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The Peace Bridge Crossing The River Foyle

The Peace Bridge spans the River Foyle in the city of Derry-Londonderry, in Northern Ireland. It was opened on 25 June 2011, by the EU Commisioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn. The First and deputy First Ministers for Northern Ireland – Peter Robinson and Martin McGuiness, were in attendance, as well as the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny. It was built […]

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A Year in the Garden 2019

After an extended blogging break, I am continuing the tradition of posting highlights from my garden from the previous year. January/February/March   April/May/June   July/August/September   October/November/December If you look back on A Year in the Garden 2018 the 2019 growing season is a little behind that of 2018, which was exceptionally advanced. A Year in the Garden – 2017 […]

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Seafood Chowder Recipe

Seafood chowder is a comforting dish, especially good on cold winter nights. It is also easy and quick to prepare. Perfect for the holiday season. Ingredients 500g fresh white fish – I used haddock 500g fresh salmon fillets 200g cooked jumbo prawns – I used frozen 1 litre milk or unsweetened soya or almond milk 3 large potatoes, peeled and […]

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Clootie Dumpling Recipe

Clootie dumpling is a steamed pudding, usually eaten at Christmas or New Year (Hogmanay). The term Clootie comes from the Scottish word cloot (clothe) which encases the dumpling while it is cooking. My mother always made a clootie dumpling for Christmas, and I have carried on this tradition. Ingredients 500g plain flour 500g mixed dried fruit (I used a mix […]

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Triple Layer Pavlova Recipe

In 2015, my pavlova style changed forever after witnessing Welsh actor Michael Sheen’s winning triple layer pavlova  on “Great British Comic Relief Bake Off. ” Michael used passion fruit and lemon curd for his filling – a beautiful combination. The following is my version – perfect for a Christmas dessert. Preparation Preheat oven to 150 C/ 140 for fan assisted oven. […]

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Indie Authors: How to be Featured in Publishers Weekly

Indie Authors did you know you can have your book featured in Publishers Weekly? Publishers Weekly Select You can have your book featured through PW Select for $149. “PW Select is an entry-level marketing program that gives you: – feature placement for one month on BookLife.com – a listing in Publishers Weekly‘s print and online editions with your book cover, synopsis […]

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