A quiet month after the excesses of the festive season. Fennel & Mushroom Ragu made an appearance on the blog. And I make it at least once a month as a great freezer filler.
The month of romance. And Valentine's Day birthdays for the two Mammies. Red Velvet Cupcakes were a bit hit.
Full of wonderful things including the launch of Real Italian Foodies range of pasta sauces (coming to a new retailer near you very soon, I believe) and my waffling in Isle Magazine about my love for Belfast. Oh and Ethan's 10th birthday so I made an epic Skull Cake for him.
Babaduck managed to get shortlisted for a Britmums Brilliance in Blogging award, which was lovely. I celebrated by making homemade Mushroom Soup and having a girls brunch with Lucy in Paris Bakery. Actually, the highlight was being invited to be a judge at the Irish leg of the Great Taste Awards 2013.
A quick trip to Belfast with The Hubs where we had a memorable dinner at Mourne Seafood Bar. I returned to my old primary school thanks to Innocent and gave the kids a hands-on demo.
Off to France we went, where we ate lots of delicious food including this impromptu French Strawberry Pudding and I instagrammed lots of photos of my view from the sunlounger.
Dodgy Back kept me very quiet for a few weeks so once I had made this impressive Pride Cake for Kerrie and Joyce, I took an enforced rest.
Back with more of a whimper than a bang, I made Plum, Almond & Vanilla cake to sweeten my return. I also 'fessed up to some internet shopping from my sickbed - only to make these pretty chocolate sable biscuits (more of these later...).
My birthday month and we celebrated at The Park in Arklow where Orla and Colin prepared a feast for us. The Childerbeasts decided to bake me a cake too. At the end of the month, we went on a little trip to Lille and London to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
This was a whirlwind of a month - remember those Chocolate Sable Biscuits in August? They ended up in Sainsbury's Magazine! It was also the month of the Pear - a giant bucket from the Parentals got used in 4 very different ways.
A chill in the air brought Italian Sausage Stew, full of warming vegetables and spicy Italian sausage. To bring a bit of sweetness, those pears reappeared in the form of Chocolate, Pear & Mascarpone Cake.
Crowning glory this month was winning the Office Bake-Off. There was some very stiff competition and we raised much needed funds for hurricane relief in the Philippines. My winning entry was a Raspberry & Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Baileys Icing. I only managed to snag a small slice as it vanished in less than an hour! Oh, and my Christmas Cheese Star biscuits appeared in the launch edition of Brilliant Baking magazine.
Looking back, it's been a very busy year and I hope that 2014 brings as much fun as 2013 did (but less dodgy back and health scares, ta...). Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year