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A post by The Beer Nut at The Beer Nut

“Daddy’s taking us to see a model railway” yelped the excited young’un as our train pulled into York. Two rows away I felt a pang of sympathy. Daddy hadn’t done his homework. It’s a few years since I was last in the city, but even I knew that the model railway in the old station tea rooms had closed and relocated some time ago, replaced by the leather banquettes and dark woodwork of the York Tap.  Continue reading »

For the past month, we've been looking after a little doggiewog.  Her name is Sandie and she belongs to my sister and my godniece Lulu.  They fecked off on holidays to Spain for a couple of weeks (where Little Sis managed to get herself engaged – hurrah!) and we agreed to mind their fluffy mutt Sandie.  You may have seen the odd picture of her on Instagram where I refer to her as Sandie the WonderDog.  Now we had Sandie, live and unleashed in our house for a whole month.  Continue reading »

See, the thing is that Europeans were generally suspicious of spuds in the early years after their arrival from the New World and, however hard it may be for me to imagine, a great many people were loathe to eat them. They were rumoured, among many other things, to be a cause of leprosy, which would, you’d have to admit, be a bit of a turnoff.  Continue reading »

The ultimate compliment is when someone who you’ve fed thousands of times turns around and says that this is the best thing that you’ve ever cooked for them. Though to be honest, I didn’t acknowledge the praise –  I was too busy diving back into the pork shoulder, pulling off shreds of pig, smothering it with sauce, wrapping into lettuce leaves and horsing it into me. I wasn’t going to waste valuable pig eating time with idle chit-chat….  Continue reading »

Strawberry Ice Cream

A post by haysparks at Mum of Invention

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Candy Cakes

A post by AllisonSickert at Chew On That

Since you all loved the creative cake decorations post, here are some more ideas for creating stand out cakes. These cakes will please those of you with a large sweet tooth!
Kit Kat Cake: Bake your favorite cake, frost it, then top with M&Ms and outline the edges with Kit Kat bars.

Rock Candy Cake: Decorate any cake with colorful rock candy that matches your party decorations.

Oreo Cake: There’s no actual cake involved, just tiers of Oreos!

How do you use candy to decorate cakes?  Continue reading »

My job can be pretty demanding. This may come as a shock to those of you who believe the life of a management consultant to be a cosseted existence of champagne and oysters. Sadly, this is not so. Generally it consists of late nights, missed lunchtimes and too many airline lounges. But sometimes, just sometimes, my traveling life can be pretty sweet.

I’ve been on my current project, an Oracle R12 implementation since November 2011.  Continue reading »

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It’s been a while. How’ve you all been? Anything new in your lives? As you can probably gather by my absence our little man has arrived. Dillon Jet Murphy. Oh yes and man what a few….or 6 weeks it’s been. He arrived safe and sound on June 14th, one day early. That’s my boy, ahead of schedule. It’s been an amazing transition and to be honest it’s been pretty fluid. Christy’s taken to mummyhood like you wouldn’t believe.  Continue reading »

 

These fruit pies are sure to be at the top of your favorites list for the next few months, we guarantee it. Keep reading to learn how to make the pies that we can’t get enough of these days.
Blackberry Custard Pie: If you start out with a pre-prepared pie shell, this one is a snap to prepare at the last minute.
Very Berry Pie: This easy pie incorporates frozen ingredients with an amazing pie crust to get a down home holiday feel that looks and tastes incredible.  Continue reading »

Sausage Rolls

A post by Wholesome Ireland at Wholesome Ireland

This is an easy way to make your own, unique sausage rolls that your kids (and big kids) will love. In the cupboard under the stairs there sits a mincing machine. It’s been there for about the last month or so. It was a recent Birthday gift but I’ve not had the opportunity to use…  Continue reading »

The sun seems to have finally started to shine on the Emerald Isle and you couldn’t be in a more beautiful place when it does. Plants are benefiting from it, the animals are enjoying basking in it and the children are doing what their summer childhood memories should be filled with; spending hours on end adventuring in the garden. To our hens, dog and cats, this summer has welcomed some kittens and also some beautiful ducks into our garden.  Continue reading »

GLENISK INTRODUCES NEW NO ADDED SUGAR RANGE ‘PURE ORIGINAL’
Got a selection of the new No Added Sugar yoghurts from Glenisk to try recently. I have quite enjoyed the three: Natural, Blueberry and Mango.
Of course, I didn’t leave well alone but tried out a few variations. For instance, I jazzed up the natural with a few bunches of raspberries form the back garden and that went down a treat.  Continue reading »

Hello again! What is better than a dessert book AND a gift certificate you can use towards ice cream? Keep reading for how you can get hands on these fabulous Friday prizes…
 
In Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert, Michael Krondl takes readers on a world tour of desserts. With a gift card to Dairy Queen, you can’t lose: it’s Summer, it’s hot…and who doesn’t scream for ice cream?  Continue reading »

O-Day Lunchbox Of The Week

A post by Cuisine Genie at Cuisine Genie

Rain’s back. Ha! Told ya. You can’t see me but I’m doing a little victory wiggle. Although it is meant to clear up later on. And just as well, because unless you’ve been hibernating with a stone on top of you, you’ll know it’s O-Day today: London 2012. 

There are two camps of people living in London when it comes to the Olympics. Those who loathe all the fuss and have already most likely escaped the city, probably to lay on their yacht somewhere sunny.  Continue reading »

O-Day Lunchbox Of The Week

A post by Cuisine Genie at Cuisine Genie

Rain’s back. Ha! Told ya. You can’t see me but I’m doing a little victory wiggle. Although it is meant to clear up later on. And just as well, because unless you’ve been hibernating with a stone on top of you, you’ll know it’s O-Day today: London 2012. 

There are two camps of people living in London when it comes to the Olympics. Those who loathe all the fuss and have already most likely escaped the city, probably to lay on their yacht somewhere sunny.  Continue reading »

Even the most creative of us could use some inspiration every once in a while. Whether you’re throwing a birthday party for your kids or a get together with friends, here are my favorite Pinterest boards that have a ton of great party planning ideas.
 Style Me Pretty: Tablescapes & Decor We Adore
If you’re planning a wedding or large party, this pin board has over 300 ideas for table designs.  Continue reading »

In our first interview with a female winemaker (about time!), Carmen Blanco, winemaker at Castelo de Medina, gives us the low-down on what makes the great whites of Rueda so great, not taking into account the feminine touch. Pictured, Carmen (left) with assistant winemaker Sara Román.
To view our post on the new wines from Castelo de Medina, click here.
1. Verdejo – could it be the next Sauvignon Blanc in terms of popularity, and is it better after time in oak?  Continue reading »

Recipe: Jambalaya!

A post by rebecca at CheapEats.ie

Peppers – image from sxc.hu

I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans, and, someday, I will! It looks like such a vibrant, fun town but a big part of the appeal for me is the cuisine. I lived in Florida for a short time as a child and our neighbours were from Louisiana. I remember spending long, hot Saturdays at their pool parties where they’d serve Gumbo, Crawfish Creole, Dirty Rice and whole host of other spicy delights.  Continue reading »

With the increased interest in the white wines of Spain, particularly those of Rueda, it made sense for us to expand our range from Castelo de Medina, from whom we’ve been carrying a Sauvignon Blanc since we started Curious Wines back in 2008.  Continue reading »