Monthly Archive: July 2012

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies 5

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Something good just got better. Take your favourite chocolate brownie recipe, dot the brown, cocoa-rich batter with dollops of a simple vanilla cheesecake mixture, swirl and bake. Irresistible? They never seem to last long here....

Cork Food Festival - Colm at Ballymaloe House 0

Cork Food Festival 2012

Clear blue skies and sunshine + plenty of good food = lots of happy people at yesterday’s opening of the Cork Food Festival in Fitzgerald’s Park. It’s on until Sunday, with admission a reasonable €12,...

A handful of vanilla pods 2

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Sweetly spicy and aromatic, vanilla is probably the most used flavouring in the cottage kitchen. It’s a comforting base note in cookies and hot chocolates, pancakes and muffins and almost everything I bake has a teaspoon...

Sacla Irish food bloggers and journalists at basil fields on Amateis farm, Alessandria 14

Basil, bloggers and Italian sunshine

My first encounter with pesto was not a success. It was 1993. I was a student with a recently acquired kitchen, a need to feed myself and an exceptionally useful Christmas present: Nigel Slater’s...


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