Author: Caroline

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The last bake: Chocolate Sheet Cake

The last bit of baking in the old cottage kitchen before the big move? This regular favourite Chocolate Sheet Cake.

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An antidote to packing? O’Brien Chop House

On Saturday evening, fed up with a day of boxing and hefting various items around, I decided that Sunday was going to be treat time. Before anyone could protest, there was a phone call and a booking made: we were going to our favourite local-ish restaurant, O’Brien Chop House, for Sunday lunch.

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Lyric fm: The Sacred Harp and Dinner-on-the-Grounds

Somehow I can manage to get food into most reports that I do for Lyric fm’s Culture File.

Ireland’s first Sacred Harp Convention took place in University College Cork over the first weekend in March. I was there, recording and enjoying the singing – but also asking people about Dinner-on-the-Grounds.

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Steak for supper: wagyu from James Whelan Butchers

Steak is always a very special treat at the cottage but, when Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers sends a couple of wagyu beef steaks, that’s into another stratosphere entirely. They arrived in a brown paper parcel, all tied up with string, neatly labelled and sealed with red wax.