How about this for a bit on the side?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow that we are getting into finer weather, longish evenings and the prospect of summer ahead it makes me think of bbq food. Last week I had a phone call from a friend. She was having 17 people to lunch and was wondering if I had any ideas of how she was going to cope with just one oven and a mini hoard to feed. Continue reading

I love to shop.

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From reading this blog one would most definitely be forgiven for thinking that I only love to shop on line. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s true that I have bought a large amount of things on line but I am also of the opinion that you simply cannot beat a real life shopping experience. So whether it’s shopping for food or for household items or presents I think we should all savour the experience and reward our shopkeepers who are keeping our towns and villages alive. So, from now on I will be doing a regular blog featuring places I enjoy shopping. You will have to forgive me as I live in Dublin and so will feature more from the Pale than elsewhere but as I travel around from time to time I promise to share any great finds I make. Continue reading

Kitchen Confidential. Part 3: The Devil is in the Detail

IMG_3029 1So, you’ve got the big picture. Get the overall layout right first. That’s a given as they say. For me however there is a more to achieving a memorable kitchen that just that. The devil is, as they say, in the detail. To begin with I have a lot of stuff. From the usual plates, dishes, glasses, saucepans, cutlery, baking stuff to a silly amount of vases, tablecloths, coffee cups, chopping boards, ramekins, candles etc . Then there is food, serving platters, large bowls, medium bowls, more food, you get the picture, Goldilocks would be right at home in my house. I so made lists. I sketched out the plan. Over and over, (with my better half, though he definitely has less say in this part of the house) Continue reading