• craft,  food

    Easter Bake Off!

    Well, I may have mentioned in one of my last blogs that I was baking an Easter Cake for the competition my in-law’s now hold every year!! Well it was announced at Christmas so I had almost three months to prepare for it… I’ve never done so much cake research in my life! I was trying to decide if I’d make one or two tier’s….then if I’d frost it with buttercream and do an ombre design and there was that tub cake everyone’s making with the Kit-Kat’s as the tub timber,¬† ganache and then there’s the little ducks or piggies on top….. I decided to go with a two tier…

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    Recipe: Trifle Towers! Delicious alternative to a classic..

    ¬†Classic Trifle Recipe So we all love a dessert after the Sunday Roast, right? It has to be old school to take you back to your childhood of Jelly & Ice Cream or as my Mum calls them, a ‘fourpenny wafer’, basically a doorstep of ice cream, between two wafer’s.. my favourite was always my Nana’s Apple Tart or a trifle from Kylemore Bakery, nothing ever rivals it, they came in these tiny rectangular plastic tubs with a frilled edge, it would look like a postage stamp if you looked down on it, topped with this sort of…. thick whipped cream! If I was a good girl when Mum took…

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    To Market ….To Market…..

    One of the things that’s kept me so busy lately is the arrival of Market season, the weather is getting finer, my gazebo cannot withstand the violent west of Ireland gales and torrent’s but spring weather welcomes the flimsiest of tents of the market rookies like mois! When I think back on the history of Flea Markets in Ireland, images of gypsies selling counterfeit video tapes and cassette tapes, clothes and stinking furniture from the 70’s heavily stained brown and orange floral sofa’s with tapered legs and cigarette burns, chipboard and veneered wardrobes with stained oval mirrors, broken toys from decades long gone… How times have changed, today, Flea Markets…

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    Competitive Baking

    Firstly, I want to apologise for the absence of posts over the last month, it’s been a hectic one-and still is! It’s been an exciting month, full of creative things I’ve experienced all for which will make interesting future blog entries!! Easter is next weekend and my In-Law’s have started an Easter Cake Bake Off, I’m terribly excited about this, you can only join if your name has an O’Neill in it, so no cousin’s or friend’s, I’m double barrel so I got in by the skin of my teeth..ha ha! Usually, it’s a mince pie contest, held every New Years Day, the winner gets to have the trophy for…