Category Archives: Celebration

Rumtopf; Summer Berries fit for Angela Merkel

Rumtopf is a grown-up version of jam.  Cosmopolitan, mysteriously magenta coloured.   A reward when the Troika pats us on the head.  Now’s the time to make it. Preserves have a nice homely ring to them. In pre-industrial times, preserving … Continue reading

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig

On Saint Patrick’s Day, Irish people go out. Neither home entertainment nor home cooking are on the agenda. It’s a day when we celebrate being Irish, and we go out and do it in style. Families haul sleeping babies out … Continue reading

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Pulled Pork- Epilogue

By the time the day of the party arrived, I had slow roasted four 6 pound joints of pork , a mix of gigot and shoulder.

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Pulled Pork

As you cam tell by my writing style, I’m no global visionary.  No, I’m a linear.  Long before the Myers-Briggs had diagnosed my character traits, true fulfilment was found in making a list of all the things on my mind, … 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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Santa’s Spuds

Once upon a time in Dublin, there were three little children getting ready for bed on Christmas Eve. As soon as they were in their pyjamas, they laid out refreshments for Santa and his reindeers. The smallest one placed Baby … Continue reading

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Sláinte- Staying Safe this Christmas

Those of us who drink alcohol all have our favourite tipple. Some love the moment when the perfectly chilled bottle of white wine is taken out of the fridge and the first glass poured. That familiar sound is music to … Continue reading

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Irish Christmas Pudding with a Candied, Hidden Orange

Every Christmas Day, I make dinner for the family. It could be a matter of rigid prescription and strict conformity to tradition, but part of the fun is that the meal evolves all the time. The teenage vegetarian, the picky … Continue reading

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An Bradán Feasa- food of destiny for an Irish President

An Bradán Feasa Ómós do Michael D. Higgins Úachtarán na hÉireann Tá áthas an domhain orm go bhfuil Michael D. Higgins toghtha in a Úachtaráin ag Muintir na hÉireann. Insealbheadh é inniu agus guím gach beannacht air agus ar a … Continue reading

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