Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Unusually, I listened to this book instead of reading it.  Actually, this was the very first book I ever listened to.  I had taken Audible.com up on their free introduction, and having downloaded this book, promptly cancelled my membership, quite convinced I’d never have time to listen to an entire book. I was wrong.  It […]

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Writing Competition: Fish Anthology Flash Fiction

If you’ve made it this far into a site about books and writing, you’ve no doubt heard of the Fish Anthologies. Well respected as a launching board for many of Ireland’s best known writers, Fish Publishing have hosted annual competitions for years, with the winners featuring in their popular anthologies. There’s still a little bit […]

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Recipe: Goat’s Cheese and Carmelised Onion Tarts

This recipe was inspired by the great Delia Smith, whose real recipe can be found here. If you have the time for Delia’s recipe, stop right here and click the link above. If, however you’re short on time and energy, read on.  There’s a cheat’s version.  (Phew, I hear you say.) In the fridge section […]

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Recipe: Homemade Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese

In the last week alone we’ve had sun, snow, sleet and storms. Assonance aside, it hasn’t been fun. So comfort food is in order I think, despite the alleged Spring season.  I’ve been meaning to try this stalwart of US menus for years, ever since a good friend (hailing from Indiana) first laughed at my […]

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Review of 1826 Adare, Co. Limerick – Published Food & Wine Magazine February 2014

1826 Main Street, Adare, Co. Limerick Tel: +353(0)61 396004 www.restaurant1826.ie   The clue is in the name with restaurant 1826.  The cottage it calls home is old – one hundred and eighty eight years old to be exact – and the offering, like its name, is simple. A relatively new arrival to the tiny town […]

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Writing Through The Digital Noise

I’m writing this during a power outage.  It’s just me, the dark and the last gasps of a dying laptop.  It’s actually perfect, because I have nothing else to do except write, albeit for only 33 minutes more, according to my laptop battery.  I’ve been sitting at the kitchen table for an hour now with […]

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Recipe: Quick Thai Green Chicken Curry

Fast Thai Green Chicken Curry If you’re anything like me, December was rather unhealthy.  Between the pre-Christmas parties, the over-indulgence during the Holidays and the couch-grazing during time off, I feel a very real need to take a bit of time for restorative rest.  That means bed early for some physical rest, and healthy food […]

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Writers’ Tipples: ‘The Screwdriver’ Recipe – Truman Capote

This is the first in a little series based on my favourite writers and their favourite drinks.  Yes, I know, terribly arduous a job I have, what with the mixing, the photographing, and yes, the drinking 😉 Here goes, hic, nothing…. The word ‘powerful’ gets bandied about a lot these days, allocated to everything from […]

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