Swedish Meatballs

Yet another family Christmas cookie recipe – here’s my family’s variation on the classic jam thumbprint cookie.

Using a shortbread base, the cookie is rolled in chopped pecans. Once baked and topped with jam, they look suspiciously like Swedish Meatballs and lingonberry sauce.

A poem for Ireland

From October 2018, these lines were pulled together quickly during a weekly Ó Bheal poetry challenge in Cork city, and continue to resonate with me an ex-pat living in Ireland throughout the Trump and Brexit years.

Off to the Museums

One thing I’d been anticipating about moving to Washington, DC is the chance to finally visit all the Smithsonians. My only memory of visiting the Smithsonian back in the day is the Air and Space museum, not exactly my cup of tea now. I pictured spending my days in the National Museum of the American […]


Just in time for madememay and with only a few minor delays, may I present my Improv cardigan, improvised for yours truly as part of the Fringe Association KAL last autumn to make the most of two beautiful big skeins of pink linen. The pattern starts with bear claw lace and lots of short rows, […]


I went to make a quick salad for dinner on Friday night, as you do. It turned out great! It was such a satisfying meal and a real snapshot of what has happened to my cooking while living in Ireland. I can’t stop giggling about the name I came up with! Recipe is below. Being […]