• Wondering what to cook tonight?

    by  • Tuesday, March 17, 2009 • 0 Comments

    How about an easy-to-make St Patrick’s Potato dish to accompany a little tipple this saint’s day? At Ideal Home magazine we test a lot of dishes for our food pages, but I was particularly delighted to see how simple-to-prepare and yummy this recipe is, having tried it out last week in preparation. The dish is very rich so a little goes a long way, and the trick is to cook it very slowly so the cream doesn’t curdle: 


    Recipe taken from Irish Food Board: www.bordbia.ie

    St Patrick’s potatoes

    Serves 6-8

    1kg medium-sized potatoes

    1 large garlic clove, finely chopped

    100g well-flavoured Irish farmhouse cheese such as Gubbeen or Carrigaline*

    300ml double cream

    300ml milk

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    1.Preheat the oven to 140C/Gas Mark 1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into thin slices. Overlap one-third of the slices over the base of a buttered 2.25 litre shallow ovenproof dish and sprinkle with half the chopped garlic, one-third of the grated cheese and some salt and pepper. Repeat the layers once more, then finish with a final layer of neatly overlapped potatoes.

    2. Warm the milk and cream together in a pan with a little more seasoning to taste. Pour over the potatoes and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

    3. Bake for approximately 1 ½ hours until the potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Cover very loosely with a sheet of foil part-way through cooking after the top has become nicely golden.

    Enjoy your night! – Emily


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    Time flies…

    by  • Monday, March 16, 2009 • 0 Comments

    We’ve just spotted these gorgeous decorative clocks from Rocket St George. Following on from the butterfly mirror theme, we thought we’d share info on this new Butterfly Clock, designed by Susanne Phillippson, which brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘time flies’ and is simply gorgeous, priced from £115.


    We also love the vibrant colour in this statement Striped Cuckoo Clock, designed by Raffaele Darra for Rocket St George and priced £165. It’s hand made using coloured resin. Time to go shopping I think…Click here for more home shopping buys  - Emily

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    Mirror mirror on the wall…

    by  • Friday, March 13, 2009 • 0 Comments


    5 mirrored butterflies, Really Linda Barker

    Reflections mirrors, Graham & Brown

    Reflections mirror, Graham & Brown

    There’s such a stunning selection of shaped mirrors on the high street at the moment, such as these from Really Linda Barker and Graham & Brown, which instantly bring style and originality to a wall. My friend recently broke a large mirror in her home, but instead of throwing it away and thinking she’ll have seven years of bad luck, she salvaged a large piece of it and got a glazier to cut it into a leaf shape – it’s given her living room wall a pretty and unique touch – For more style inspiration click hereEmily

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