Brunch at America Restaurant, Toronto

  Brunch at America Restaurant in Toronto was quite simply, epic, and one of my favourite dining experiences of 2015. I loved everything about it, from the place itself to the food and the style of dining. If I find myself in Toronto again, I am certainly making sure I’m there on a Sunday to…

Bean and Goose Chocolate!

Picking up a bottle of wine recently and needing (yes needing!) some nice chocolate to go with it, there was a few Bean and Goose Chocolate bars at the till. Two types with different tasting notes were on the shelf and we picked the Milk Chocolate from Ghana, 40.5% cocoa, Bold | Note of Hazelnut | Caramel. 

A Snapshot of August on Gin & Griddle – Top 5

Little later than normal but here’s the round-up for August! 1. M&L Chinese Restaurant… the best chinese food in Dublin? Corn deep fried in egg yolk, dumplings, seabass, green beans and more… amazing. Read about our visit to M&L. 2. Sweet Treats! Salted Chocolate Krispie Squares & Rocky Road 3. Days out! We had a…

Recipe ~ Sweet Shop Rocky Road!

So this is possibly the easiest recipe ever but oh so delicious! And the best bit you can change / add to / take away the different elements as you please… This is firmly based on the recipe for Rocky Road by the wonderful Like Mam Used to Bake in her book (go buy it, the…

Recipe ~ Salted Chocolate Krispie Squares

I love salty sweet flavours together so for me this is a perfect treat. Easy to make and very delicious, whats not to love…Browsing one of my favourite baking blogs, Kirsty’s Ever so Sweet I came across this recipe – I’ve tweaked it a bit but not by much. Go check out her site for other…

Tasting Menu at Ananda, Dundrum

The best tasting menu in Dublin? Take a visit to Ananda in Dundrum and see for yourself…It’s a bold statement I know but one I’m more than happy to stand by. The combination of amazing food, paired with great wines, is hard to beat. Ananda has a somewhat quirky location in Dundrum Town Centre, you…

Recipe ~ Nutty Chocolate Discs

I struggled to find a good name for these – they are not sweets or biscuits, just chocolatey loveliness so settled on going by their shape – discs! Really easy to make, moreishly delicious – only make when going somewhere you can bring them or have someone there to help you eat them!   150g…

Recipe ~ Cocoa Meringue Kisses with Raspberries

One of the best presents I received for Christmas – the delectable Meringue Girls Cookbook. A vibrant, colourful and delicious book full of gorgeous meringue recipes, from the simple to the sublime… meringue kisses with fillings, meringue kisses that float in hot chocolate, meringue kisses with surprises contained within… meringue towers, slices and pies… it’s…

The Art of Baking

I am a baking novice… anything I’ve ever tried to bake in the cake / pie / tart  area has never ever worked (bar fruit crumble and that doesn’t really count as a 5 year old could make a crumble). Pastry – don’t even get me started on that! But I so want to be…

Recipe ~ Chocolate Truffles

I have at best guess a million cookbooks (slight exaggeration!)… many of which are skinny or low fat type of cookbooks (I try!) and include this one – “Cook Yourself Thin” – it tends to be one I come back to again and again as has some really delicious recipes in it, one of which…

White Chocolate Clusters

I first made these at Christmas time and they were so handy to bring to family and friends but really they work at any time of year…very delicious and so so quick and easy to make. I love the mix of white chocolate and cranberries and hazelnuts however you can substitute any other dried fruits or nuts…