The BEST Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at the Westin Hotel

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Hello my lovelies! Its time for a very typical Ladypennyfeather post! Its time to hear me wax lyrical about yet another afternoon tea. BUT I promise you all, this happens to be my very, very favorite afternoon tea. It is drumroll The Westin’s Most Peculiar Afternoon Tea.

Why is this my favorite? It is a modern, topsy turvy take on the traditional afternoon tea! I posted a picture of the menu so have a little look and I challenge you not to feel your tummy rumble and your mouth water! The very best part is instead of tea, you’re served a mojito in a teapot, which is oh so hipster but still oh so sweet! And a more delicious take on a mojito I have yet to find!

The tea is served in the beautiful Atrium Lounge which looks like your sitting in an outdoor courtyard! So dreamy! It really is the perfect place to  while away the hours having girly chats and plotting to take over the world!!

Go grab your mother, girlfriends or reluctant boy and try it out!

Evening Meal at the The Cliff House Hotel

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Hello everyone. I wanted to share a  really special meal with you all. I love to eat out and a few weeks ago I ate the most delicious meal of my life. Not only was it the most delicious, it was also the most creative, artistic meal I have ever had! The Cliff House Hotel is a fabulous boutique spa hotel in Ardmore Co Waterford. Now when I say it’s one of the loveliest hotels in the world I may be a little biased as I live in Ardmore, but it totally is. Having an evening meal there is a real special occasion so that Friday night my mother, brother and I got all dolled up and headed out for a night of cullinary delights!

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I had:

King Crab & Chicken: Chicken Poached & Confit, King Crab Salad & Steak, Garden Celery, Lettuce, Sesame, Bloody Mary 

 Irish Rose Veal: Striploin Stuffed & Oven Roasted, Green Asparagus, Gnocchi, Sweetbreads, Thyme, Veal Jus

Organic Chocolate 65 %: Crème, Ganache, Caramelized, 24 Carat Gold, Olive Oil, Apricot, Sea Salt, ‘White’ Coffee Ice Cream  

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Everything was mouthwatering, it was one of those meals where at the end you wish you weren’t full so you could start all over again! I think the highlight for me was the crab starter. I’m a huge fan of crab and order it where ever I go. This had to be one of the best crab dishes I have ever tasted! If you’re ever in Ardmore call in and have a bite to eat at the bar, if the weather is good sit out and have a cocktail on the terrace. I’ve often sat outside and felt like I’m in a foreign country!  Until next time my lovelies!

Healthy(ish) Delicious Fudge

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Hello my lovelies and welcome to my first ever recipe post! Since this blog is all about things I love and little things that make me happy I felt I just HAD to include this recipe for Lucuma Fudge. Not only do I want to share this recepie I want to share the incredible lady behind the fudge! Susan Jane White is a nutritional chef who runs an amazing blog and published a cookbook called The Extra Virgin Kitchen. It sounds very melo dramatic but I think buying her cookbook has changed my relationship with food. It’s so much more than a healthy recipe book, it changes how you think about food and also Susan proves you dont have to sacrifice amazing flavour to eat healthily. Just stop right now and go check out her website. Well maybe wait until you’ve finished reading this!

Anyway enough rambling and praising, you’ll have to go figure out how awesome she is yourself! This recipe is so simple and amazingly quick to make. It is the most delicious substitute for my chocolate cravings. I had never heard of Lucuma powder before. It comes from a fruit that is too perishable to ship to Ireland so we can only get it in powder form. It has a wonderful rich sweet taste. I buy mine from the Avoca Rathcoole, if you cant make it there try health food shops or Fallon and Byrne if you live in Dublin.

You will need: 

4 tablespoons coconut oil

8 tablespoons  ground almonds

3 tablespoons lucuma powder

2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla powder

Instructions:

Line a small container with cling film.

Melt the coconut oil over a low heat.

Once melted stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix with a fork.

It should now look like sand, taste and adjust the sweetness or saltiness to your prefrence.

Pour into the container and place in fridge for 1 hour.

Try not to eat it all at once!

