Sar and I come here often and I think we've ordered the same thing several times. Would that be boring? Or we simply know what we love! If you fancy a good range of choices from pancakes to creamy mushrooms on toast or just a range of deli delights this is the perfect place! Also, the black-forest hot chocolate is to die for, its my absolute favourite! its not too sweet just a great Sunday treat.
We spent Saturday in Killarney catching up with friends from my university. I was never very good with goodbyes despite the time spent apart I always feel this little bit of sadness. Reminds me of when my dad would say "I'll see you soon". I made some good and kind friends from University, although its been a rough year for me personally, we've had some good times together and I wish them the best! Just a little tribute to our time together I will give each of them a little introduction.
I met Aoife my first day at college, I was lost and we helped each other find the class we were meant to be in. You know how some people talk about fate (yes its freaky!) but I am truly thankful I met her. She's knowledgeable and has a heart of gold as people at home think of when someone says they're Irish. We have so much in common and it is not everyday that you can warm up to someone and just feel its okay to feel vulnerable, worried or plain silly.
I think I met Darragh in the main restaurant in college. We were all just sat there talking about placements and I think the first thing he told me was he had a cousin who lived in Singapore (yes, thankfully he knew where Singapore was!). He turned out to be one of the funniest people I've met in my life. He is just so down to earth you could never be sad around him. We also worked together on our final year project and we shared some inside jokes and gushed over the same men! I mean.. where on earth do you find someone who comes up with the funniest stories to share while working on animal feed together.
Then, there is Maryann, yes we share the same name and that is probably how we met! You cant be in the same class and not get introduced to the other Maryann. We're both cheeky for sure and that's probably what I love about her. Its probably in our names, we are always up for a party and a good time. She reminds me of me somehow before I got a little too serious about life.
Last but not least, I met Vivienne only in our final year. Or at least that was when we started having proper conversations. In that short time, I can say its a pity we did not get more time! She is so talented at make up applications and bonus points she likes reading too! Its so nice to meet a fellow reader and just have a nerdy chat sometimes (well, now I know!). So here are the people I'm friends with from university and if I ever bring them up again in future posts at least you'll get a rough picture who they are.
Brunch at JM. Reidys & Muckross house killarney
I ordered scampi and chips for lunch and I guess what I was hoping for was a more breaded scampi with a nice crispy layer. What I got as you'll see in the picture were prawns slightly breaded! I cant really complain, it was a nice meal and the chips were crispy and the salad was tasty with a citrus like dressing (as I've mentioned I love dressings!) but I would have loved my prawns with a crispy breaded coating (I do get disappointed if I've built expectations in my head). The atmosphere of the restaurant was lovely though! it had a cafe and pub fusion thing going on. I guess the question would be if I would return for a second round? I would like to try other places but I would not rule out JM. Reidy's based on one dish! Sar ordered a smoked salmon dish and he really enjoyed it so I am sure Its a matter of making the right choice the next time.
To be honest, we had a lovely day at Muckross house, I wore a summery dress thinking it was going to be roasting and obviously after living in Ireland (approaching 3 years now!) I should know the weather forecast is not great and best to be prepared for rain and winds always. Apart from my legs freezing and maybe the rest of me, it was all worth it when you're facing nature. Sar did say something interesting to me, that I clashed with nature. If you saw the pictures above he thinks that I don't fit in with the background. I guess its safe to say I will always be a city girl. I was born and raised in a city and that's where I belong. saying that though, Ireland has warmed me up a little no matter how hard it is for me to admit it, I will miss it if I ever leave one day (dear god, I hope I do).
Poached eggs kinda sunday at River Lee Hotel
So, I finally caught up with Mariana and Ronan for poached eggs Sunday! All the dishes were made perfectly and I should specifically highlight the creamy mushrooms with poached eggs. It was just the right amount of creamy and I loved it so much I found it hard to share with Sar (oops!). Maybe next time I could opt for one egg only since its so hard for me to finish two eggs. Mariana had the eggs florentine and from what she shared with me, it had a nice sweet tangy flavour in the sauce (I wonder what was in it?) I'll have to try this dish next time I guess! Which means yes, I would highly recommend brunch at the River Lee especially if you're sat out in the terrace its the perfect ambiance. Although do note, for the time being the restaurant is undergoing some renovations and the terrace is closed.
