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One Woman's Journey through Her Cookbooks

Pimm’s Fruit Salad and a Gathering

This year sees me celebrating my 49th birthday and not wanting to celebrate my 50th, I decided to hold a party. There’s nothing like seeing out your forties while you’re … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Masterchef Ireland Returns!!

Masterchef Ireland is returning for a third series!  Wahoo!!  With a grand prize of €25,000, applications are now being sought by RTE for the next amazing amateur chef in Ireland.  … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harry Eastwood’s Persian Salad of Tomato, Pomegranate and Cucumber – Review

Well guys, I’m getting old.  In the middle of July I’ll be celebrating my 49th birthday and I’m throwing a party – Wahoo!  I’ve decided to go all girly and … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Lengthy Kitchen Revamp on a Budget

It’s been a while since I posted on the blog but I did have good reason people!  We’ve been updating our kitchen ourselves on a strict budget over the past … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 7 Comments

Scones that are simply the best

I was very lucky when I first started working to enjoy the company of some wonderfully entertaining if not rather eccentric people. I always fancied being a bit eccentric myself … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 10 Comments

Bill Granger’s Honey & Lemon Chicken Wings

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. As only a few of you know, my eldest has Asperger’s Syndrome and I’m very, very proud of him and his achievements. He’s a … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · 10 Comments

Wine Review: Jean Foillard Morgon “Côte du Py” 2010

For those of you who like wine and are based in New York, my cousin Mark who trained in wine with the WSET and the American Sommelier Association has a … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Simple Farmer’s Soup

Hubby was working from home and I had quite a few jobs to do myself meaning that I had very little time to pull lunch together. So on the menu … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Quest for the Perfect Madeleine

I’ve always liked the look of madeleines. The distinctive shell shaped sponge is so appealing that ever since I saw them in my first cookbook, I’ve meant to give them … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 4 Comments

Chicken Liver Pâté – The Best I’ve Made So Far!

I love chicken liver pâté!  I love a smooth rich pâté, spread thickly onto toast, crackers, even direct from the knife!  I could eat it ’til the cows come home!   … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 4 Comments

Roasted Root Veg and Chili Soup {with tips for the best Roast Chicken ever!!!}

There’s one thing I like and that’s lazy Sundays of doing absolutely nothing other than going for a walk, drinking coffee and reading the newspapers. This Sunday found me with … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Review: Ripailles by Stéphane Reynaud {plus a Smoked Salmon Omelette}

Yesterday I took delivery of some new cookbooks! Like a child, I spent the day pouring through them instead of ironing.  No contest there!  One of them is Ripailles by … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

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