own brother Frank and the ordeal of bringing him home for burial back in 1976. Listen back below.

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The Waiting (List) Could Be Over

Mark Regan CEO of Kingsbridge Private Hospital Belfast & Sligo joined Tommy today to tell us how there maybe a chance to get off the HSE waiting lists via medical procedures in Northern Ireland - all thanks to a EU, cross-border healthcare initiative that came into existence last year but which has flown under the radar up until now. Listen back below.


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HSE decision causes heartache for DMD sufferer

On Wednesday the HSE decided against funding for #Translarna a life changing drug for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)an illness which affects Ann Marie Lewis Walsh's son, Lewis. They waited for months for the decision and fought for Ireland to consider the drug that 20 other EU countries, including Northern Ireland and England make available to sufferers. Ann Marie told the whole story to Tommy and wondered what next for her son.


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A goal to work

Charlie Lambert joined Tommy on Friday to tell us about the Mayo Sports Partnership 's programme that allows anybody obtain coaching experience in Rugby, Soccer, GAA and Basketball so that they can work as a coach.

Mayo Sports Partnership in association with the Sport Ireland, Dormant Accounts Board, South West Mayo Development Company, Mayo County Council, Mayo Mental Health Association, FAI, Mayo GAA, Connacht Rugby and Basketball Ireland will deliver “Goal to Work” Sports Coach Training Programme in Ballinrobe over the coming weeks.

Goal to Work is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board with the initiative taking place in areas such as Castlebar (2), Ballina (2), Ballyhaunis (2), Erris, Swinford, Claremorris, Achill and Westport. In 2013 the “Goal to Work” training programme won an Aontas STAR award which recognises excellence in adult education.

Course content will include a classroom based learning component including a FETAC accredited module in Occupational First Aid. It will also deliver accredited training in Child Protection in Sport- Safeguarding 1, Sport Ireland Active Leadership, and Disability Awareness. A new Children's Coaching Programme accredited by Coaching Ireland will also be included in this new phase of the initiative.

The programme will commence in early September for 3 days a week for 10 weeks and is open to currently un/underemployed men and women who can see the potential in becoming a part time / full time coach in these sports or in developing their own business.

“Goal to Work” Sport Coach Training Programme is supported by the Dormant Accounts Board and is an equal opportunities training programme.

Places will be limited to 12 trainee coaches. For more information or an application form please contact: Catherine Mc Closkey, South West Mayo Development Company. 
Email or call 087 1247771 for details.
Application forms can also be downloaded at or

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is strictly 5pm Wednesday 16th August 2017. Interviews to take place in Ballinrobe on Wednesday 23rd August.

Listen back to Charlie's interview with Tommy this week to learn more.



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Balla Bin Catching The Imagination

Balla Engineer Tommy Griffith is behind an innovative new type of bin that may soon rid us of the ugly sight of over-flowing bins that attract vermin and animals as well as being an eye-sore. The brilliantly simple yet clever design and idea is on display in Tommy's native Balla and in Castlebar and will, hopefully become a well known sight in towns across Ireland in the coming months and years. Listen back to his chat with Tommy Marren about how a simple idea could make a massive difference to the environment and help save money along the way. 

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Retirement at Home?

Mary Lynch has a guest house and she wants to share it with fellow retirees. In the process she could be about to create a new style of retirement home that could give people living on their own a new lease of life. Listen below to this possibly ground-breaking idea and find out more here -

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Time to Remove VAT on Defibrillators?

 Jim Hartnett of the group "Beating Again" joined Tommy to discuss why there is a movement growing to ask local politicians to lobby the Government to try and reduce or remove the 23% VAT currently placed on defibrillators - money which could be used to train more people in local communities. 

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'Transitions’, the third short tourism film in a series of five by featuring Con Doherty. The ‘Wild Mayo’ series concentrates on the personal stories of athletes and their relationship to County Mayo.

Following on from the massively successful first two short films by Cut Media and, this time around have your breath taken by stunning panoramas as a backdrop as Con discusses how the landscape has shaped him; a theme which will resonate with athletes and adventure enthusiasts everywhere. 

The series has already had a huge impact and will no doubt spur many people at home and abroad to visit Mayo and take in the raw, almost spiritual, beauty of the county for themselves. 

Watch all three films below. #WildMayo 

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Too Close For Comfort

 The number of cyclists struck down on the roads of Ireland this year has reached a worrying level. Now, the Mayo County Council want to make Mayo a cycle-friendly county, and want to help cyclists and motorists work together to ensure safety on the road. Listen back now to Noel Gibbons who told us about a new initiative "Too Close for Comfort". 

