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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.

Inch Beach

Our trip had to be quick owing to sporting commitments but it’s amazing what you can achieve in 24 hours.

First up was lunch in Killarney and Cafe du Parc will now be one of my go-tos for food, service and location.  Set in the Killarney Plaza Hotel you are in the heart of the town and we had seats beside the window where you could watch the horse-drawn jaunting cars go by.   Food was delicious and speedily delivered by very friendly and efficient staff.  The pictures will speak for themselves.

Killarney Plaza Hotel
Cafe du Parc
Cafe du Parc
Cafe du Parc
Cafe du Parc
Cafe du Parc

Onwards then to Inch Beach (if you choose to drive on it, do not go too far or you may end up having to be rescued by a tractor – but that’s another story!).  A vast and spectacular beach you simply have to stop there every time you pass it.  A short drive from Inch brings you to the cosy village of Annascaul.  Ancestral home of the Antarctic explorer Tom Crean a visit to the South Pole Inn was next on the list.  A wonderful ambience awaits you here and in our other watering hole Patcheen’s an equal welcome.  Good food is provided in both.

Some of our party stayed in a large air b&b house and I stayed in The Old Anchor B&B which was scrupulously clean and comfortable.

Annascaul has a touristy, welcoming vibe but without the noisy bustle of close-by Dingle.  For a more relaxed Kerry break I recommend it.

Sheila.

 

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Crispy Lardon & Mozzarella topped baked potatoes for a Simple Supper

Tasty, Easy and Very Affordable here’s a simple supper idea.  Here’s another dinner idea told mostly in pictures.

Crispy Lardon & Mozzarella topped baked potatoes for a Simple Supper

You will need:
Potatoes for baking
Bacon lardons
Onions
Some oil
Dried basil
Mozzarella ball
Iceberg lettuce
Plum tomatoes
Mini mozzarella balls
Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

Method:
STEP 1 – Put potatoes on to bake in hot oven (takes 40mins to 1 hour depending on size)
10 minutes before the potatoes are fully cooked do the following :

Fry up the lardons – 5 mins approx.

add diced onion and a little oil to the pan of lardons – cook 5 mins more

add basil – i used 1 tbsp

Remove almost cooked potatoes from oven

 

Cut the potatoes in half

 

 

 

top with the bacon and onion mixture

 

Tear apart a ball of mozzarella

 

 

Hot Oven for 5 more mins to melt mozzarella