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Scrumptious scones

I don’t often post recipes on this blog but I’m making an exception for this one. This week has seen 3 of children rebel as they are sick of sandwiches in their school lunchbox every day. Coincidentally last week my sister in law mentioned she had just eaten some delicious scones so I decided to [...]

Never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink

Via Springwise: I kinda like this idea from Acadamie Wines, a Californian Wine producer. They offer 4 different blends of wine in 375ml bottles to suit cooking with different types of food. Never again would you have to reach for old, stale, leftover wine whilst creating your culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. These would be [...]

Top notch service in Clonakilty’s Aubergine Cafe

Last Saturday, myself, Oisín and Sibéal headed to Clonakilty for a few hours. We were on a mission to get knitting needles and wool for Sibéal and a new book for Oisín. Whilst there, it started to rain and the kids declared they were hungry so we decided to have lunch in the Aubergine Cafe. [...]

Mince Pie Magic

One of the many reasons why my mother in law, Rose, rocks. Top notch mince pies. Tastastic.

Food Glorious Food

Yesterday myself and my 2 youngest decided to head to Hosfords garden centre after spending a lovely sunny morning attempting to sort out a part of our now junglelike garden. I really like Hosfords. Its very child friendly. The kids love having a gawk at the birds and wallaby out front and the playground at [...]

Crafty Cafe

On the last trip to Cavan, a couple of weeks ago I decided to stop in Ballinahown. It was possibly a bit foolhardy of me that I decided that the best place for myself and 4 of my kids to eat lunch would be in its Craft Cafe. Its located in the centre of the [...]

1,2, 3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive….

We headed to Deasy’s in Ring last night for an early celebration of Conor’s birthday which is mid week next week. It had been a while since our last visit which we had enjoyed so we were both looking forward to it. We arrived at 7pm and luckily managed to get a parking spot right [...]

This week I have been mostly eating….

Brrr, its been cold so I’ve resurrected this recipe and am loving it this week. I appreciate recipes that are quick and easy to carry out and this one definitely fits the bill. Red Lentil Soup Ingredients: 1 onion 1 carrot 1 celery stick Couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil 1 clove of garlic 1 [...]

Masterchef Finale

This is the Masterchef I want to see. Forget the amateurs and the celebrities, I don’t want to see mediocre cheffing, I want to see professionals who have passion for food, talent for cooking and can inspire me. This short series came to a close last night with Derek from Scotland the deserved winner. From [...]

Hanging out with Oisín

Today myself and Oisín had a day out to ourselves. It was very enjoyable as he’s a highly entertaining fellow and was in top chatty form.  We ambled about Cork city centre and inevitably visited O’Conaill’s Chocolate shop on French church Street. As I’ve mentioned before this place is a chocolate lover’s heaven. This time [...]

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