]]> (Administrator) This Week Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:41:13 +0100
Extended Wrap-Up Show this Sunday as Round 2 of Mayo Club Championship takes place

We have an extended Sunday Sports Wrap-Up Show this Sunday evening due to the Round 2 games in the Mayo Senior, Intermediate and Junior Club Championship. 

Our show on Sunday evening will run from 7.30-8.30pm with all the results, reports and reaction to the club championship, the Connacht Semi-Final meeting of Roscommon and Leitrim, the Qualifier clash of Sligo and Antrim and all of the Mayo League games as well. 

So join Michael D McAndrew between 7.30-8.30pm this Sunday evening for our extended Wrap-Up Show. 

]]> (Midwest Radio News) This Week Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:50:40 +0100
Elder Abuse - What can be done?

 Tim Hanly of the HSE joined Tommy Marren this week to explain the issues of elder abuse which is a major problem with almost 8,000 cases reported to the HSE in recent time. Listen back now. 

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Finding Family - Decades On

 Michael Derrig of Castlebar recently got a surprise that he wasn't expecting when he and his family discovered that they had an 80 year old big brother! Listen back to this heart-warming story of two men who never knew up to recently that they were family.

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Four people caught by scam in a few days

There has been a worrying number of people across the region targeted by telephone scam artists and the number of individuals falling for these scams seems to have increased in recent days. Tommy Marren gave details today of what to look out for, what to avoid and how to combat these phone calls that are conning people out of their hard earned money. Listen back now. 

]]> (Administrator) This Week Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:17:19 +0100
Life as a Refugee

 Each month we talk to some of the displaced people from the Middle East who have come to Ballaghaderreen as refugees and find out about their previous lives and how they are finding integration to life in the West of Ireland.

September 9th - Ibrahim  

Listen back to Ibrahim's extraordinary story as the former US Army interpreter made his way to Europe and told us of his dreams to open his own restaurant some day. 


Kamel and Amina

Imagine seeing one of your parents shot dead in your own home or losing your husband as you try and find a new life for yourself away from your war-torn homeland? These are the situations that faced Kamal and Amina who left Syria and are now living in Ballaghaderreen. They joined Tommy on Friday morning as he sought to find out more about the realities facing the refugees we have heard so much about but know so little of. Listen back now. 

]]> (Administrator) This Week Fri, 02 Jun 2017 20:44:19 +0100
Marjorie's Kitchen

If you know Midwest Radio, you know Marjorie and if you know Marjorie you know she is one of the best in the business when it comes to cooking up a storm!

For over twenty years Marjorie has brought mouth-watering menus to the airwaves on The Mid-Morning Show with Paul & Gerry and now we will bring you her monthly recipes here on each month! So bookmark the page and prepare for some fantastic recipes that bring the best of local produce all year round. 


Marjorie’s Kitchen


Meat, Game, Poultry

Grouse, Goose, Lamb, Partridge, Pheasant, Venison, Chicken, Turkey, Pork, Bacon, Beef.



Oysters, Cod, John Dory, Plaice, Scallops, Squid, Lobster, Prawns.



Chestnuts, Cabbage, Potatoes, Leeks, Pumpkins, Broccoli, Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Parsnips.



Quinces, Pears, Apples


Recipes this month for Halloween

Rich Halloween Brack

Apple & Orange Tart

Apple Chutney (no cooking)

Pumpkin Pie


Apple Chutney (No cooking)


454g/1 lb apples – peeled                                                      454g/1lb of onions

454g/1 lb brown sugar                                                           454g/1 lb of sultanas

454g/1 lb dates (cooking)                                                       20 flozs/1 pt wine vinegar (or cider)

Pinch of cayenne pepper                                                        1 packet of pickling spice

Small piece of whole ginger                                                   5ml/1 level tsp of salt


To sterilise jars: Wash, dry and place jars in a moderate oven - 180°C/350°F or Gas for 15 minutes.



  1. Mince/coarsely grate or finely chop the apples, onions and dates.  Place in a bowl.
  2. Add sultanas, brown sugar, wine vinegar, cayenne pepper and salt.
  3. Put pickling spice and grated ginger in a piece of muslin and add to the chutney.
  4. Cover and leave for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove muslin bag.
  6. Put into sterilised jars.  Will keep for 2 years.

