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One Woman's Journey through Her Cookbooks

Review: A Year at Avoca, a Cookbook + Lebanese Couscous Salad with Pomegranate and Mint!

It’s just over a week since we spent a lovely evening with friends here at home.  As you know, I love a gathering – sharing stories, sharing food, making memories. … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Christmas Entertaining with Glenisk + Dark Chocolate and Lemon Mousse with Chocolate Chip Crème Fraîche

Christmas can be a daunting time with so much to buy and make and do {I know of some families who completely redecorate for the festive season but that’s one … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nutella Crostata – A Hell of a Tart {more like a NIGHTMARE!}

Have you ever had a day where you just can’t believe how stupid you’ve been, that you ought to know better and that you feel a complete fool?  Well, I … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 9 Comments

Apple, Pear & Plum Chutney

We’re quite lucky to have a lovely pear tree in our garden.  I bought it some years ago now in Lidl for what was next to nothing but stupidly never … Continue reading

November 4, 2013 · 4 Comments

Richard Bertinet’s Almond Croissants – yum, yum, YUM!

Is there anything better than a warm, buttery croissant first thing in the morning with a decent cup of coffee?  Well, actually there is!  It’s an almond croissant soaked in … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 8 Comments

Stuffed Aubergine with Lamb and Pine Nuts

I was quite delighted when I recently received a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem as a present for my birthday as I’m completely taken with it.  For … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · 5 Comments

Recipe Review: Pot Roasted Chicken with Olives and Tomatoes

I love when I get my hands on a new cookbook to see what recipes jump out at me and there were so many in Françoise Bernard’s La Cuisine: Everyday … Continue reading

September 5, 2013 · 4 Comments

Monkfish and Chorizo Skewers

A recent visit to Dublin city brought me the opportunity to visit my favourite bookshop of all time, Hodges Figgis (part of Waterstones).  I absolutely adore this store and frequented … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Scrummy Lemon Cheesecake

Yesterday was to be Lemon Cheesecake Day! Why? Well who needs an excuse but if you do, getting nominated for the Blog Awards Ireland 2013 is mine and that needs … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · 14 Comments

Speedy Spicy Caramelised Red Onion and Chilli Chutney

Following on from the Caramelised Onion Chutney that I recently made, I decided to give it another go but this time using red onions.  The first batch was absolutely fine … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Puglian-Style Beef Casserole

Last week turned out be a bit of a washout.  Not in terms of the weather but in terms of my health.  Monday evening saw me feeling the chills in … Continue reading

August 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

Melting Moments for Tough Times

Here is a wonderful recipe from the Patterned Plate for lemon cookies sandwiched with lemon curd and coconut cream. Enjoy! Xx

July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

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