I love using handcrafted things in the kitchen. This espresso cup is a piece of Ardmore Pottery, a souvenir that I couldn’t resist buying after we had a Very Lovely Lunch at the Cliff House Hotel during the summer. I love its sea-green colour, how the curves fit to my hand and the fact that it is the perfect size for the richest of afternoon hot chocolates.
A friend of mine has just launched a new Irish craft website called www.iamofireland.ie. I first met Emma when the Husband, myself and Little Missy stayed nearby at Newtown House, an elegant and relaxing guesthouse run by her parents, Georgie and Michael Penruddock. While eating a fabulous breakfast which included homegrown tomatoes, autumn raspberries and spicy myrtle berries, all gathered from the courtyard outside, and getting tips for house refurbishment, Georgie mentioned that her daughter, like us, lived in a cottage and kept chickens.
Encouraged by Georgie, we visited Emma, her three children – LM was in heaven – and her husband in their cottage that day and have subsequently enjoyed several Sunday lunches at each other’s homes. The last time I saw Emma she was telling me about her plan for starting an Irish craft website and now www.iamofireland.ie is online.
She stocks the kind of thing that is satisfying to use every day: Ardmore Pottery oven dishes make an appearance, there are fantastic jugs from Andrew Ludick and especially tempting are the kind of mugs that you would want to wrap your hands around on a cold winter morning.