Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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From the time that we rolled out of the airport (post trans-atlantic flights, post-calls) into the beauty of the Amalfi coast.  Limoncello aplenty.

Looking forward to sharing more (long belated) memories of our trip this week.

Sunday brunch in easkey | Pudding row

Monday, May 22, 2017

DSC_0609 A few images from our 25 minute drive outside on a Sunday morning to Pudding Row. Where twelve of us promptly fell in love with everything on the menu, quite seriously contemplated ordering a second round of everything and decided this was in fact, the best brunch we've all had in ages. DSC_0628 DSC_0668 DSC_0659 DSC_0662 (1) DSC_0666 DSC_0667
Dervla Conlon, the creative force behind it all, sure knows a good thing.  Freshly baked, homemade, locally sourced, organic where possible- a menu that is equal parts comforting and exciting.

Now, how do we get back there every weekend? ;)

Caoimhe's communion

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This past weekend we headed up to Sligo to share in Caoimhe's communion.  

Things that I know to be true about her- she is smart, witty , knows the words to every song on the radio (or at least all of the ones that are playing when I'm in the car),  is a little speed runner and outside of the fact that she needs to work on her joke-telling (and knock-knock jokes), she is without a doubt and in every sense of the word treasured.  

So it is no surprise that Adam's family (whom I adore) and extended were there with open arms to celebrate.  And true to form, her mother and family made it a weekend that make trips out west seem oh, so necessary. DSC_0581 DSC_0670 (1) DSC_0470 DSC_0445 DSC_0451 DSC_0473 DSC_0491 DSC_0539 (1) DSC_0557 DSC_0464
Congratulations, petal.  We are so proud of you!

Wild Garlic Bread recipe | Jette Virdi

Friday, April 28, 2017

DSC_0062Uber-talented Jette  posted about this not too long ago, a great reminder of a little foraging trip with the girls a few years ago that ended up with a gorgeous staple to enjoy when spring starts to settle in.

Enjoyed fresh out of oven by itself, with sour cream, as an accompaniment to a meal or with a substitute for wild garlic- it was a firm favourite in our apartment.
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Wild Garlic Bread 
Recipe by Jette Virdi (adapted from Ballymaloe)

450g plain flour
12-14fl oz butter milk [if you don’t have butter milk: try regular milk with juice of 1 lemon squeezed in, stirred and left for a little. should go a little thicker/lumpier]
pinch of salt
big handful of wild garlic

Preheat oven to 230C.
Mix flour, salt and wild garlic.
Add half the milk and mix in circular motion.
Then add remaining milk in stages.
Once it comes together turn out dough onto lightly floured surface then make it round. Try not to play around with it too much as it will lose it’s ‘rise’.
Cook for 15mins at 230C then turn oven down to 200C and cook for roughly 30-40mins.
To check if cooked, turn upside down and tap the bottom, should sound hollow if cooked.

This is beautiful

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

So heartbreakingly true.

via Swissmiss

On learning how to fight

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rincy  Adam-045 A note: Firstly, a massive thank you to Adam for letting me share this here.  I knew when I came back to this site that I wanted it to be more reflective of all of the little things that come with the everyday- even the hard ones, the kind that foster growth time and time again.  So if you're like me who internalises a little too much in a relationship, or not the greatest at voicing an opinion - this may be the post for you.

I tend to avoid coflict.  A people pleaser by nature, it sort of comes with the territory.  But it leads to bottling a lot of emotions and in a relationship, especially with someone who doesn't bottle anything -  it can lead to some pretty interesting (or not so interesting, says me) arguments, to and fros, tense, upsetting moments.

He vocalises, I withdraw and being two very stubborn independent individuals who can sometimes find it hard to get out of the 'I'm always right , he's never wrong' mentality, it's taking time to learn how fighting/ arguing/ flat out just not seeing straight in a way that doesn't make me do all of the things I would normally do i.e. run, cry, call one of my girlfriends who will undoubtedly, without fail and very loyally side with me ;)
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But Adam does two things pretty consistently that help :
1) He apologies and then turns to me and says ''I'm not 100% at fault here though.''  And it's always true.  Act-reaction takes two people.  That single statement no matter how upset I am somehow grounds the situation for me.  Reminds me to get out of my angry bubble and see the bigger picture.

2)  He reminds me that an argument(s) doesn't cancel out all of the good things that we've created together.  Another reminder that both of us are really doing the best we can.  And that disagreements don't mean that any of that changes.
Rincy  Adam-043 I'm still not used to it but one thing I am learning is that even though we both may not be the most self-aware in the heat of the moment, if the other person raises the mirror- we're not afraid to look in it.

(Plus if you don't know it already, I sort of adore the bits off him.)

Also, this article  on the Huffington Post about the art of fighting was terrific.  Tempting to post so much of it here but found it unbelievably helpful on how to do it in a more nurturing way.

**A comment from Sally Anne after reading this post which made me laugh out loud: ''Mine is always to sort it out and say sorry! I have learnt to say it out straight, if it bothers me, rather than let it fester. Otherwise I conjure up a divorce plan mentally 😂😂 which really just translates into... I was angry at that moment! (Don't sweat the small stuff)!''

* Images by one of our favourites, Aga Maru 

That ultimate wishlist

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Have you heard of ' Objects I can't afford' ?  As explained on the FAQ page:  ''Not all of the products will be bonkers expensive here. Some are pretty cheap, even. The idea is that I personally can't afford spending money on random stuff - but maybe you can, and that's awesome.''

Refreshingly honest, isn't it? The best place to find ideas for new apartments/homes, a gift for a friend or just plain browse on a Saturday morning.  It's a good one.   The site shows 200 items at a time, so view the newest additions here and all of its archives here.

And as someone who has recently moved apartments, it's been all sorts of eye candy.  Happy browsing! Now somewhat wishing to create one for Irish products ;)

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A little note

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Yesterday we were having a conversation about this site, how I missed the creative outlet that blogging offers away from the more commercial work or hospital work or just plain life work and Adam said ''of course you do, it's your way of staying connected with an industry you're incredibly fond of.''

And there's really no better way to put it.

So here's to getting connected again, lifting up that camera again and sharing tales once more dear readers.

Wishing you a very happy, food-filled Easter ! Leftover pasta frittata aplenty.

Mulberry Garden

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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Tucked away down Mulberry Lane in Donnybrook is this little gem of a restaurant.  One where we were easily swept away by the warm service, the celebrated attention to food producers and Irish food, where the description alone of gorse flower mousse with poached rhubarb, parsley granita and rhubarb sorbet made us want to start the meal with dessert (it could be a thing) and while it's not pictured in this post was declared Adam's favourite dessert to date (strong words, friends)!

A confit Goatsbridge trout, an Andarl farm pork , monkfish from Niall Sabongi , Donegal Rapeseed oil to accompany in house made breads and more- it was the highlight reel of produce that makes it no surprise so many are tempted back to try its near weekly changing menu.

Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.  Casual fine dining, the very best of Irish produce and impeccable service- I'm sold.

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