Is it just me, or are we all guilty of those before bed Tastemade binges? The very addictive videos pop up on our facebook feeds and the next 5 to 10 minutes are spent drooling over scrumptious looking meals and the easy ways to make them. It’s a torturous night time debauchery.
I’m always saving links to interesting recipes and meals with the best of intentions. But find myself forgetting to ever go back, because there is always something newer or more enticing. This time however, I went back & was pretty chuffed I did.
My brother was hosting an event in association with Movember and so my midnight indulgences could be called upon. I had recently seen a spectacular video by In The Kitchen With Katie and thought, this was the perfect opportunity to try it out, yes you guessed it, a Moustache Cake !!!!!
*If you have the resources, you can still donate to a good cause. Team Roders is the official fundraising link to my brothers’ Movember team.
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Every year, my brothers’ join the Movember movement to raise awareness and support. This year, there’s an event that Sana Govender is hosting this friday, 25th November, where he will screen his short film, 5 Stages of Grief (a long awaited screening I might add )
All proceeds will go towards Movember Ireland. If you can’t make the event, donate online. Because as we all know, every little helps.
‘Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent. We’re transforming the way research into men’s health is done, and the way health services reach and support men.’
Let’s be the change we wish to see.
June has finally brought with it, days painted in glorious golds and skies in the deepest of blues and even the birds have begun to shout their morning song for us. Here’s to letting more sunshine into our lives.
And so, to welcome in the month of wonderful weather and beautiful changes, I have the greatest pleasure of launching my brand new website –
To say Thank You, for all the support, I will be running a Competition in the next couple of days. So stay tuned to my facebook page for updates. It’s going to be a good one.
Oaty Chocolate Chip & Cranberry Cookies, makes one dozen (ish)
1/4 cup brown sugar (to taste, the dried fruit and choc chips add a lot of sweetness)
1 cup oats
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk and white chocolate chips
1/3 cup craisins (Dried Cranberries 😉 ) I also used dried Cherries and Figs
1/2 cup softened butter/ coconut oil
Blend together the softened butter and sugar. Stir in the egg. Now stir in the remaining ingredients so everything is well blended. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough on the baking sheet. Bake at 180° for 15-18 minutes.
This is one of my fondest muffins. It’s my grandmother’s recipe that she’d use all the time when we were younger, always interchanging ingredients. It is so versatile, delicious and filling and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Recipe – makes 12
- 1/2 cup course wholemeal flour
- 1/2 cup plain flour
- 1 cup oats
- 1 egg
- 1 ripe banana (mashed)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup mixed seeds
- 1/4 cup dried fruit
- 1/4 cup muscovado sugar
- 1 tsp bicarb
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- almond milk/water – add a small amount of liquid at a time until a thick consistency is achieved
Mix all those ingredients up
Throw into oiled muffin trays
Bake at 180º for 15 min
Cool in tin and transfer to wire rack
Or Eat straight away… 😉
*They keep for about a week in an airtight container
To start off the New Year, I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful wedding for a beautiful couple.
It was a few days after the floods and there was talk of more rain that Saturday. With that in mind, I apprehensively made my way to the Church, expecting the worst of all the bad weather we’d been experiencing. Surprisingly, I was greeted by the most glorious winter sun blossoming over West Cork, and my heart swelled for the Couple.
Rays of light poured in through every window, bathing the entire building in gold. But the air was still cold and my fingers protested with stiffness. *note to self – wear gloves!
The events of the day unfolded perfectly. The ceremony swirled passed and before long I found myself at the final destination, The Fernhill Hotel in Clonakilty.
What a spectacular venue, still adorned in its Christmas finery. Fairy lights twinkled around the Christmas tree as guests were greeted by a beautifully laid out drinks reception.
There was a wonderful atmosphere and I feel so grateful to have been asked to document such a beautiful celebration of the lovely couple, Ann & Teddy.
Here are a few photographs from the day…
I’m so happy with the way these turned out.
(Star Wars fans out there, I’m sure you’d love these)
Sometimes, making a gift for someone is much more rewarding. You know how much time and effort you’ve put in.
If you’d like to make your own, let me know in the comments section and I’ll do a little tutorial.