Kerry Again! Eat in Killarney, Stay in Annascaul.

A recent family celebration saw us foray over the county bounds yet again and  enter the Kingdom of Kerry.  I’ve been on so many trips there of late I’ve lost count.  And again she was glowing in her splendour. Our trip had to be quick owing to sporting commitments but it’s amazing what you can…

Parknasilla is Fabulous

Kerry again.  Just wow!  At the beginning of the month it was a trip to Dingle and last weekend I enjoyed another stay in the Kingdom of Kerry, this time at Parknasilla.  There’s a family of politicians that hale from that part of the country – the ‘Healy Rae’s’ and as we drove through Kilgarvan…

Dine in Dingle

Ireland is beautiful everyday and as I write she is bathing in sunshine and all the better for it.  West Cork is one of my favourite corners, a place to which I regularly escape when I can.  I find calm there.  Kerry though. Kerry is very special. She is magic. A couple of weeks ago…

Barcelona

I spent a blissful couple of nights on a midweek break to Barcelona recently and I shall return. Again and again and again. It was my second trip there, though I don’t think my first can be counted. On that trip I do remember a visit to the Nou Camp, a fabulous meal by the…

Christmas Dinner – A Plan

Christmas Dinner – Turkey Dinner Planner Note: This is from my first recipe book : ‘Gimme the Recipe’ and is aimed at the novice who just wants to HAVE A Plan TO get a simple, tasty Christmas Dinner on the table. As one of the most anticipated meals of the year, a little bit of…

Apple and Blackberry Pudding

Pudding.  There’s something about that word that conjures up comfort.  Something you’ll be hankering as Autumn envelops you bringing darker evenings, cooler air and while you sleep a sprinkling of frost may even be dusting your doorstep.  I can’t get enough of apple in desserts at this time of year; crumbles, tarts and yes oh…

Berbere Baked Chicken

Sunday morning, he took two of the lads to football training and I jumped out of bed knowing that food had to be got for their return and a decent dinner made as the twin girls had a football match later in the afternoon.  No ordinary football match – a Senior County Final and a…

Breakfast Muffins

Apple & Raisin Wholemeal Breakfast Muffins Look at that.  You can see those chunks of apple peaking out at you can’t you?  Now is the time.  Autumn is here full of its ‘mellow fruitfulness’ and none so mellow as those wind-fallen apples currently waiting to be gathered – but hurry they won’t hang around for…

Moroccan Meatballs

Moroccan Meatballs So why would I call this meatball dish Moroccan then?  When I cook with lamb and spices like cumin and cinnamon I think of Middle Eastern or North African cooking so there you have it, the simple explanation is that it just makes me think of Morocco or Moroccan cooking.  Though I’ve never…

One Tray Fish Bake. A simple fish supper.

I have to share today’s triumph with you and YOU have to make it. I’m not commanding you, I’m simply imploring, I’m pleading because it is so simple and so tasty that I don’t want to be the only person in the world who has made this. Share this with me. Please. You will know…

Oreo, Lemon & Raspberry Cheesecake

Oreo, Lemon & Raspberry Cheesecake. Something to celebrate? This year has been ridiculously good in terms of things to celebrate for me personally. Speaking as a now wise woman who has just turned 50 I feel like I’m sage enough to dispense some advice. Celebrate everything. If you have two feet under you and the…

Chilli Con Carne

With three of my kids studying away from home this year I’m cooking with them in mind lately at home too.  This means that what I’m sharing on my Instagram feed may give them some ideas that are simple, tasty and easy should they take the figary to chop an onion.  Chilli Con Carne is…