Dinner at Clontarf Castle

Clontarf Castle Hotel has recently been given a makeover. The 12th century castle, nestled in a leafy northside suburb of Dublin, has been sensitively refurbished with contemporary, boutique style interiors. They have managed a modern twist on contemporary elegance while managing to retain the classical and historical ambience of this 12th century residence. It is … Continue reading

Glenlo Abbey – one for the Bucket List

Just two miles outside Galway’s city centre you will find Glenlo Abbey Hotel. Nestled in a neatly manicured golf course, this 5 star hotel invites you in with open fires and a warm welcoming smile. Of course you will find all of the luxuries one might expect from a 5 star establishment, but only Glenlo … Continue reading

Snapchat all the way…

It’s been one of those weeks where, as they say, “Ive been meetin meself comin backwards”. I did snapchat my way through this week though.  Snapchat, if you don’t know, is an app downloadable on smart phones and it’s my current favourite in my social media toolkit.  Basically I can record little ten second snaps of … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea at Killashee..

It’s been a while since I have had the pleasure of enjoying afternoon tea at Killashee House Hotel, but having visited again recently, let me just say I won’t be leaving it as long before I visit again.  The food continues to be excellent, but it’s the other changes that have taken place since my … Continue reading

Easter Eggs from Marks & Spencer

With all the writing I’m doing at the moment, I had forgotten that Easter was almost upon us.  But you can’t beat a chocolatey reminder – especially if it’s from Marks & Spencer, and comes in the form of an Irish easter egg.  I was really delighted to discover that Lir easter eggs (which are made in Co … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea: The G Hotel

I must say I was delighted to get an invite from the G Hotel recently to come sample their afternoon tea.  I had never visited the hotel and I must admit I was very curious to see the Philip Treacy designed establishment.  What with writing my new books and looking after a family, I didn’t … Continue reading

Competition Time!

This year  I am delighted to be teaming up with Hugh Jordan & Co, an Irish owned catering equipment company serving the nation’s hospitality industry since 1947.  Hugh Jordan & Co now caters for us home cooks with a wide range of industry standard equipment that is suitable for domestic use.  You can see their … Continue reading

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

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