Category Archives: the things you make

Irish Brown Bread Scone Recipe by Debbie

Irish Brown Bread Scone Recipe - image of freshly baked scones and cups of tea

Yesterday evening i sat in a sitting room filled with the smell of laundry drying and brown bread scones baking. It must have been the warmest, loveliest combination of smells. Made more all the more lovely by Debbie (who made them) giving one to Mikey Fleming Likes This to take home with him on his cycle home. And all this after we had all sat out in the last of the sun and listened to Leonard Cohen and drank beer (fake beer for me) and chatted. Pretty great for a tuesday. So Debbie kindly shared the recipe. I was asked if i’d like “The Debbie makey-upey one or the ready mix one?”

The Debbie Makey-Upey Irish Brown Bread Scone Recipe

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Gluten Free Lemon & Poppyseed Tea Cake

Gluten Free Lemon and Poppyseed Tea Cake

I had the pleasure of chomping through this at a friend’s house and was kind of shocked that it was good. It’s gluten free and i associate that phrase with people who look like they’re having less fun than those of us eating all the gluten.

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how to: make a bicycle coffee cup-holder

Cycling to work in Dublin is great. The only tough thing about getting to work by bike, is that, unlike buses or trams or walking, it never really allowed one to drink coffee on the way. I’m happy to say i managed to sort this out.

how to make a bicycle coffee cup-holder

NB. Step 1: The coffee cup-holder should not be stuck to a woman’s fallopian tubes, that is the front view of bicycle handlebars.

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Who knew short stories weren’t just for kids, emo-teens or weird old writery men?

Wordlegs: 30 Under 30. Short Stories by Young Irish Writers
Image courtesy of Cathal Sherlock at Wordlegs

Last Tuesday i went along to the launch of an ebook ‘wordlegs presents: 30 Under 30’. The initiative of Elizabeth Reapy who is a writer herself hailing from Mayo. Mayo to me looks pretty much exactly the same as Lord of the Rings so i’m inclined to think people from there are more magic and better than average Irish people. If you want to subscribe to this theory (it doesn’t involve any newsletters, not that kind of subscribe) then you may think Elizabeth more magic than the rest of us too.

I’m not officially a fan of short stories*…I definitely border on the sceptical, (yes, of a whole area of literature, I know) but for the sake of something different to do on a Tuesday, i went to a launch.

*I am however a fan of short stories with pictures. Also wrongly referred to as ‘children’s books’. Those books are for everyone.

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Amazing Sports Photography

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Originally from Waterford, Ireland, Brian Grogan completed a degree in fine art print and then upped sticks and moved to Melbourne, home of everything lovely, where he is working as a graphic designer.

I love these photos. They make me want to watch sport. Which is not something i often have a craving for. I think that’s why they amazed me.


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