Sunday Lunch – a family tradition

I like a bit of tradition me.  I believe that creating memories for my children just like my parents and grandparents did for me, is really very important.  Regular readers will know from this past year that my love of afternoon tea stemmed from a tradition of tea and cream cakes with my grandmother Stella.  Afternoon … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea at House

Afternoon Tea at House I have been reviewing afternoon teas for quite a while now and one of the questions I’m most asked is “is there a more savoury afternoon tea?” Up to now I’ve been saying that the bottom tier of savouries is your lot when it comes to afternoon tea – but I’ve … Continue reading

Competition Time – Win Afternoon Tea For Two!

I’m finished.  Done.  The End.  Six Freddy Buttons Books gone to the printers.  The illustrations, text, covers, editing, barcodes; the reading and the re-reading, remaking the recipes, rechecking the facts again and again and again.  It’s. All. Done. Time for a rest?  No way!  Not when you have a Freddy Buttons Garden, sponsored by Glenisk, … Continue reading

Spring is in the air…

“There’s a grand stretch in the evenings”  You’ve been hearing this right?  Or maybe even saying it?  I must admit “the grand stretch” is one of my favourite things – ever.  And why wouldn’t it be when it coincides with so many of nature’s magical moments.  It heralds the arrival of the flower that was … 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

Afternoon Tea at The Morrison Hotel

I am not a shopper.  In fact, it’s fair to say I hate shopping unless I’m buying food or browsing through market stalls in the freezing cold. No thank you very  much – crowded, stuffy shops filled with clothes that will be “so last year” before next year, ain’t my cup of tea (my daughters totally … 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

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

Imperfect Me and my Afternoon Tea

I have noticed since “Food from an Irish Garden” was published almost a year ago, that at more and more events I attend, people increasingly feel the need to justify what they eat to me.  Be it a private get together, an event at which I’m a guest or even a demonstration, people feel they have … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea at Killashee

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour devoted to the ceremony known as  afternoon tea” Henry James I always need to devote a lot more than an hour to afternoon tea.  The ritual of savoury followed by sweet accompanied by a lovely pot of tea lends itself to great conversation and time just flies.. … Continue reading