Serving tip:  Delicious with cheese and cold meats 

Rich Halloween Brack


227g/8 ozs raisins                                                       227g/8 ozs sultanas

10ml/2 level tsp. baking powder                                2.5ml/1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2pt/250ml cold tea, strained                                  5ml/1 tsp mixed spice

2 eggs, lightly beaten                                                 454g/1 lb plain flour

175g/6 ozs soft brown sugar                                      113g/4 oz. butter, melted

Pinch of salt                                                                113g/4 ozs mixed peel

Grated zest of 1 orange


Line a 20cm/ 8” tin with baking parchment paper

  1.  Place the raisins, sultanas and brown sugar into a saucepan.  Strain the cold tea and add to the mixture.
  2. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally, then allow to cool.  This may be allowed to stand overnight if wished
  3. To the cooled mixture, stir in the mixed peel, grated orange zest, melted butter and beaten eggs.
  4. Sieve flour, baking powder, spices and salt together.
  5. Gradually stir into the fruit mixture, making sure all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed
  6. Put mixture into prepared tin
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 1 ½/2 hrs.  when baked, the centre top of the brack should feel firm to touch
  8. Allow to cool in a tin.  Cut and serve buttered – delicious.

Marjorie`s Tip:

If wished, use a fruit tea instead of plain for added flavour.

Wrap a ring in double parchment paper – make sure to tell your guests. Drop the ring into the cake mixture at stage 5 once the ingredients are mixed together, 



284g /10 oz. Plain flour                                 

142g/5 oz. Butter

57g/2 oz. Icing Sugar                                     

75ml/5 tbsp. Water (approx.)                        


3 large cooking apples                                   

10g/1 dsp. Flour                                             

Juice of ½ Orange                                          

30-45ml /2-3 tbsp. Sugar                               

1.25ml/1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg or Cloves   


  1. Prepare pastry.  Sieve flour and icing sugar into a bowl.
  2. Cut the margarine in pieces, then rub in until mixture resembles breadcrumbs (or use a food processor).  Add enough water to bind together, knead lightly and chill for ½ hour
  3. Preheat oven to 200°C, 400°f or Gas 6.
  4. Grease 10”/26cm pie plate or sandwich tin.
  5. Divide the pastry unevenly in half.  Using the smaller piece, roll out and use to line the base of the

Plate or sandwich tin

 Peel, quarter and remove the core of the apples then chop into smaller pieces

  1. Place the apples, sugar, flour and nutmeg into a bowl and mix together
  2. Place apple mixture on the pastry base and sprinkle with the orange juice
  3. Brush the edge of the pastry with water and covert the fruit with the remaining pastry, press the edges together and decorate.  Cut 2 slits on top of pie.
  4. Bake in pre-heated oven for approx. 35 - 45 minutes until pastry is golden and apples are tender (test with a skewer in the slits).
  5. Sprinkle a little caster sugar over the top before serving.



227g/1/2 lb Shortcrust Pastry                                    

800g/1 ¾ lb Peeled Pumpkin                                     

Juice and finely grated zest of 1 orange                   

57g 2ozs Butter                                                          

86g / 3ozs soft brown sugar                                      

½ pt./10 fl. oz. Double Cream                                   

2.5ml / ½ tsp. ground ginger                                     

Serving Suggestion:                                                    

Delicious served warm, on its own or with cream or ice cream.


1. Preheat oven to 190°C, 375°f, Gas 5.

2. Line 23 cm/ 9” flan dish with pastry, score the base with a fork, bake blind for approx. 10 mins.

3. Place pumpkin flesh in a saucepan with orange juice, zest and butter

4. Cover the saucepan and cook over a very gentle heat until the pumpkin is soft, beat to a puree

5. Mix the pumpkin with the brown sugar, cream, beaten eggs and ginger.

6. Pour mixture into prepared pastry case.

7. Bake in preheated oven for approx. 40-45 minutes until the filling is just set.


Marjorie’s tip: Freeze leftover pumpkin flesh to use later in soups etc




Meat, Game, Poultry

Grouse, other Game Birds, Duck, Lamb, Goose, Chicken, Beef, Veal, Pork


Wild Salmon, Brown Trout, Sea Bass, Mussels, Oysters, John Dory, Swordfish, Brill, Halibut, Plaice, Lobster, Prawns


Onions, Broccoli, French Beans, Runner Beans, Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks, Parsnips, Watercress


Plums, Damsons, Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Rosehips, Sloes


Recipes this Month

Sophie’s Blackberry and Apple Crumble Muffins

Blackberry and Apple Jam

Bramley Apple Pudding

Blackberry Curd

Marjorie’s Kitchen

Sophie’s Blackberry and Apple Crumble Muffins  


340g / 12ozs Plain Flour

15ml / 1tbsp Baking Powder

Pinch of salt

170g / 6ozs Caster Sugar

210ml Milk                                                                                     Crumble topping:

