Archive for May, 2008

May Recipe

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Kenmare Bay Hotel

 Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

 

Ingredients

 

300 ml water

175 g stoned dates, coarsely chopped

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

50g butter

175 g caster sugar

2 eggs

225 g plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

150 ml whipped cream to serve

 

For sauce:

300 ml double cream

225 g dark muscovado sugar

100 g butter

 

Method

 

1.      Pre-heat oven to 180 C/350 F

2.      Put water, dates, bicarbonate of soda & vanilla extract into a pan & bring to boil

3.      Cream butter & sugar together until pale & fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, adding a tablespoon of flour with second egg if mixture looks as if it is about to curdle. Sift remaining flour with baking powder & gently fold in.

4.      Bring date mixture back to boil. Slowly beat liquid into the creamed mixture to make smooth batter

5.      Stir in dates. Bake for 30 minutes

 

For Toffee Sauce:

            Put cream, sugar & butter into a pan and leave over low heat until sugar has melted

 

Serve with Ice cream & Toffee Sauce & Enjoy!!!

GM’s April Letter

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

It’s a very exciting time currently at the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort! Spring is in the air, the birds are singing and we’re looking forward to a busy season. To welcome in the season, we are proud to announce the introduction of several new facilities at the hotel.

Our brand new, state-of-the-art, 5* standard holiday lodges opened recently. There are 14 of them, each comprising 2 double bedrooms with en suite bathroom, and they are finished to an extremely high standard of decor and comfort. Set within the grounds of the hotel, they are close enough for guests to avail of all the hotel facilities yet far enough away to afford a little peace and privacy. They are outstanding and have to be seen to be believed! Of course, we also have the 18 4* holiday homes which opened last year. These are beautifully finished and well equipped, and can sleep up to 7 people. Video footage of the holiday homes will be featured shortly on our website, so look out for it!

 

In addition to our new holiday lodges, we are also refurbishing several of our standard hotel rooms. This is being undertaken as I speak and they will be ready by the time the season kicks in fully. Each bedroom is being re-carpeted and re-fitted with new furniture and fittings.

 

Our famous Jasper’s restaurant is now offering a Sunday carvery. This will be available from 1.00 – 3.00 pm every Sunday, and booking is advisable. We are offering superb value for money; a two course meal plus tea/coffee for only €15.95 with a children’s menu also available. Go on, treat yourself!

 

We are also offering a completely new and re-vamped menu and wine list in Jasper’s. If you’ve visited our restaurant before, it’s time to return and sample our new menu. If you’ve never been ………….. what are you waiting for??

A date for your diaries …….. Sunday, 25th of May 2008 will be the annual Select Hotels Teddy Bears Picnic in aid of Barnardos. This is an extremely worthy charity, which supports children whose well-being is under threat. The Kenmare Bay Hotel, together with other hotels under the Select banner, will be hosting a Teddy Bears Picnic in the hotel, from 3.00 to 5.00 pm. Entry will be €5 per child, with special Barnardos Teddies for sale on the day for €10 each. All proceeds from the sales go directly to the charity. More information to follow, but make a note of the date now and tell your children about it.

That’s it for now – more news next month

 

Andrew Rees

General Manager

 

 

 

The Day of the Wedding

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

A day in the Life of….. Michael Higgins, Wedding Co-ordinator.

 

Everything has been leading up to this day! All the months of planning, organizing and then re-planning have resulted in this, the most spectacular day of their lives. Every little detail has been scrutinized and now, at 5pm on a sunny Friday evening, the wedding car is pulling up to the sparkling glass front of the Kenmare Bay Hotel. As the red carpet is rolled out and the Bride steps out of the car, I can’t help but feel a bit of pride in all the work that went into making this day happen.

 

The photographer snaps away and Tom Meagher, Deputy Manager steps forward with a bottle of Champagne for the Bridal party.

Behind the scenes things are not so tranquil.

Eileen the Executive Chef is in full swing with her team of international chefs creating 300 meals using the finest ingredients. To anyone entering the heat it would look like chaos but each chef knows exactly what is expected and moves with extreme efficiency.

Alan the Bar Manager is busy directing his staff into the different bars and ensuring each guest is having the best possible time.

 

After a few more photos, it’s time for the dinner call. While Tom walks around the lobby and bar ringing the bell, I give one final check with the Bride and Groom that everything is going according to plan. As is the usual with weddings, the guests are slow to start moving upstairs but eventually everyone is seated and we are ready to announce the new happy couple.  “Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Bride and Groom!”

 

The Bagpipes are blowing and everyone stands to applaud them as they make their grand entrance into the Reception. Once the Bride and Groom have taken their seats, the Priest stands to say Grace.

 

For the next two hours Tom controls the waiting staff on the floor, while I continuously check with the Bride and Groom, as well as each individual guest that everything is to their satisfaction.

 

After the meal is over there is a short break while the floor is rearranged for the band. This is approximately fifteen minutes and the band starts up without delay.

My work is done for this wedding and the only thing I can think of is the fact that I have to do this all over again tomorrow.

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