Days Out: Avondale House and Forest Park

Avondale House and Forest Park About an hour south of Dublin, just outside Rathdrum in County Wicklow lies Avondale House and Forest Park.  The first time I was ever there was on a school tour when I was in third class (aged 9), we visited the house which was the…

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Wild and Slow 2012 in Macreddin Village

Wild and Slow 2012 in Macreddin Village Last weekend I went up the windy Wicklow roads to Macreddin Village in Wicklow to briefly check out the Wild And Slow festival being held there. Now, the closest I’ve ever come to foraging is picking blackberries but I was curious to find…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Christmas

Christmas Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Christmas This time of year I just love spending time with the boys wandering around aisles full of toys and watching their reactions as they try them all out. Ciarán runs ahead, with Cathal in close pursuit, shouting “Mammy can we press the toys?”.…

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Beef and Chorizo Stew

Stew is the food of winter days, coming home from school and a big plate of it for dinner, with pools of butter in the mash, I can still taste it.  The key to a good stew I think is to cook it slowly so that the meat is really…

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Jelly “Pumpkins”

Every blog I see is full of fantastic Halloween recipes and treats these past weeks and I had lots planned in my head too, but a busy couple of weeks and a sick toddler meant that something had to give, so the recipes got parked. Jelly’s always a quick fix…

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Blueberry Pancakes

Pancakes are my absolute favourite breakfast, they remind me of my J1 summer in New York, of the weekend that my then boyfriend (now husband) brought me to Washington DC and I ordered them with strawberries, and of our honeymoon breakfast buffets in Rio where I’d smother them in fruit…

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No- Bake Marshmallow and Crunchie Cookies

Recently, I’ve become firstly aware and then intrigued by the Northern Irish traybake known as “Fifteens”. I have learned that they are called after their ingredients, 15 of each of digestive biscuits, marshmallows and glace cherries and 15g of dessicated coconut.  The pedant in me has previously voiced my discomfort…

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Gingerbread Cookies and Chaos in the Kitchen

Gingerbread Cookies and Chaos in the Kitchen I love baking, but while I am not a natural or instictive baker by any stretch of the imagination we do bake most weeks. Usually it’s flapjacks or maybe oatmeal cookies or fruity muffins, good healthy lunchbox treats. Recently I’ve become a fan…

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A Meal in Minutes: Quick Quesadillas

If you love authentic mexican food you should look away now, or better still check out Lily’s blog.  Right, for those of you who are still here and enjoy a tasty light meal that’s on the table in minutes read on. Today I had a lovely lunch with Julie, who has…

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