Amalfi | Two

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Amalfi | One

Sunday, June 4, 2017

DSC_0297 Our trip to the Amalfi last year was the first this side of the ocean together as a family- with Isabelle in tow and my sister-in-law expecting.  We stayed in Praiano: a much quieter part of the coast, minus the tourists and hectic crowds.  Where most of our trip revolved around food (and being somewhat disappointed by our spoils in that regard), where this view was what we woke up to and said goodnight to and where we unequivocally decided that yearly family vacations are so, so necessary.

Whichever side of the pond that may lead.
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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.

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