Ooni Pizza Oven: Blueberry, Honey, Goats Cheese, Orange and Thyme Pizza Recipe

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I am always a little indecisive about what to make for a Christmas dessert, but generally come to the conclusion that a centrepiece cake can never go amiss!  I have hence been experimenting with some traditional seasonal flavours and am delighted with this resulting Chocolate Chestnut and Cranberry layer cake recipe. 

Laura and Andrew at Virginia Park Lodge

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Thrilled to share with you some images by talented photographer Emma Russell, of clients Laura and Andrew's  wedding at  Virginia Park Lodge in Co. Cavan last year.

Laura and Gregory at Adare Manor

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Be prepared for some Pinterest-worthy imagery in today's post! Delighted to share with you some images by award-winning fine art photographer, Laura Gordon, of clients Laura and Gregory's destination wedding at the stately Adare Manor in Co. Limerick. 

Real Weddings with Adam and Grace Photography

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Today I am sharing two weddings from 2019 photographed by the supremely talented Adam and Grace Photography, who masterfully capture weddings in a candid, elegant and timeless style.

Rose of a Different Colour

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I am delighted to have been a contributor to an inspirational wedding editorial, A Rose of  Different Colour, which was featured in the January edition of Ireland's premier glossy magazine, Image. Victorian splendour meets modern eccentricity was the theme, with concept and styling by the talented Kate O'Dowd of Love and Gatherings

Chocolate Cranberry and Chestnut Layer Cake Recipe

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I am always a little indecisive about what to make for a Christmas dessert, but generally come to the conclusion that a centrepiece cake can never go amiss!  I have hence been experimenting with some traditional seasonal flavours and am delighted with this resulting Chocolate Chestnut and Cranberry layer cake recipe. 

Almond Cake with Plum and Sweet Geranium Jam and Vanilla Bean Swiss Meringue Buttercream

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I only recently discovered scented rose geranium as a baking ingredient, having bought some at our local farmer's market. While not the pretties of leaves, it releases a wonderfully delicate rose scented flavour simply by rubbing  to release the oils. It can be used in sweet dishes in a variety of ways, for example by infusing sugar to use in baking and desserts in place of normal sugar, or in scented syrups or jams. It pairs well with citrus flavours, fruits and spices.  I choose to use my geranium in a jam with plums, which happened to be in season at the time of late Autumn. It is quite possibly the best jam I have ever made!

Old World Romance Inspirational Shoot

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Award-winning stylist, wedding and event planner Kate O'Dowd of Love & Gatherings approached me last summer to contribute to a wedding editorial for Image magazine to be shot at Gloster House, a beautifully restored 17th century mansion that is a lived-in family home as well as a magically elegant wedding venue. The results were truly inspirational!

Lime Basil and Blackberry Bundt Cake Recipe

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Bundt cakes are so easy to make, require little decoration and serve a crowd...hence I always love making a bundt cake for weekend treats or family celebrations!

Lemon Curd and Violet Loaf Cake Recipe

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Loaf cakes are a weekend favourite, partly because they are so quick and easy to make. Without the need for layering and filling, a quick glaze or icing and some edible decorations results in something delicious and pretty with minimal effort.