Escape to Italy

Escape to Italy 4 nights in Sorrento followed by 2 nights in Rome made for the perfect Autumn break. Temperatures hovered around 22 degrees and the rain stayed away. Day 1 Arriving into Rome from Dublin around 11am on 15th October, we picked up our hire car and were on the road towards Napoli by…

It’s my birthday {vote for me and I’ll tell you my age}

Yesterday, the 7th of September, was my birthday and I am now 47! It was also the day that the Irish Blog Awards opened up to Public Voting and I would love it if you would vote for Gimme The Recipe to reach the finals of this year’s awards. Apparently a true lady never reveals her age…

Gimme The Recipe 2 – The Photoshoot

It’s been a busy week chez Kiely with the photoshoot for Gimme the Recipe 2 taking place from Sunday through Wednesday. 4 intense, whirlwind days have just whizzed by. It’s been an amazing experience to work with a professional food stylist (Jette Virdi), photographer (Marta Miklinkska) and graphic designer (Sarah O’Flaherty) while I did the cooking….

Best Scone in Ireland 2014

They came from all over the country and they’d been up since cock-crow, some even before.  Busily baking scones they had been, and adding final touches, carefully selecting baskets perhaps & some deftly dusting with icing sugar.  One baker in fact I believe had made four batches before deciding which scones to send. Some sent a selection of…

Sugar & Spice

There’s a competition on the horizon called ‘Sugar and Spice and all things nice’ but unlike most competitions that you will find being trumpeted on food blogs this is not one whose ultimate goal is commercial / brand awareness / promotion of products etc. this one is for The Hope Foundation Charity. The competition is…

Irish Food Festivals – September 2012

My fantasy year would be to have nothing to do but to flit from one Irish Food Festival to the next but even then there is so much going on you may even miss one or two.  As you can see from the list below there’s plenty happening in this harvest month of September and…

Asti, Rapallo & Portofino (Sacla Blogger Trip 2012)

 As a guest of Sacla I expected to see basil growing in the fields and to taste some really good food, what I didn’t expect was to feel like I was a VIP on holidays.A group of 9 Irish based food writers, bloggers and journalists embarked on what – for me anyway – was a…

Fabulous Food Trails Cork

There are no words to be searched for – Fabulous sums it up perfectly and the photographs here will hopefully speak for themselves.  Our relaxed and friendly guide Alice of Fabulous Food Trails, gathered her brood together at The English Market last Saturday morning and we set of on a casually meandering food trail of central…

Salad Days (….return of the butterhead)

Finalmente! A new post.  That word of Italian was one of the many gleaned from a beginner’s course that I’ve taken over the past year and it culminated in an exam last week so cramming was required hence the void in cyberspace that a blog post should have filled. (What do you mean you hadn’t…

Dine in the Dark

As you may be aware I usually write about food that I’ve eaten or discovered and from time to time the odd food related event that I have enjoyed.  This time around I’m putting up some information on a very worthwhile event that you may be interested in attending yourself if you are visiting Taste…

Sunday Lunch at The Mill Restaurant Blarney

A lot has changed at The Mill Restaurant Blarney over the last 12 months.  They’ve overseen a major redesign to create a bright and airy space that beams a huge welcome to all visitors.  What was once and still is a resting spot for many a foreign tourist in search of an Aran jumper is…