Recipe: Porcini and Chicken Rigatoni with White Truffle Oil

Having been tempted to try a little truffle oil while on holidays recently, I was instantly hooked and set about trying to buy a bottle of this fiercely flavoursome stuff.   I came across two types really; what looked like barely fragranced olive oil and what was going to cost the same as a mortgage payment. […]

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Book Review: Delightful Dublin by Emily Westbrooks

* Full disclosure – Emily Westbrooks is a dear friend so if I come across all Kanye West-ish (it’s earth-shattering / history-changing / work of a modern god) you know why.  But apart from that, it really is fabulous.  Honestly. Arriving to our shores some six years ago, Emily Westbrooks will admit that she wasn’t […]

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‘Keeping Your Engagement Ring Safe’ – Published Limerick Brides Magazine September 2014

So you’ve popped the champagne, celebrated with family and friends and you can’t stop staring at your left hand.  You’re engaged!  The next step – before you so much as try on a veil – is to make sure you’ve got that beautiful glittering diamond fully insured and safeguarded.   We’ve all seen the recent […]

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‘Gin and Eggs’ – Longlisted for Penguin / RTE Guide Short Story Competition 2014

‘Gin and Eggs’ Longlisted for Penguin / RTE Guide Short Story Competition 2014 Pushing against the heavy door, Jimmy felt the warm air wash over him, hot steam escaping onto the snow-laden street.  The café was busy, thronged with punters eager for a bite before their early shift.  As he reached the counter, two older […]

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Book Review: That Part Was True by Deborah McKinley

I described this on Twitter as being an easy, light-hearted summer read, and I still think that’s the most accurate, albeit concise description I can come up with for ‘That Part Was True’ by Deborah McKinley. Set over a short period, this is very much a brief snapshot of two lives, told partly through letters […]

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