Friday, November 26

Breakfast Biscotti

Sometimes the morning after a day of feasting
one doesn't feel like a large slap up brunch
but more a crunchy,
yet sweet breakfast of strong coffee and Italian biscotti
I started to make these when I lived in
rural Ireland and purchasing Italian Biscotti
meant a train ride to Dublin.
Now I know these are better than any store bought ones I have tried.
The method sounds a little fiddly but really it is incredibly simple
maybe just a step more than your usual cookie
But this is what gives these their tooth breaking crunch.

1 large egg
4ozs sugar
1/2 tspn vanilla extract
5 ozs plain flour
1/2 tspn baking powder
1/4 tspn salt
2 ozs whole almonds
3 ozs chocolate chips

Line a baking tray with parchment paper
Pre-heat oven to 350f/180c
Whisk the egg and sugar with an electric whisk until pale, you want it to leave ribbons when you lift the whisk
Add vanilla extract, then fold in flour, salt and baking powder
Add choc chips and almonds
Shape dough into a log approx 10" long which is tapered at each end
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes
Remove and leave to set for 5-10 mins
Slice into biscotti and lay back on the baking tray 
Pop back in oven for 10 mins then turn and cook for a further 5-10 mins
Remove and cool on a wire rack
You can store them in an airtight container for 7-10 days... but

They probably won't last that long.

Photo's by Helen James

Monday, November 22

Sometimes it's the small things....

New table and chair from
for my budding Artist

Photo by Mark Geary

Thursday, November 18

Tom Ford

Tom Ford the modern day Midas
He turned around Gucci
He was THE designer of the nineties
His first movie was oscar nominated
His scents are divine
his eyewear coveted
I have to say I never really liked his Gucci work
I admire him, but it was not to my taste
However, now he has returned to women's wear
and the pieces look exquisite
Tom created a sensation when he decided to show his capsule collection 
to a miniscule 100 selected people
shunning many press and bloggers
and going against the grain of instant gratification.

The pieces are immaculately made and meant to last 
The true future of luxury.

New collection available at his Men's stores

Friday, November 12

10th collection by Eilis Boyle

10th collection from Eilis Boyle on Vimeo.

so beautiful
from the ever talented Eilis Boyle
To see photos from the launch event go
to see more beautiful clothes by Eilis

Thursday, November 11

coming up.....

Tune in tomorrow for the online launch of 
Eilis Boyle's 
10th collection
Fashion Film

Thursday, November 4

I married an Irish farmer

Imen of I married an Irish Farmer

I am both humbled and flattered that the wonderful Imen of 
asked me to do an interview for her wonderful blog.
Her questions were truly thought provoking for me
to read it and find out what I am up to here in New York
click HERE
I look forward to the day Imen and I meet in the real world
for proper teatime


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