WiFi in Killarney

I’m happy to announce that we’re now offering free WiFi to customers in our Killarney shop. So, if you’re a visiting blogger, business person on the road, or a tourist with a laptop and the need for broadband, come in for an ice cream or a coffee and ask for the password!

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I hate to bring politics onto these ice cream pages, but I feel I must write a few lines just expressing the relief and hope for the future after last night’s election results in the US.

As someone born in NY, I was raised on hope and dreams – that people can make a difference, that one can succeed in life on merit, that the U.S. is fundamentally good. There have been serious questions  raised about all of those under the out-going administration. 

I don’t believe by any stretch that all problems will be solved with Obama as President, but I do feel this election will bring about real change in terms of what people (both in- and outside the US) believe is achievable, and that is a very, very good start.

Murphys Buttermilk Waffles

 We’ve received our commercial waffle maker, and today we launched waffles in our Killarney shop. Customers seem well pleased!

I promised a recipe, so here it is – one from my mother – with the substitution of buttermilk for regular milk, which I find makes them even tastier. We serve them with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, but there are countless ways to enjoy waffles!

If you’re looking for a waffle maker in Ireland, Brown Thomas has a good Cuisinart one for 79 euros. Lidl had a special on waffle makers last week (20 euro, but the waffles come out pretty thin) and might have a few still kicking around. 

Sophia’s Buttermilk Waffles


  • 225 g flour
  • 1.5 teasp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 70 g butter, cut into small pieces
  • 350 ml buttermilk
  • 1/2 teasp salt
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teasp cinnamon
  • 1/2 teasp vanilla

What to Do:

  1. Sift the dry ingredients, except for the sugar, together. 
  2. Separate the eggs.
  3. Add the sugar to the egg yolks and beat together. 
  4. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry.
  5. In a small saucepan, over low heat, warm the butter and buttermilk, stirring all the time, until the butter melted. Do not overheat!
  6. Pour the buttermilk and butter into the dry ingredients, stirring until somewhat smooth. 
  7. Add the egg yolks and vanilla, and stir until incorporated. 
  8. Gently fold in egg whites
  9. Cook according to the instructions of your waffle maker.

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