♥ Apple and Salted Caramel Tart Fine ♥


Last Friday was the February Irish Foodies cookalong and of course the theme this  month had to be Food for Romance/Loved Ones.   This was a perfect excuse to make what is fast becoming one of our favourite desserts in this house – a very tasty little tart that I first saw on Gordon Ramsay’s F Word.  I tweaked it […]

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Basil Pesto


For a super fast, pocket-friendly, simple lunch or supper you can’t beat a bowl of pasta covered in a fabulously fresh pesto.  I also love pesto mixed with diced chicken breast for sandwiches or salads.  This is a such a quick recipe and can be easily adapted using more parmesan or more garlic or basil to suit your preference.

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British Seasonal Food by Mark Hix


I first became aware of Mark Hix in 2007 when he appeared on season two of The Great British Menu.  He stood out to me as he seemed so quietly confident in the simplicity of his food whilst some of his competitors faffed furiously with elaborate creations – he was obviously very passionate about using superb local produce and happy to […]

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News: Bridgestone Guides and Eat Magazine

I was most pleased to receive the excellent Bridgestone Guides to 100 Best Restaurants and 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland for 2011.  I am looking forward to having a nice hot bath this evening and a good look through – especially the Best Places to Stay as I would really like to get in […]

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Around the web in 20 clicks…

Firstly I must apologise for the lack of posts lately – I had great intentions for December but then the untimely demise of my camera coupled with year-end preparations got the better of me.  I hope you all had a wonderful break and 2011 brings you peace and happiness. In October last year the fabulous English Mum put […]

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Kicking Off Christmas

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  Now our feet are firmly planted in December I can safely talk about Christmas, my absolute favourite time of the year.  I love all of the planning and anticipation that goes hand in hand with preparing for the Big Day and I thought I would share with you some of my recommendations to get the festive preparations underway.

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Beef & Guinness Pie

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When the Irish Foodies decided upon a Winter Warmer theme for the November cookalong I was delighted – one of my favourite things about winter is the comfort food that warms the cockles on cold dark days. It was quite hard for me to pick just one recipe and I must have changed my mind at […]

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Lemon Drizzle Loaf

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One of the first things that caught my eye in Bill Grangers’ new book was this recipe for Lemon Drizzle Loaf.   I have a deep love for lemon desserts and cakes – fresh tart lemon mixed with sugar usually results in something wonderfully zingy and shebet-like.  Add to this the bright sunny colour of this cake thanks to the addition of […]

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Bill’s Basics by Bill Granger (Quadrille Publishing)

  Let me start by way of a confession…. I have never cooked from a Bill Granger recipe.  I have no idea why but for some very strange reason I have overlooked his books when adding to my ever growing collection.  So I was really delighted to receive a copy of Bill’s Basics from Quadrille Publishing in the […]

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Itsa Cookbook by Domini Kemp (Gill & Macmillan)

When I worked in Dublin I considered myself quite lucky to be located a quick stroll away from Itsa Bagel as it was one of my favourite places to pick up lunch.  Apart from their very tasty bagels they always had at least two tasty and wholesome soups on offer (the lentil and vegetable appears to be one of their […]

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