24 May

Northern Lights in Dublin

This is a super quick post, I literally just took this shot only 10 minutes ago and I want to go to bed! Read More

14 May

Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park Review

Yesterday I told you all about how we got on when we travelled with Stena Line to Wales and today I’m going to give Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park a review.

Confession time. Before this trip, I’d never actually stayed overnight in a holiday park.  Hands up. Who remembers Butlins? While I was a regular visitor in my childhood, with a family member who lived close by we never got to stay over so I really didn’t know what to expect at Hafan Y Mor. Read More

13 May

Stena Line With A Family

Last weekend (the May Bank Holiday) I was offered the chance to travel to Holyhead with Stena Line. Would you believe that I had never had the pleasure of taking any decent sized ferry to the UK before? Nevermind travelling Stena Line with a family! Read More

11 Apr

Cookbook Addiction

It’s no secret that I’ve been car booting for years. When I was a little more flush and had different ideas of what direction my photography would take I collected vintage kitchen equipment.  There are now 2 large boxes of this stuff crammed in the bottom of my larder that I rarely use.  Since I pared back my food pictures, I started collecting cookbooks. Read More

10 Apr

Tayto Chocolate – The Verdict

Okay it’s here. Tayto sent me 2 bars in the post yesterday, and they have just arrived in the letterbox.  It’s about time therefore that I gave you “Tayto Chocolate – The Verdict”.

I feel I owe it to you readers.

We all know who made the first Real Chocolate Tayto. If you have been living under a rock since January just click that link. Read More

14 Dec

Review: Martin & Paul’s Surf ‘n’ Turf

Book Review 1Stuck for a last minute present for a foodie? Looking for a book that captures modern Irish cooking and a sense of place? Then my book review for the 3rd day of my 12 days of Christmas series may be for you. Read More

01 Oct

Review: Kitchin Suppers by Tom Kitchin

Published on 13 September 2012, Tom Kitchin’s book is published by Quadrille Press, this is my review and I tested one of his recipes from the book; pretzels.

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19 Aug

Review: Bon Appetit Malahide

Last Wednesday evening I joined a group of fellow food bloggers for a meal at Bon Appetit, Malahide as guests of Oliver Dunne. It was a lovely mid-week treat and for me a very welcome way of relaxing after a stressful few weeks.

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03 Aug

Bloom 2012

A compilation of a few of my best photographs from Bloom 2012 along with a little commentary.

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13 May

Review: Il Valentino

This day last week I joined a small group of Irish Food Bloggers on a visit to the Il Valentino Continental Bakery on the Grand Canal Docks in Dublin organised by fellow blogger, Clare from An American in Ireland.
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24 Feb


Heart Children Ireland is an entirely volunteer run organisation who aim to provide supports in Ireland for all who are affected by a congential heart defect. Just one short sentence that makes the world of difference to families who receive a diagnosis or are on the road to receiving a diagnosis of a heart defect.  Late last year we were blessed with the arrival of our youngest son. At a routine check up we were told that he had a hole in his heart which was causing a heart murmur. From the day of that examination we began to have an understanding of the work that Heart Children Ireland do.

So when Lily aka A Mexican Cook in Ireland sent a shout out for volunteers to review a charity cookbook in aid of this great charity I knew that I would like to be involved. “A Taste of Certus” packs a rake of tried and tested recipes from the staff at Certus who adopted the charity under their 2011 corporate social responsibility project into an A5, spiral bound cookbook. Can I just say, I love spiral bound cookbooks.  That was a pure genius design choice, one of my little bugbears when cooking is having to weigh down pages and hold them open. None of that here.  There is a fantastic page of weights & measurements to the front, including American cup measures which is extremely handy no matter what the recipe or book. The book is then divided into the courses of a meal and also includes a baking section, a Christmas recipe section and some wine recommendations.

What I like about this book is that many of the recipes have unusual flavours gathered from different countries but each and every one of them are easily tackled by the homecook and beginners. I tried out the Flapjack recipe contributed by Anna Quinn. Flapjacks were one of the first items I cooked as a child for my Brownie cookery badge (showing my age) and I have great memories of baking them in the past.  I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of making them with my own children until now but I won’t be neglecting to make them again.

The book is on sale for 10 euro and can be ordered by contacting Heart Children Ireland at heartchildren@eircom.net or by phone on 1850 217 017. Heart Children will place the order with Certus and they ship the book. All the proceeds go directly to the charity.
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