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Monday, June 27, 2011

Treat yourself to a Lemon Meringue Tart

Sweet pastry, French lemon cream filling, and vanilla meringue.
made with irish butter, sugar, and local free range eggs

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Julia Child

i've been totally addicted to watching julia child recently on youtube. today i made her casserole baked chicken with tarragon, its stuffed with a mushroom stuffing. i got the recipe from her world famous book: "mastering the art of french cooking," which she introduced american home cooks to the wonders of french cooking, this was in the 50's when everyone cooked from a box or can opener. a kitchen revolutionary. her television show "the french chef" was the first of its kind making her the first television chef. if you havent watched the film "julie and julia," which was made two or so years ago, meryl streep does a great impression of the quirky julia child, her years in paris and abroad. i also just rewatched the film in my julia child obbsessed haze, which is also why i made her recipe tonight. it was so worth it, im definately making it again... sorry there wasn't time to take a photo. got eaten real fast!


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Sorry....been a little busy..

Yes, I know it's been two weeks since my last blog...
we have been a little busy!
Here are a few pic's of some new items at the bakery....

We are now carrying products from The Real Olive Company
The buffalo milk mozzarella they make is beautiful!

Come in for sandwiches, cakes, our poppy seed salad dressing, bread, organic veg and more!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The New Business...The Old Business and the Business side of things!

Sometimes i wonder why i do the things I do.. .opening a new business is slightly stressful...but top that with...One of my main full time employees going back to Poland to get married, have a great time Kasia, (she will be back in two weeks), having a stall at a music and art festival on Sat and Sun..Then another market on Sunday, our opening party tomorrow...AND its a bank holiday weekend... Crazy..!!
Kasia and Taylor have been baking like mad...trying to stock up for the weekend in store...the cafe has been pretty busy, and I have two new employees that I have been training in for the last week or so.. they have been great... Kasia has been training with Taylor on the bakery side of things, so its all been good...but I am starting to stress out...
The bakery is turning out to be a really cool space...we have turned old doors into display tables and I am trying to use anything and everything that I have to keep the costs down...Richard has some old sinks from jobs in the past, they weren't very deep, so he came up with the idea of using a shower attachment instead of really expensive kitchen taps with a high neck, I have old lights that I bought 10 years ago, thinking they were going to be used for my first cafe in Kinsale..all of the refridgeration is second hand...the concept for the bakery is to re-use or recycle as much as we can...the tiles were all end of line, or super cheap at B&Q..instead of paying a fortune for brick shaped tiles, the tiler(a friend) cut each 6x6 tile in half to create a brick effect tile...It really exciting and slightly scary to be expanding my business during a recession, but...we needed the space to be able to produce's a catch 22, you need to spend money to make money, and the bigger your business the bigger the I pray that this summer is good to us!
Here are a few photos of the new venture...come down tomorrow, have a drink and a chocolate peanut butter cupcake with carmelized bacon or a mini moon-pie... :)