1 Large Free Range Egg, Beaten

113g / 4ozs Butter, Melted                                                            15g / ½oz Butter, Soft

1 Large Lemon Zest, Finely Grated                                               28g / 1oz Flour

284g / 10ozs (1 Large) Bramley Apple                                        15g / ½oz Demerara Sugar

170g / 6ozs Blackberries                                                                ¼ tsp Cinnamon, Optional


1) Pre heat oven to 200°C / 180°F / Gas 6

2) Line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper muffin cases

3) First make the crumble topping

4) Sieve the flour and spice together, rub in the butter, then stir in the sugar and rub altogether to form small nuggets

5) To make muffins

    Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, then stir in the sugar

6) in another bowl beat the milk with the egg, melted butter and lemon zest.

7) Peel, core and quarter the apple, cut into small pieces

8) Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the blackberries and apple.

9) Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases, leaving a little space for the muffins to rise. Sprinkle over the crumble topping.

10) Bake in the preheated oven for approx. 20 – 25 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on a    wire tray.


Delicious served warm or cold


  • If wished add 28g / 1oz of chopped nuts to the crumble topping e.g. Walnuts or Pecan
  • These muffins, once cooked and cooled may be stored in the freezer for 3 months, open freeze, then place in freezer bags


Blackberry and Apple Jam 


908g / 2lb Blackberries

1.36kg / 3 lb Sugar (warm)

Knob of Butter

454g / 1 lb Apples

A little water


1) Wash, peel, core and chop the apples.

2) Wash blackberries in a colander or large sieve, shake well and pick over.

3) Place the blackberries and apples in a large preserving pan with a little water and stew gently over a low heat until soft.

4) Add the sugar and butter, stir until dissolved, then boil rapidly for 15 – 20 minutes until setting point is reached

5) Pot in sterilised jars, cover and seal.


Blackberry Curd

Ingredients (makes 5 lb):

1.8kg / 4lb Blackberries

1.8kg / 4lb Sugar

275ml / 10floz / ½ pt. water

227g / 8oz butter, melted

680g / 1 ½ lb Bramley Apples

Juice of 3 lemons

6 Eggs


1) Pick over the blackberries and rinse in colander under cold running water, dry off

2) Peel, core and dice the apples, place in a large saucepan with the blackberries and the water.  Simmer for approx. 20 minutes until fruit is soft.

3) Remove from the heat and press through a strainer / sieve with a wooden spoon.

4) Place the sieved fruit in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.

5) Melt the butter, beat the eggs lightly and stir into the sieved fruit with the lemon juice and sugar, stirring occasionally until the curd thickens or if wished place in a saucepan on the hob, over a gentle heat, stirring occasionally until the curd thickens.

6) Pour into sterilised jars, seal and label.

These delicious curds may be used as a filling in a sponge, on scones with cream, on bread, mix a few spoons into plain ice cream or in pastry cases topping with meringue etc. Once opened keep in refrigerator.


Bramley Apple Pudding 

Sponge pudding


227g / 8oz Self-Raising Flour

227g / 8oz butter, softened

4 large eggs

5ml / 1 tsp vanilla extract                                                     

Pinch of Salt

227g / 8oz castor sugar                         

15 – 30ml / 1 -2 tbsp. cold milk


908g / 2 lb Bramley cooking apples (680g / 1½ lb weight after cut)

170g – 227g / 6 – 8oz castor sugar (to taste)

To serve: fresh cream (whipped) or homemade vanilla custard


1) Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas 4

2) Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.

3) Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, adding 15ml / 1 tbsp of flour with each addition.

4) Fold in the remaining flour alternatively with the milk.

5) Peel, core and thinly slice the apples. Arrange in layers in a buttered ovenproof dish (or individual dishes) sprinkling sugar in between layers.

6) Pour the sponge mixture over the sliced apples.

7) Bake in the centre of a moderate oven for 45 – 60 minutes (or until a wooden cocktail stick, inserted into the centre comes out clean).

8) Cook until well risen and firm. Turn out onto a warm plate. Serve with fresh cream or vanilla custard and dust with icing sugar, top with a sprig of mint.

Alternatively use gooseberries, rhubarb, ginger and sliced strawberries, apple and blackberries, pears, plums or damsons.



Recipes this Month

Strawberry and Gooseberry Jam


Quiche Lorraine

Berry Cake

Marjorie’s Kitchen


Strawberry and Gooseberry Jam 


1kg ( about 2 ¼lb) strawberries

2kg ( about 4 ½lb) sure set sugar, or ½ + ½

1kg (about 2 ¼lb) gooseberries

About 150ml/ ¼ pint of water

Juice of 1 lemon 


  1. Top tail and wash the gooseberries and place in preserving pan with the water. Bring to the boil and simmer gently until soft.
  2. Hull and wash the strawberries and drain well, mash or crush ( a liquidiser may be used)
  3. Add to the soft gooseberries in pan, add lemon juice now. Add the sure set sugar and heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Bring to the boil and boil for 4 minutes.
  5. Pot immediately and cover in the usual way, label and date.