Sar and I have not seen Mariana and Ronan in awhile.She is one of my besties in Cork and is probably the first person I would ring if I need anything or need a friend. I have not seen her in awhile since I was crazy busy with college. Luckily we did not miss much from each others life apart from the typical book exchange (we're both book lovers and frequently exchange our good reads) and her presenting me with a lovely pair of earrings and a sweet card for finishing college! She wrote me a motivational card and there is something she said that I will always treasure and remember. She reminded me that apart from the piece of paper I will also have proof that I am a strong woman. She always knows how to remind me of my strengths! Everyone needs that one friend who will look at you for everything that's amazing about you.
Nasi goreng in english would mean fried rice. So, you would have definitely tried this dish if you have ordered Malaysian fried rice before. Today was the kind of day that we were craving for food from my home. I decided to go with a typical dish and gave it a healthy twist! Yes, I may have cheated just so I would get this dish done in under 20 minutes or so! So here goes, I cheated by not making the sauce from scratch! Honestly, I was not feeling it but I am sure I can post a typical recipe soon!
Here is what I used for 2 servings:
200g raw brown rice
1 bottle ayam brand nasi goreng sauce
vegetables (whatever you like)
1 block of silken tofu
Firstly, I got my rice boiling in a rice cooker (you should own one if you cook rice often! It saves you time and helps you avoid burning rice). Then, stir fry the mushrooms and vegetables with the sauce (no oil). Made the tofu separately, its very delicate and soft so you could boil it or steam it! After which, I carefully mixed the tofu with the rest of the ingredient mix and added it onto rice. Lastly, I fried the eggs till it was nicely cooked but just a bit runny in the yolk (that is the way we like it but honestly you can cook it any way you like as I've said before).
The verdict on this dish is its nicely spiced and a filling dish for those who are looking to add calories without meat, tofu is a great substitute!
This is one of my favourite meals to make! I got the recipe for high fiber scones from "odlums". Its very simple and easy to make and only takes 20 minutes of your time!
I made some changes to the original recipe and this is what I used and it serves 2:
125g self-raising flour
125g wholemeal flour
25g olive oil spread
150ml unsweetened almond milk
Firstly, mix the olive oil spread into the flour mixture and add the milk at the end and mix well. I usually scoop them into muffin trays just to help with the shape of the scones and bake them at 180°C for 20 minutes. After which I spread a nice layer of low fat greek yogurt and place strips of smoked salmon on top of it with a sprinkle of parsley. I love squeezing some lemon juice on top of it, the flavours blend perfectly together. I know some people prefer using crème fraîche for a creamy and full flavour, and I have them that way sometimes for a treat. Whatever you choose, its a great recipe and its easy to make when you've had a busy day and craving for something refreshing and healthy!
I was hooked from the very first page. This book looks at 3 peoples perspective on racism. It involves an African American nurse, a neo-nazi and his wife who loses their baby and blame the nurse for what happened and how they take her to court for murder and she is represented by a white American lawyer who refuses to discuss racism as defense in a court room. By the end of the book, It struck a cord in me. It is such a sensitive topic but Jodi Picoult tackled it impressively. It makes you question your own perceptions. Does everyone of us have some racism in us without thinking too much about it? Love and hate has such a fine line and both feelings are so strong it drives people to do crazy things. I can't express how I felt about the powerful ending to the story. It was deep and I loved how three different people got their stories told. The power of love was also explicitly told through each of their stories and it got me thinking about my own feelings towards others.
My verdict: I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars! Definitely, worth a read if you want to live in the shoes of each character and feel strong emotions from Jodi Picoult's words.
Grilled salmon,red lentil pasta with rosso pesto & a sprinkle of parmesan served with classic caesar salad
So since I have all the time on my hands I decided to start making new dishes and decide how complementary flavors can get on my own (although I am sure there are books out there!) I would prefer to go on this sensory journey on my own. Firstly, I should say red lentil pasta is divine! If you fancy trying an alternative to wheat pasta, definitely start with this one. Maybe because I love lentils, this makes it doubly delicious. Now, about the pairing, I simply grilled the salmon with a small bit of olive oil (Greek!). The touch of parmesan melted on hot pasta with rosso sauce gave the dish a sweet full flavour which went perfectly with the plain grilled salmon. mmm yum! I know the salad looks like it has lots of dressing (I do love my dressings), an alternative would be low fat yogurt or no dressing at all! I have plain salads twice a week at least and its refreshing! Some days, I would toss it with some olive oil and vinegar and its perfect. Have your pick over your veges and how you like them, just as long as you are having them everyday!