Hello Dublin!

Last week I was in London, where the food scene is UHMAZING! I made it to Deliciously Ella’s Mae Deli, Cutter and Squidge, and Crumbs and Doilies…I’ve been dying to try each of these for ages now! And I’ll have a few recipes inspired by that ‘London Look’ in the next couple of weeks. It really is a place to visit, foodie or no foodie.


I will be working in a top cookery school in Dublin from here on out. I’ll be the digital content manager, so I’ll be doing the school’s blogging, snapping, Facebook, Tweeting, and Instagram. A dream job really!

I’m so excited for this next chapter. I can’t wait to meet other food bloggers, chefs, social media influencers, and others in the industry. I’m so ready to live in a fast-paced city again, and Dublin is such a cool place for food. Moving and starting a new job can be a little bit daunting, but I’ve a great support system up in Dublin, and it’s nice having a sis in the same time zone!

Switching gears to another fast-paced city, actually in my home state of CALIFORNIA(knows how to party). I’m taking you to Los Angeles for a minute. L.A. Lady Magazine is pulled up on my phone and laptop a lot as of lately. And who doesn’t have screenshots of inspirational quotes saved on their phone? Well L.A. Lady Magazine interviews the most badass women in L.A. at the moment. They really do strive to provide inspiration and content about strong women. Their stories are motivating and remind me why I started/ have far I’ve come. So if you’re feeling a little weary(I will definitely be referring to the Mag when I start the new job Monday!), definitely take a look. One of my food heroes, Brandi Milloy is among the ladies interviewed! I share a couple of my favorite snippets below.I faced a major obstacle breaking my ankle, and having the scare of having a second operation. It was terrifying, the possibility of a second operation. But I remain positive, and in some way it was a blessing, being told to quit a professional kitchen, it has lead me to a job that is a combo of everything I love.

Here’s to a new start! Don’t worry, I won’t stop creating my own recipes and projects! I’m feeling so motivated. And by the way, there is a HUGE number of subscribers, so thank you!! You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more drooling.



First live demo done!

Thank you everyone who came out to my live demo this past Sunday! A huge congrats to Helen and Niamh for organizing a fabulous Bealtaine festival! And thank you to all the speakers who shared their stories with us. It was a wonderful, and such unique weekend to be a part of.

It was my first live demo, and yeah I was a ball of nerves the size of Texas, but it went well!I wanted to give my first demo on Bere Island, because it’s where I started writing and photographing my blog. There was a big crowd, about 30, much bigger than I anticipated. Once I got a little more comfortable and my nerves calmed, it was a fun hour! So I’ll be publishing my recipes over the next couple of days, so stay tuned!

Thank you again for those who attended. Hope you learned something new, and are inspired to use what’s on our front doorstep here in West Cork!

Coming up on the blog this week:







It is certianly not the last demo I’ll be doing, so stay subscribed!


Demo this Sunday!

What are your weekend plans?

Mark your calendars: the Celtic Festival of Bealtaine on Bere Island this May bank holiday weekend!

I’m giving a cookery demonstration on Sunday at 1pm, and it’s sure to be YUMMY! You’ll walk away with a print-out of my recipes, and try some samples!

All my recipes are going to be guilt-free, and the natural ingredients can be sourced from your back yard!

Details below, and hope to see some of you there:

Awakening Traditions: Bealtaine Festival on Bere Island

Catching up!

Hello! Sorry for the lack of blog posts! will have recipes up over the next couple of days! I have been traveling, pretty much for the last three weeks to and from California, and through Ireland.

I was in San Francisco for my brother’s wedding, which was just a beautiful ceremony! I also was so thrilled that my borther and his wife(my new sixth sis!) asked me to make their wedding cake! It was a first for me, so not totally stress free, but so much fun, and it came out better than I expected. Wedding cakes and celebration cakes are something I do see myself doing during the coming year. (*So get in touch if you live in Beara/Cork if you have a special day coming up!*)

It was the first time I was in San Francisco, my hometown, in two years! I pigged out on really delicious food, and had a lot of family and friend time. Upon returning back to Ireland, I realize I have fallen back in love with The City by the Bay. So thank you to all my family and friends for showing me all that SF has, and how awesome of a city it is!

I also attended a friend’s wedding just outside of Cork. East Cork is such a beautiful part of the country, and their venue was nothing short of beautiful.

And lastly, I spent Paddy’s weekend in Dublin with my twin sister. You cannot beat family time. I had such a great time with the twin and exploring Dublin.  Dublin is such a cool city, with some delicious foodie spots, so this visit really did not disappoint!

