Fresh Lemonade, Gin and Tonic

June 13, 2014

Lemonade, Gin and TonicI have to admit, I do like gin and tonics. I am pretty fussy though. There are only one or two brands of gin that I really like, I also like a lot of ice and there has to be a decent wedge of lemon. Without the lemon, it’s just not a gin and tonic. I am that crazy person that spends about three minutes squeezing all the lemon juice out before I dare take sip. Continue Reading…


Cherry Pie

June 5, 2014


Lots of things to be excited about this week- cherries are in season, plus there are beautiful peony roses blooming in the garden. It really is the small things! Living in Washington means that we are blessed with the most delicious, sun ripened, sweet and juicy cherries. Continue Reading…


Granola with Mango Compote

May 30, 2014


Breakfast doesn’t have to be some limp toast or soggy cornflakes. You deserve better than that! Granola, fruit and yogurt is simple, healthy and such a tasty breakfast. If you make a big batch of granola today, you will have breakfast sorted for the next month. Continue Reading…


Strawberry and Lemon Curd Meringues

May 24, 2014

Strawberry and Lemon Curd Meringues

Last time I was home in Ireland, my Dad made his famous pavlova with strawberries, and I made a lemon meringue pie. When I tasted the two desserts together I realized that strawberries, lemon curd and meringue are an amazingly good flavor combination. So, that is basically what inspired this recipe for zesty lemon curd, fresh strawberries, whipped cream and crispy meringues. Continue Reading…


Caramelized Onion Quiche

May 15, 2014

Caramelized Onion Quiche
This quiche tasted so good, that I just had to have a glass of wine with it. This particular recipe takes quiche to a whole new level. Just imagine it – crisp, buttery pastry, layers of soft, sweet, caramelized onions and finally some delicious, nutty Gruyere cheese with pillow soft eggs. Continue Reading…


Berry and Vanilla Cream Tart

May 9, 2014

Berry Tart (
I often revisit and revise recipes I have made before on the blog. This week I went back in time – way back to the very start. My first ever post was for a fruit tart and the photos are so blindingly awful that I wanted to erase them the minute I saw them again. Continue Reading…