Not ‘Mincing’ My Words This Week…..

This was my 'back to work after the holidays' week. They're always difficult those weeks, as the memories fade so quickly once you're back in your usual routine that any attempt to hold on to them is like trying to catch smoke. Cooking foods you had while on holiday is always a good way to … Continue reading Not ‘Mincing’ My Words This Week…..

Taking a break (from everything but cooking)

Well, it's been quite a few weeks since my last posting thanks to holidays and stuff. I did think at one point that I might post while I was away, but chilled out mode kicked in almost instantly and the thought of typing seemed too much like work. Speaking of which, I'm back at work … Continue reading Taking a break (from everything but cooking)

Peaches, Prosecco, Parmesan and other Italian foods beginning with ‘P’

This month's Delicious Magazine is an Italian special and it's been well thumbed, referred to and splattered with sticky ingredients this week as I've tried out a number of the recipes in the name of research for my next Supper Club. It's Italian-themed (no kidding!) and will take place once again at The Whistle Stop … Continue reading Peaches, Prosecco, Parmesan and other Italian foods beginning with ‘P’

Back to basics – Italian style

It's been a quieter week on the food front compared with the last couple. No supper clubs, no cookery classes, but plenty of recipe reading and planning for the Italian night I am hoping to do in September. Despite owning a LOT of cookery books, it seems there's a dearth in the Italian department, so … Continue reading Back to basics – Italian style

Supper Club a la Mexicana

So, after many, many weeks of planning and preparations, the big night finally came on Saturday past. My first supper club (I did start out calling it a bistro night, but was warned off by the competition! A story for another time perhaps). I held it at The Whistle Stop Cafe in Whitehead, which is … Continue reading Supper Club a la Mexicana

London Calling…. and Thailand….. and Greece….

So how did you spend the hottest weekend of the year so far? I spent mine in two different London cookery schools learning to cook Thai and Greek. This was my 'big' birthday present. Two classes, flights, hotel and all the trimmings. Finding an available weekend to book a trip away is pretty tricky in … Continue reading London Calling…. and Thailand….. and Greece….

Mexican Night Preparations Part 2

So a couple of weeks ago I promised to come back and share more of the recipes that will feature in my first pop-up restaurant night later this month. It's less than two week away now and in the meantime, I have a trip to London this weekend to attend Jamie Oliver's Cookery School for … Continue reading Mexican Night Preparations Part 2

A Week of Feasting, Celebrations and New Toys

I didn't have much cooking to do at all this week, which was actually quite nice. I ate out. A lot. So I'll definitely need to do two diet days and not one in the week ahead. I've been on the 5:2 diet for a couple of years now to help me keep my weight … Continue reading A Week of Feasting, Celebrations and New Toys

Mexican Night Preparations Part 1

A couple of weeks ago I posted about a slow-cook chilli beef and a mojito inspired cheesecake I'd made and I hinted that the cheesecake in particular needed some tweaks and refinement. So, this weekend, as a practice run for my Mexican bistro night in June (which is now fully booked no less!), I made … Continue reading Mexican Night Preparations Part 1

Speedy Spicy Supper No.2

I've just returned from a lovely overnight stay at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle Co. Down. It was really lovely - relaxing and indulgent and with some really nice food thrown in. I had no camera with me and my phone is tragically bad for photos, so I have no pics of the yummy … Continue reading Speedy Spicy Supper No.2

Slow-Cook Weekend – Real Chilli Beef and Mojito-inspired Cheesecake

A local cafe has decided to take a punt and allow me to run my very first 'bistro' night there in a few weeks. Big thank you to Tracy at the Whistlestop Cafe in Whitehead and to my neighbour Maeve who is partnering with me in this venture! Ever since Tracy agreed, I've been mulling … Continue reading Slow-Cook Weekend – Real Chilli Beef and Mojito-inspired Cheesecake

Rescue Plan for a Stale Tiger Loaf

Pretty much every weekend I buy a loaf of Tiger Bread from my local supermarket giant. It generally doesn't last too long with two teenage boys around who think any slice thinner than the Oxford English Dictionary is a sign that rationing's been brought back into force. If, however we get to Sunday morning and … Continue reading Rescue Plan for a Stale Tiger Loaf