Category 'Blog'


Best Mince Pie Pastry

Best Mince Pie Pastry   The Present wrapping session in this house always starts with mince pies, a lovely turf fire and some soulful tunes. I have, in previous years always been more interested in the mince pies and less in the wrapping resulting in countless layers of bad wrapping paper bunched together with rolls […]


Festive Brunch

Preparations are under way for Christmas Day, our is turkey being reared and fattened by Farmette in Co. Limerick where I know it is receiving tender loving care in preparation for it’s ultimate sacrifice. We will have a table full of family this year and discussions are under way as to what to have for […]


Squash and Bog Myrtle soup

                                                                              At the end of October we held a Food styling and photography workshop in Connemara at Ballynahinch Castle. The brainchild of Imen McDonnell of this Lens & Larder workshop (#lensandlarder on instagram) brought renowned names from Food Styling & Photography from the USA to Connemara to share the secrets of their art with […]


My dirty little cookbook

Pages stained with grease, wine glass marks, bits of herbs dried in the folds, numbers stuck with treacle and bookmark ribbons frayed. These are the books I love. These are the books that have worked hard, where the recipes have become your own. I opened one of my favourite cookbooks yesterday to make a special […]


Hegde School Galette – Blackberry and Apple

I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully, to wash blackberry stains off my hands almost every day this month, its September, my favourite month.  The weather has been amazing, days have been filled with bright yellow sunshine and evenings with deep red sun sets. We have been brining back buckets full of blackberries  almost every day and along […]


Me and Rowely Leigh

  I had the pleasure again this year to attend the Ballymaloe Literary festival in May. Driving down to Shanagarry in Cork I was thinking that there was no way it could top last year, as the first of any great event usually is the best and repeating it can be a real challenge. Last […]


Hard to Beet a Healthy Salad

Jake, Iseult, Milo and I had a fantastic cheese tasting with Seamus at Sheridans cheesemongers in Galway for the Breaking Eggs Programme earlier this month. We were gently introducing kids to farmhouse cheeses and picking out a few mild cheeses for them to get started on The one we all loved was a hard goats […]


Potted Smoked Mackerel

                                            The handiest little bowl of deliciousness in the fridge over Christmas.     The Connemara Smoke House does a particularly good smoked mackerel. Caught off our coast, smoked locally, no air miles involved, eco-friendly eating!   But that’s not the only reason I use it, I’m sharing this recipe with you is because […]


Warm Autumn Salad

There is something about that place… I recently had the enormous pleasure of going out to Inisbofin Island off the west coast for their first food festival “Bia Bofinne”. With great events such as shoreline foraging, fish filleting, butchery & chowder making, it was bound for success. Events held in people’s houses such as a […]


Blackberry Butter

  September is my favourite month, always has been. I love the sense of calm about September. After a hectic summer, September seems to bring a certain order to it. (Its also my birthday in September, maybe that has something to do with it!) Just as we bid good-bye to all the light summery vegetables, […]