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Spring Cleaning 101 – Part 6– Baths and Jacuzzis

About eight years ago or so I discovered an outlet during what can only be described as probably the most stressful couple of years I have ever managed to muddle through. Who knew that the planting of some hedging and a small rose garden at the time would lead this accidental gardener to develop one of the most fulfilling, fascinating, joyous and let’s be honest, somewhat backbreaking glorious pass-times. I […]

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Cian’s Apple Cake

Community spirit is at the heart of Westport, as local businesses come together during these unprecedented times. The owner and head chef of Cian’s on Bridge Street, Cian Hayes, will be opening a pop-up restaurant experience in Hotel Westport on 3rd July: Cian’s at Hotel Westport. Bringing a unique take on the menu ordinarily served at his award-winning restaurant to Hotel Westport, the pop-up will take advantage of the large […]

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Spring cleaning 101!

Spring Cleaning 101 – Part 4 – Grass stains in clothes

There is nothing so glorious as the smell of freshly cut grass. It is one of those smells that takes you back to those fabulous happy childhood memories, the ones that completely transport you. Some folks might see grass cutting as a chore, including me. However, I must admit that I love the fact it is a chore which allows the kids to get involved and I can, therefore, spend […]

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Pear Bakewell Pie

Ingredients: 450 g shortcrust pastry 100 g unsalted butter (at room temperature) 100 g icing sugar 100 g ground almonds 8 pears halved 25 g plain flour 2 large eggs 50g flaked almond Apricot jam (to glaze) Method: Grease a 12” tart tin or 1 muffin tray and pre-heat oven to 180°C. Roll out the pastry and line the tart tin or muffin tray and trim the edges. In a bowl […]

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Spring cleaning 101!

Spring Cleaning 101 – Part 3 – Cleaning & Polishing Stainless Steel

Ice cream seems to have become a daily ritual in this house. A bonus of this little pleasure is that it seems to smooth over almost all the disagreements which have occurred throughout the day, most especially as everyone is getting a little bored of each other’s company. The only disadvantage to the creamy deliciousness is that tiny hands and lips tend to slobber its gloopy melted mess all over […]

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Hotel Westport’s Yeast Bread

INGREDIENTS – 2 lb of bread flour (strong) – 2 oz of fresh yeast – 6 fl oz of milk – 6 fl oz of cold water – 6 fl oz of warm water – 1 TSP of salt – 1 TBSP of sugar – 1 egg – 1 oz of melted butter – egg wash – Flavour options: Onion, Bacon, Poppy Seeds, Nuts, Tomato, Basil, Parmesan etc. METHOD – […]

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Coconut scones

Hotel Westport’s Coconut Scones

Enjoy these delicious scones with some clotted cream and jam.     Ingredients  1 lb od Self Raising Flour 4 oz of Butter (flora) 4 oz of Caster Sugar 2 Large Eggs 3 fl oz of Milk Coconut Flakes Method In a bowl place flour, butter and sugar mix together until you get something that resembles breadcrumbs Add in the eggs and milk and mix together to make a dough […]

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Spring cleaning 101!

Spring Cleaning 101 – Part 2 – Washing Windows with Vinegar

This glorious weather has certainly put a real spring in my step and given me the energy I need to tackle improving my view into the amazing landscape I am so incredibly lucky to call home. Everything around the house has taken a beating from that harsh Atlantic wind and incessant rain throughout the winter, especially with the number of bad storms we had to endure this year. Whilst the […]

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Easter Dark Chocolate Tart

Hotel Westport’s Easter Dark Chocolate Tart

Planning your Easter Sunday Lunch? This tart is perfect for dessert. It’s easy to make and is beautifully rich and decadent. You could even decorate with mini Easter eggs if you want to make it a real Easter treat. Ingredients CREAM CHOCO FILLING – 200 ml OF CREME FRAICHE – 200 ml OF CREAM – 300 g OF DARK CHOCOLATE – 1 ESPRESSO – 1 TSP OF VANILLA – 2 […]

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