Yearly Archives: 2017

Festive Cranberry and Orange Curd..


  Every year, around this time I get tired of the shops – I’ve seen enough of them – so I decide

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Homemade Cranberry Compote

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When we were young, the only cranberry we knew was the sickly-sweet sticky jam that was available in the supermarkets

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Lorna’s melt-in-the-mouth Shortbread


I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but at work we have a serious habit of throwing a Bun Party at the drop

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Hot Port, a la The Merrion Hotel..


We visited the Merrion in Dublin for a couple of days last weekend. It was dry and sunny but absolutely

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Buying Local..


                I’m not much of a trend-setter, unless there’s  a club for people

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Back to School..

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I think it was Agatha Christie who said that the best two days of a mother’s life were the first

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Newcastle, Co Down – ‘where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea..’

Early on a sunny Sunday morning is our favourite time to take the road from Belfast to Newcastle. It’s a nice

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