On the 5th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Opihr Gin. This gin was designed with an exotic ancient spice route in mind. This gin has a heady spice mix with cardamom rising about the rest. Despite the spicy explosion there is a sweetness from the orange. Iv had it served different ways. Most common is with a slice of grapefruit. However I like it with a sliced red chili and some cardamom pods.

12 Gins to Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me……

First up is Hendricks Gin. I have always had this served with cucumber but while on holidays this year in Spain it was served with a rose petal as well. I really liked it. I also like it served with elderflower tonic.

How do you enjoy yours?

Had a great Breakfast last week up at the Hill of Tara. There isn’t a lot that needs to be said about this place. It’s always Top Quality. Good food. Fresh and clean with great staff and very good coffee. More places could follow.


On a lovely afternoon in the Boyne Valley we headed to Slane Castle for Lunch. Brownes bar is new and I had heard raving reviews. 

Living a short distance from Slane I had never been to the Castle before. Which is a real shame.  As we drove up to the castle it looked amazing. Fabulous grounds and something  so magical about it. 

The entrance into Brownes is really special. Decorated with out door chairs and planters. A really nice walk to the front door. You could close your eyes and imagine been a princess The weather was so good we could have been anywhere. But the real beauty was that we weren’t just anywhere, we were in The Boyne Valley. 

We were lucky to get a table. It was very busy. We opted to sit inside, as nice as it was outside it was a tad cold . Menus dropped by a very polite young girl. 

Really nice information on the menu telling us the story about where the Bar got its name. I can confirm I was as relaxed as Ms Browne was. It was nice to sit there and try to imagine what it looked like back then. 

The menu was limited for me, as I don’t eat red meat or cheese. The only fish option was crab claws and I wasn’t in the mood for this. I did see other guests enjoying them and they looked delicious. But for me I went for a dessert and coffee. Doughnuts with strawberrys. Flavours were Jam and Salted Caramel. Absolutely delicious. So soft and fresh and just the right amount of filling. Coming back again for this and just might treat myself to a glass of prosecco. 

The only criticism I have and it’s not a major one, it seemed to be over staffed, with this leaving the service a bit sloppy, everyone seemed to be a bit like “busy fools” It was difficult to get anyones attention to get the bill. Saying that however it was a very relaxed afternoon and I can’t wait to return with friends. 


Headed over here yesterday for lunch. The place is quite deceiving from the out side, much bigger when you walk in. The decoration is lacking variety, lots of Windows so great light coming into the place. In my opinion it could do with a face lift and some funky lights. 

I ordered their lunch special a cup of soup and a wrap. Changes had to be made to the wrap, no meat or cheese. This wasn’t a problem. The soup was roasted red pepper, missing seasoning and a little sweet, but very enjoyable. Presentation wasn’t great with the soup dripping down the side of the cup. 

The wrap was delicious and was served with leaves underneath. Fresh with a lovely spicy dressing. 

Service was unsatisfactory , no cutlery was dropped to the table or a napkin. My guest had sea food chowder, but didn’t have a knife to butter his bread. Tryed several times to get the waitress attention. She did apologise and advised that she was new, poor girl seemed to be the only one working. The wine list looked very average and not as big as I expected from a wine bar. 

The food was lovely but the building lacked any kind of atmosphere, it was cold and dull. It has great potential to be so much better. 

Corks cafe and Wine Bar

The Good Foor Karma Project is about getting Ireland cooking to help build a healthy nation. 

A quick pop in to my local Smiths SuperValu in Johnstown where they have their in house chef preparing chargrilled beef with horseradish crème fraîche, a great recipe by Kevin Dundon. 

Supervale have a great offer on their steak with 33% off this week end . 
#corrigansays get Ireland cooking, get Ireland shopping at Supervalu 

They have a sale on their wine also , I would pair the Pinot Noir with this dish and it’s only €9.00

Come on Ireland let’s get cooking #foodkarma