I’ll have some new recipes up on the blog over the next couple of days. I am also going to give my blog a little makeover, just to make it a little easier to navigate/find those specific recipes!

And stay tuned for all food news(some cool things on the way!) by subscribing!

Happy Easter!! xoxo




Radio appearance AND COMPETITION time!!

On Sunday I did my first radio appearance! Ahhh! I was a a total ball of nerves, and I’m sure my answers come across a little vague/a bit all over the map due to that. BUT I had a  blast and it was SOOO cool to see another side of the industry. I can totally see myself doing it again,as it’s such an exciting way to promote and be part of the food industry.

But for now, listen in to the February 14th Segment, and enter the competition!! It’s such a an awesome prize, if I do say so myself! You can win a one-on-one photography session with me 🙂 All you have to do is cook one of my recipes, and post your best picture on The Food Hour’s Facebook Wall(you can find that link HERE). The deadline is Sunday, February 21, so get cookin’! Have fun, and good luck!!



c.hall 2016

Hello everyone! Hope you are all well! I feel like I’ve somewhat neglected my Blog, (I haven’t written since December!!)! Sorry to keep you waiting!

So to update: I am brainstorming a few recipes, just need to test and tweak a  little more and there will be a post in the next week!

I am also taking on a couple of exciting projects outside of the blog (and on top of my job as a pastry chef), but my blog will be updated frequently now that I’m getting back into routine after the holidays. Be to sure to subscribe to my blog so you can get the latest recipes/news/offers!

Hope you all had a lovely holiday season. I cooked my first big Christmas meal, and I am fairly happy with how it came out!! I also had my Cinnamon Rolls be featured in West Cork Times-definitely worth giving a go!!

Here’s what my menu looked like:

1 10 lb turkey

3 types of potatoes: rosemary gratin, spinach and potato gratin, mashed potato

a whole heap of herb-filled stuffing

brussel sprouts and almonds

spiced red cabbage

a medley of roasted winter veg


The spinach and potato gratin was the winner of the sides: it was just the right consistency of of creaminess, the potatoes were a little al dente, and the spinach added that tanginess. I would love to hear what your favorite dishes were around the holiday, and if you would like me to share any of these recipes?! Do get in touch!

c.hall 2016

Featured recipe on KptnCook!

Ahhh I’m sooo excited-I couldn’t wait to post this any longer.

Holy shiitake! My recipe for Peanut Butter Curry is going to be featured on @kptncookapp TOMORROW! @kptncookapp is an awesome app that shares 30 minute meals everyday-makes healthy and wholesome cooking easy! Go download the app tonight and check it out tomorrow! Also, how gorgeous are these photos the Kptns took?!




On Sunday I attended BLOGGERCONF. The event took place in the Marker Hotel, Dublin, which is stunning!

There was a great line up of speakers: Barbara Scully, Samantha Kelly from Tweeting Goddess, and Niamh from Gourmet Grazing, as well as Simeon Quarrie from Canon, Anouska from anouska.net …just to name NOT even a handful! The MC was the FAB James Patrice. It was Emma O’Farrell who organized the event, and she is a SUPER WOMAN.

It was such an inspiring and motivating day. Hearing everyone talk and network with other bloggers really made me want to come home, cook up a storm, work on my photography (definitely want to get a new piece or two of equipment within next couple of months!), and get typing on my computer! I am so happy I attended. Not to mention I won an incredible Caravelle NY watch, which is gorgeous. And so perfect for keeping track of time when I stick a dish in the oven!

I will definitely be keeping my eye on events such as this, it’s a great way to meet others in similar shoes. Speaking of shoes, the fashion was ON POINT! I was in my element being surrounded by fashion and makeup bloggers, although I am a food blogger, I do love my bit of shopping and browsing the magazines over a coffee.

I have some EXCITING plans/ideas in mind for my blog over the next couple of months, so if you haven’t subscribed to cookinwithcarmel.com, be sure to do so! Also follow me on Instagram and Twitter 🙂

It was an incredible event, so thank you to all the organizers, sponsors(goodie bags were AWESOME!), and my fellow bloggers-great meeting you! And keep in touch! xx


#COOKINGFORACAUSE is my personal project that I’m so happy to write about. From Day 1, I’ve wanted to help people through my blog. Cork ARC is an incredible organization that provides aid to those fighting cancer and in remission. ARC offer so much: counseling, therapy, and support groups.

I’m so pleased to say that my Cauliflower Steak is PACKED with cancer-fighting nutrients. A great recipe idea for those in or after treatment. Any recipe I’d like to be posted on to ARC’s page, has to go through a nutritionist, that way, patients get the most out of their dish.