Richmond Restaurant, Dublin 2

I am definitely late to the Richmond party but as the saying goes, better late than never! I plan to rectify this now with further visits to this super neighbourhood restaurant. Located in Portobello, on the right hand side as you leave town heading towards Rathmines. For those of you old enough to remember, it’s…

Seven Course Tasting Menu at the Lady Helen, Mount Juliet

We spent a lovely few days in Mount Juliet recently. One of the real reasons for going was to finally return to the Lady Helen, we hadn’t been back since it was awarded a Michelin star. We were staying in Mount Juliet on a package that included a seven course tasting menu on one evening. We…

Recipe ~ Berry Loaf

Beautiful to look at and to eat! I’ve started to enjoy baking lately. It’s not something I’ve been that good at before, I prefer cooking savoury things. I find baking tedious at times, the smallest thing can make it all go wrong and the time and effort is just wasted. There’s a lot more leeway when…

September Favourites on Gin & Griddle

1st October… already! How did this happen, the Summer (what summer!) disappeared and now September too. Changing the format of this monthly post a little – used to be more about the best of what was on Gin & Griddle and making it more about my favourite things from September instead… 

Recipe ~ Seeded Wholemeal Soda Bread Loaf

The base for this recipe comes from the soda bread recipe in Like Mam Used to Bake cookbook. This is one of my go to books for easy to follow baking recipes. Soda bread is the best – no waiting around while the dough rises or proves or whatever else, I don’t have the patience…

The Boathouse Bistro, Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

This is the stunning setting of The Boathouse Bistro at Dromquinna Manor in Kenmare. Dromquinna has many strings to its bow…40 acres of waterside parkland planted, a manor house dating from the 1890s, luxury camping (or glamping!), private event and dining space as well as the restaurant, The Boathouse Bistro. The boathouse itself dates from…

Antipasto at home from Donnybrook Fair

We were all set to go out for dinner, planning to take a walk, maybe bus or luas into town for a couple of drinks and something to eat. As we were walking out the door, the heavens opened and it started to lash rain, torrential, sweeping rain! So a change of plan, we jumped…

The Gin & Griddle B.L.T.

A blog about a sandwich – I know…  but it’s a good sandwich I promise! I cook and bake quite a lot here at home and this features at the top of the favorites list for my husband, one of the easiest things to make and this is what he loves! Sandwiches for dinner so……

Recipe ~ Irish Soda Bread

Venturing into the world of bread making…I decided to start with a relatively easy bread – Irish soda bread. The ingredients are few and the recipe is easy, really anyone could have a go at this one. This recipe is courtesy of  Rosanne’s beautiful Like Mam Used to Bake book. There are 4 ingredients… …450g Plain…