8 flour tortillas, Small jar of salsa or passata

284g/10 oz. cooked chicken or turkey, finely sliced, Grated cheddar cheese

1 bunch spring onions (trimmed and sliced), Flat-leaved parsley or coriander

Sunflower oil or light olive oil


  1. Lay 4 tortillas on a flat surface and spread each one with salsa or passata.
  2. Top with equal amounts of shredded chicken or turkey, grated cheese and spring onions.
  3. Scatter on some chopped flat-leaved parsley.
  4. Cover with another tortilla.
  5. Heat a heavy-bottomed frying pan and brush lightly with oil.
  6. Place a quesadilla onto the hot, oiled pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, until you see the cheese starting to melt.
  7. Turn over and cook the other side for about 2 minutes.
  8. Remove from the pan and repeat with the other 3 quesadillas.
  9. Cut each quesadilla into quarters or eights, and arrange attractively on a plate and serve with extra salsa for dipping

*Quesadillas, sometimes called tostadas, are quick and easy to make, try different fillings to suit your taste -

  • Spread with mango chutney instead of tomato salsa.
  • Spread with cranberry sauce and use brie instead of grated cheddar, spring onions and turkey.
  • Cream cheese, smoked salmon, dill, capers and a few thinly sliced slices of red onion.
  • Pesto, chicken and Swiss cheese.
  • Use sliced mushrooms, tomatoes and chopped chorizo. 


Quiche Lorraine

Ingredients for Pastry (rich)

170g plain flour, plus extra for dusting,

Pinch of salt

86g/ 3oz. unsalted butter (cubed, cold) plus extra for greasing                   

30ml/ 2 tbsp. cold water 

For the filling:

86g/ 3oz. white cheddar, grated                                                                   

4 vine tomatoes, sliced

198g/ 7oz. smoked rashers; (bacon) chopped                                               

5 free range eggs, beaten

Approx. 75ml/ 2.5 fl. oz. milk                                                                        

175 ml/ 6 fl. oz. cream (double)


Freshly ground black pepper

2 sprigs of fresh thyme 

Pre-heat the oven at 190OC/375oF/Gas 5


1. Make the pastry the usual way, then leave in the fridge for 30 minutes.

2. Roll out the pastry on a light floured surface and use to line a 19 cm/ 7 ½ inch well-buttered flan dish. Chill again.

3. Remove the pastry case from the fridge and line the base of the pastry with baking parchment paper and fill with baking beans. Place on a baking tray and bake blind for 20 minutes. Remove the beans and the parchment and return to the oven for another 5 minutes to cook the base.

4. Reduce the temperature of the oven to 160oC/325oF/Gas 3. Sprinkle the cheese into the pastry base and add the sliced tomatoes.

5. Fry the bacon pieces until crisp, drain on kitchen paper. Sprinkle them over the top of the cheese and tomato.

6. Whisk the eggs, milk and cream in a bowl and season well with salt and black pepper. Pour this liquid over the bacon and cheese.

7. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool and set further. If not already trimmed, trim the pastry edges to get a perfect edge and then serve in wedges.


Berry Cake


170g/6 oz. butter

227g/ 8 oz. blueberries, dessert gooseberries, raspberries or redcurrants

227g/8 oz. self-raising flour, sieved    

170g/ 6 oz. soft brown sugar

3 large eggs, beaten

Zest and juice of 1 orange 


1.Pre-heat oven to 180oC/ 350oF/Gas 4.

2. Grease and base line a 20cm/ 8” spring sided tin

3.Top and tail the berries in a bowl.

4.Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then gently mix in the eggs and flour alternatively. Fold in the orange zest, juice and lightly floured berries.

5. Place the mixture into the tin.

6. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 45 mins – 1 hour. Cool for a few minutes before un-moulding.  

*If wished, decorate with whole poached berries on top and dust with a little sieved icing sugar.

Serve this deliciously moist cake as a pudding while it is still warm or cold with whipped cream.

If wished, place half the cake mixture in the tin, then scatter over the chosen fruit and top with the remaining cake mixture.

*Marjorie’s Tip

Top and tail the fruit, if necessary. Rinse and dry the fruit.  Dust with flour to prevent the fruit from sinking. 



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