 

Oh Me Oh My What A Lovely Day

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Yesterday, I took a little break from my usual Sunday routine and escaped to the magical, chaotic, creative world of Oh Me Oh My DIY! A few months ago my friend and fellow blogger Grace of StyleMe G told me about the event. I was seriously impressed and wanted to sign up straight away! So basically its a DIY/craft event run in a secret location in Cork work run by some badass girls with seriously amazing ideas! This event was Autumn themed and the decor and colour schemes were beautiful and rustic! We had five demonstrations from some very talented people and the we had a go at making some creations ourselves! I left feeling ver inspired and motivated to try more little DIY projects at home!

We were all given the most adorable goodie bags full of little treats and vouchers and an Image magazine!

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Firstly, Jack from The Rocket Man showed us how to pickle, make cheese from yogurt and how to preserve lemons! It was a lot to take in but he gave out notes and recipes so we could go over them later!

Jack the Rocket Man!

Jack the Rocket Man!

Then, the beautiful Alice Halliday taught us how to up cycle our old clothes! We were told to bring a garment we didn’t wear anymore but wanted to fall back in love with! She provided us with, buttons, trimmings and lots of other bits and bobs to help us transform out old clothes. Alice was one of the sweetest and most talented ladies I have ever met! She even brought along a dress she made for Florence of Florence and the Machine! Now that was seriously impressive!

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We then stopped for an out of this world amazing lunch provided for us by the Rocket Man. There was lots of yummy salad and cheese and sourdough bread and humus! We were all stuffed by the time the next class started!

After Lunch we had Kyle Lane talk to us about upcycling old furniture and she gave us a fun project to do! We created wall hangings out of wood with our initials on them and a little hook for keys or jewellery! I’ll take a picture of mine once I’ve found somewhere to hang it! Kyle is a fellow Tipperary woman and is based in Clonmel! She also gave us some really good tips for finding old furniture and little project ideas!IMG_2001

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Next, was a lesson on millinery by Aoife of Potty but Posh! We learnt how to make beautiful little hats made of netting and felt common in the 1950’s! It was a little tricky but we all got the hang of it in the end! You can see the hats we made in the picture below and I cant wait to try it again at home in cream an gold which will propably go with a lot more of my outfits!

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Then, a little break for dessert and more tea before the last class began! The was beautiful seasonal tarts and cake and some monkey nuts!

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The last class was taught by Jill from Wild Floral Couture. This was my favourite part! Jill was so enthusiastic and gave us so many helpful tips about collecting our own wild flowers and plants. We made beautiful flower arrangements and although it wasnt as easy as she made it look they all turned out fabulous!

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There were cocktails at the end and a big family photo! It was just so lovely to spend a day with like minded souls, all of us a little creative and interested in learning more skills! Thank you to all the demonstrators and the girls who organised it! Such an inspiring, fantastic day! I really think anyone who enjoys making beautiful things or really wants to start getting into DIY would love the event! Go check out their facebook page and have a look at their pictures! OhMeOhMyDIY

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What I Wore: Family Pizza Night

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Jacket: Vintage from Mercury Retrograde, Dress: from Siopaella originally from Warehouse, Tights: H&M, Shoes: Kurt Geiger.

Hello darlings! Its time for another What I Wore! This was a very impromptu little photo shoot. My family and I were boating all afternoon and were all starving and too lazy to cook when we were finished! So a pizza night was the perfect solution. So without time to wash or dry my hair I go dressed and begged my boyfriend to take some pics! It was my first time wearing the vintage jacket from Mercury Retrograde and I was so happy with how it looks! The colour matches my dress perfectly!

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We ate at an Italian I had never been to before called the Green Barn restaurant outside Youghal. It was delish. I had crab cakes to start which were lovely and a very big portion so I could share! The pizza was grand, not the best I have ever had but still yummy! It was such a lovely evening, I miss family time when I’m up in Dublin most of the year!

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We were too stuffed to get dessert so My mother dropped my boyfriend and I in the Ardmore Village and we went for a little walk and had an ice cream before walking home across the beach. Bliss! I love when days turn out to be amazing without any planning or anything massive happening! Until next time my darlings! xxx