Chocolate Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Easter is just around the corner! For some it may mean enjoying a long weekend and for others it may mean a little bit more. Either way, Easter can’t be enjoyed without hot cross buns. Sure, I understand why people may shun the bun loaded with sultanas so I’m doing you a favour and replacing the misunderstood dried fruit with chocolate. We all remember that dreaded moment as a child when you eagerly took a […]

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Top 5 London Coffee Shops

Hello there, I’m Tara and I’m a coffee addict. There was once a time when I thought enjoying the taste of coffee meant your taste buds were dead. Oh how things have changed. I now hunt down the top coffee shops in every city I visit and feel a cloud of doom descending when I think a day might go by without a coffee. Do I have a problem? It’s debatable. Problem or not, at […]

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Finding Inspiration and Simple Salad Recipe

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O.K, I admit it, I’ve been in a creative funk for the last month. I just haven’t felt inspired. Instead of churning out work I wasn’t proud of I decided to take a little break. Having recently moved to Dublin I’ve found myself spending all my energy on job hunting. This has left me feeling a little unenthused when it comes to expressing myself creatively. If you’re in the same boat, not to worry, I’ve […]

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Christmas Favourites

Christmas is my favourite time of year. All the baking, decorating and time spent with friends and family always puts me in a good mood. If you’re feeling a little Grinchy this festive season why not check out some of my Christmas favourites below. They’re guaranteed* to make your heart grow three sizes!  Cooking Despite whipping up several batches of my own traditional fruit mince pies I still needed to make this amazing couronne. You […]

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Traditional Fruit Mince Pies

It’s a very special, festive post this week as I will be sharing my family’s fruit mince pie recipe. We’ve been making this recipe for well over 25 years now. It’s the best! Not too sweet, with a thin but crisp pastry and all made from scratch. You may think you don’t like mince pies or that dried fruit isn’t your thing but let me tell you- you’re wrong! Throw those overly sweet, supermarket mince […]

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Dessert Sushi and Gilmore Girls

Many hours of my teenage years were spent watching Gilmore Girls. Some may say this was escapism or procrastination from school work but I argue that I was simply furthering my education. Where else would I learn about the effects of excessive coffee consumption? Not to mention the fact that everyone has a different path in life and it isn’t always an easy one. It’s been 9 years since the last Gilmore Girls series ended […]

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Healthy Banana Pancakes

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It’s certainly going to be an exciting couple of months for me! This week I arrived back home to graduate from university (hooray!!!) and will be heading off on holiday to Europe at the end of the month. It’s definitely going to feel weird not being a student anymore but I’m sure that I’ll be back studying more in the years to come. As you can imagine it’s been a pretty hectic month trying to […]

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Scones and Lemon Curd

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  The Great British Bake Off is back so to celebrate I thought I would whip up some scones. They ARE the classic English afternoon tea treat after all. These scones are extra special as they’re dairy free and accompanied by an equally dairy free lemon curd. What a pairing! My Aunty Maeve is a baking genius and when I visited her in Ireland she baked up a dairy free storm for me. These scones […]

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