Monthly Archives: January 2012

Lá ‘le Bhríde

“Anois teacht an Earraigh Beidh an lá ag dul chun síneadh Is tar éis na Féile Bhríde Ardeoidh mé mo sheoil Ó Chuir mé i mo chean é Is ní stopfaidh mé coíche Go seasa mé síos I lár chontdae … Continue reading

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Tapas in Madrid

Last Saturday afternoon I sat out in the warm sunshine under blue skies with my two older daughters. We lingered for ages watching the procession of lovers, happy families and street performance artists. When the sun began to dip behind … Continue reading

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Take thou….

Detox this January? No thanks, don’t need it.- I was toxic enough over Christmas. Not a nice, convivial, eating, drinking, staying up late having fun type of toxicity but the kind visited on me by a respiratory infection which struck … Continue reading

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Irish Porter Cake for Nollaig na mBan

I love Nollaig na mBan. Mary Robinson dignified it when she visited the Womens’ Prison in Mountjoy Jail as the first public engagement of her Presidency on January 6th 1991. Every year, women get together all over Ireland, especially along … Continue reading

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An Old Irish Tale for Nollaig na mBan

Jimín Mháire Thaidhg was a standard Irish textbook when I was in National School in the sixties. Re-reading it now, as it breaks all the rules of contemporary political correctness, I remember the laughs at the time. Hilarity in the … Continue reading

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Magnificent Salad- a Meme for 2012

It was Christmas Eve, Babe. I parked the car near St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin and tore down towards Grafton Street. Last-minute list in hand, I was on a mission. Rounding the corner of George’s Street and Exchequer Street at … Continue reading

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Feedback on Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding

Well, it worked! The proof of the pudding is in the eating and by that maxim, the Christmas Pudding with a Hidden, Candied Orange was a success. Since it’s made in honour of my Mother-in-Law, I don’t expect much uptake … Continue reading

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