Afternoon Tea at The Shelbourne Hotel

Where better to enjoy a festive afternoon tea but at the iconic Shelbourne Hotel  in our capital city.  I met with four fellow foodie friends early in December to catch up and relax in the lovely surroundings of the Shelbourne’s  Lord Mayors Lounge .  To the sounds of a classical pianist playing away in the background, … Continue reading

Vertigo – My Christmas Surprise

I was starting to feel a teensy weensy bit smug.  For the first time in over twenty years I was revelling in a completely stress-free run up to Christmas. Five days to Christmas –  all the presents were under the tree. Four days to Christmas  – fridge full, ironing done and I spent the day playing hookie … Continue reading

Brunch – The Fiona Dillon Way

I thrive on chaos – on last minute plans – on spur of the moment get togethers.  Take last weekend for example.  My parents were visiting on Saturday and I was cooking for six of us (Mum, Dad, Eamonn, Ellie and Ruth).  Easy peasy and perfectly civilised.  I was at the shops at 8.30 on … Continue reading

Christmas Canapés

This year I have been to several cookery courses in the demo kitchen of  Hey Pesto! in Tullamore.  Here, proprietor Yvonne Carty, runs a boutique catering company specialising in canapes, so who better to ask for some Christmas Canapé recipes? Over to you Yvonne….. I make a lot of canapés – both for business and … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Cooks Academy

Have you all your Christmas presents bought, wrapped and waiting to be distributed?  No?  Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to get sorted.  I particularly love when I can buy a gift online while still supporting an Irish business. I’m not lazy, but I hate crowds and the lunacy of carparks in the run-up … Continue reading