The older children wanted a holiday A hotel stay with a one and two year, leaving us confined to a hotel room from early evening didn’t seem all that appealing, so for this year, while the babies are still so young, we settled on a weekend away in a house in Cork, where the older children had a garden in the evenings if they wanted to be out.
The kids had a lovely weekend and were thrilled to be away from home.
I coudn’t spend a weekend in Cork without sharing some foodie highlights with you.
We had dinner one night in The Paragon Bar in Skibbereen. The food here is delicious and when one year old Harry burst into his version of Let it Go, at the top of his voice in true rockstar mode, we weren’t asked to leave, always a bonus. I had Bombay Pantry curry and Mr. SimplyHomemade had Chicken stuffed with Black Pudding, both dishes were absolutely delicious. The children, who were made welcome, each thoroughly enjoyed their meals too, and they had their jug of cordial topped up regularly.
Le Jolie Brise in Baltimore was the destination for breakfast (ok second breakfast, we did have fruit, toast & coffee before leaving the house!) The children indulged themselves with lovely Chocolate Croissants, while Mr. SimplyHomemade had mouthwatering Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs. The coffee here is also excellent!
A visit to Schull Farmers Market saw us pick up some delicious delights for Sunday lunch; gorgeous salads, Feta & Olive, Butterbean, Buffalo Mozarella and a delicious Pesto, all from The Real Olive Company. Pizza Slices, Hummus and Brioche from Jules and Ians fresh baking, cupcakes from Ra Ra’s Cupcakes and the children got a lovely selection of fudge from Mella’s Fudge.
A trip to Cork isn’t complete without a visit to the English Market, so once the children had visited their shops of choice, that’s where we went.
The wealth of delicious, fresh food on offer here is just amazing. I shopped until it was starting to look like poor Harry would have to walk because his buggy would fall apart from the weight of everything!
Highlights for me from this shopping spree included; Smoked Mussels in a Wholegrin Mustard Sauce from Frank Hederman, the best value Coconut flour from Mr. Bell’s, delicious chocolates from the Chocolate Shop, where each of the children took turns in picking their own selection of chocolates, even Abbie, who very proudly asked the very nice and very patient lady for two chocolate sheep for herself and Harry; and the delicious Arbutus Sourdough from On The Pigsback.
We made our way home completely laden down and it was a pleasure to cook fresh puddings and sausages for everyone to adorn their sourdough bread with for tea before getting them all off to bed and enjoying my own selection from the Chocolate Box bought for me by Mr SimplyHomemade with a well earned glass of wine.
*English Market photo from Google.