I’m delighted to have been involved in the launch of the Taste of Cavan. It is going from strength to strength, and is now a great August fixture. And another one on my list is Savour Kilkenny over the August bank holiday. I always enjoy these events and people put so much work into making them a success. I love meeting the producers.

Today I’ve got some easy weekend baking for you. These pecan and maple muffins are a treat any time. The pecan is a nice soft nut. When toasted, it goes well with ice cream. You could also use either walnuts or hazel nuts in this recipe. Cinnamon is a good spice to have in your cupboard. It is great with apple crumble. Try not to over mix, as it makes the muffins a little tough or chewy. And the rapeseed oil will keep them nice and moist. I had these custard pastry tarts in Portugal. They are light and perfect when served warm with a good, strong cup of coffee.