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Irish Soda Bread


225g  wholemeal flour

225g  plain flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

25g butter

1 egg

325ml Buttermilk


1) Preheat oven to 220c/200c for fan oven, (425f), gas mark 7.

2) Sieve flours together, salt and soda in a bowl. Rub in your butter till it resembles breadcrumbs, make a well in the centre.

3) In another bowl whisk your egg and buttermilk, add to the flour mix. Loosely bring together with your hand , do not over work as it should be soft but not sticky.

4) Turn on to floured board and bring together into a round, cutting a cross in the top dusting with flour.

5) Place on to a floured baking tray baking for 15 minutes, then turning your heat down by 20c to 200c/180c for fan oven, (400f), gas mark 6. Cook for a further 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slathering butter.

Please enjoy and thanks for reading,


Le Gavroche

What can I say that hasn't already been said time and time before me about Le Gavroche except for its a fulfilment of 22-23 years worth of food admiration and interest. Let me first start by telling you how my visit came about. My girlfriend Joanne, you have heard me mention herself a few times already at this stage presented me on the 19th of December with an envelope as my Christmas present. I knew for months she was taking me somewhere as my Christmas present but didn't know where, in those months preceeding the sheer level of her winding me up was epic, and if you know me I hate suprises or waiting for things, I can't stand it. Anyhow she hands me an envelope, having spent months thinking I am going to Paris, Barcelona anywhere other than London which was detailed in her letter. I thought ok London, that will be nice I haven't been there very often in a tourist capacity, so it will be a nice break away from Dublin in March. We continue to swap presents and I come …

Monmouth Coffee - Borough Market

Last weekend I had the pleasure of been taken to London by Joanne for my Christmas present, we took in the sights and ate like royalty at La Gavroche aswell as the Connaught Hotel of which will both be reviewed soon enough. However on the Saturday afternoon just before heading back to our hotel near London Bridge, we were both tired and weary from walking all over London town, fortunately for me coffee perks me right up so we headed to the nearby Borough Market in search of a good coffee. I must publicly apologise to Joanne here as I am a pain in the neck when it comes to coffee, I can't just drink any old muck, so after much searching I decided on Monmouth. Monmouth are truly fabulous, they roast their coffee near by in Bermondsey supplying both their Covent Garden and Borough Market coffee houses. Here is some information from their own site:
We roast coffee from single farms, estates and cooperatives. When we taste a coffee that we like, we want to know where it comes from and …