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2018 – A Year in Pictures

2018 – A Year in Pictures

2018 – A Year in Pictures A year can be difficult to sum up. It is a vast amount of time to look back on and invariably, certain things will stand out in your memory. Here’s how it went for me: Bringing in the New […]

The Kinneagh Kitchen Christmas

The Kinneagh Kitchen Christmas

The Kinneagh Kitchen Christmas Christmas, my favourite time of year. I love it all – the build up, the presents, the music, the lights, the family time and of course, the food. Christmas dinner is a real celebration – a time to go all out […]

An Pláta Beag

An Pláta Beag

An Pláta Beag “Life without Tapas, is like a heart without love.” – B.K.S. Iyengar Small, sharing plates of food are nothing new. Tapas are thought to date back to the 13th Century in Spain while Meze can be traced right back to Ancient Persia. […]

The Death of Flavour, Texture and Good Meat

The Death of Flavour, Texture and Good Meat

“Jaysus, I’d love a goose…..” “It brings me back to when I was a young fella.” I don’t consider my granddad an emotional man so the hint of a tear in his eye is quite surprising. I’m not long finished at Ballymaloe Cookery School and, […]

There’s More Than One Way To Cook Vegetables

There’s More Than One Way To Cook Vegetables

There’s More Than One Way To Cook Vegetables It’s Sunday. Sundays for us were all about routine. My Dad would get up pretty early and fire up the grill. My Mam wouldn’t be too far behind him while my brother and I would be calmly […]

The Toxic Bean

The Toxic Bean

The Toxic Bean I’m sitting in the pub sipping on my third pint on a quiet Tuesday evening. It’s been a good night, catching up with an old friend and watching Liverpool destroy Bayern Munich in the pre-season Audi Cup. Suddenly I’m not well, my […]

Goodbye to 2016

Goodbye to 2016

2016 was an interesting year for me, to say the least. It was a year of extreme ups and downs, a year of new experiences, a year of intense learning and meeting new people and in tandem, a year of struggling to adjust to a […]

Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016

Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016

“First is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest…!” Last Thursday, I followed my usual evening routine. I go to bed around 7.45 pm, read for awhile (I’m reading Rick Stein’s autobiography at the moment) and try to […]

Ballymaloe Cookery School – 12 Week Certificate Course Advice, Tips & Tricks

Ballymaloe Cookery School – 12 Week Certificate Course Advice, Tips & Tricks

It’s been just over a month since I returned from my 12 week stint at Ballymaloe Cookery School. It was an amazing experience but it has proved more difficult than I thought to re-adjust to reality, now that I’m home. This is my 10 step […]

My Christmas Menu

My Christmas Menu

It’s coming. It’s here, the most wonderful time of the year is upon us. It might seem a little early for such a statement but I’ve been holding it in since November 1st so it’s a good compromise. Christmas means lots of different things to different […]