Search for NI’s greatest scones


Golden Cow has announced the launch of ‘Golden Cow Softer’ and to celebrate, Golden Cow has partnered with Belfast Cookery School to embark on a search to find the most delicious scones in Northern Ireland.

For almost 100 years, Golden Cow, Northern Ireland’s favourite butter, has provided real butter to homes across the region and has been at the heart of home cooking, helping create dishes for all occasions. The new product, Golden Cow Softer, is rich and creamy Golden Cow butter which has been softened with a touch of rapeseed oil so it spreads straight from the fridge. Golden Cow and Belfast Cookery School have joined forces in a bid to find the best scone recipe in Northern Ireland to recognise the central role that butter plays in creating our favourite dishes. 

(Pictured is Chef James Devine, Belfast Cookery School and Bronagh Clarke, Marketing Manager, Golden Cow) 

Golden Cow is calling for amateur bakers, aspirational cooks and food lovers to share their best recipe, whether it’s sweet or savoury, a new and unusual creation or a recipe that has been handed down through the generations. The only rule is that the scones are made with butter and can be enjoyed with lashings of new Golden Cow ‘Softer’ on top.

Bronagh Clarke, Marketing Manager, Golden Cow said, “This competition really celebrates the love that people in Northern Ireland have for cooking, no matter what their skill level. Butter plays a huge role in home cooking and baking and in creating those amazing moments when family and friends come together. We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with the experts at Belfast Cookery School to help us choose the very best of the best!”

Judges from Belfast Cookery School and Golden Cow will select three finalists who will visit the Belfast Cookery School to freshly bake their scones under the watchful eye of the judges as they battle it out to win the title of the best scone in Northern Ireland. 

At the launch of the competition, chef James Devine from Belfast Cookery School said, “Belfast Cookery School was born out of a love for great food with an aim to encourage everyone to really enjoy cooking and get together to eat. That is what this competition is all about – sharing your passion for cooking. We are really looking forward to judging all the entries, I know there are lots of delicious classic and creative scone recipes in homes around the region and we look forward to finding the best one.”

The lucky winner will receive; a £500 voucher for Belfast Cookery School, allowing them to develop their cooking skills in a fun and passionate environment; an overnight stay for two in the luxurious Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast; and a hamper filled with brand new ‘Golden Cow Softer’.

The two runners up will also receive a hamper of ‘Softer’ and a £100 voucher for Belfast Cookery School.

To enter, submit a copy of your own scone recipe, along with a photograph of your finished scones and a maximum of 200 words explaining why your scones are the best in Northern Ireland to by 16 June 2017 or by post to Golden Cow Softer Competition, Smarts Communicate, 157-159 High Street, Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT18 9HU.

For further information on the competition and for T’s & C’s please contact:

Belfast new Newbridge Silverware Store

Over the past few weeks I’ve been invited to visit the new Newbridge Silverware store in Belfast City Centre. I was so happy that I eventually got the chance to pop in and see it for myself!!

 My first impression was that it was very bright and light, very welcoming and spotlessly clean. This environment really showed off the silver ware in all its true glory….the two very attentive and warm assistants could not have been more helpful and were saying to me that the jewellry is doing very well. I thought that the store was absolutely fabulous and will do great!

As can be seen from above picture that one of the Brand Ambassadors is “Sue Ellen Ewing” from Dallas aka Linda Grey. Could not have chosen a more classy and high profile lady!! Also Naomi Campbell is a very high profile Ambassador too and the Jewellry looks great on her.

I was invited to their headquarters in Newbridge, County Kildare for lunch, followed by a tour of their museum by Michelle McTernan Management.The museum boasts iconic outfits from Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Audrey Hepburn, Joan Collins and Michael Jackson, to name but a few. Alas I was unable to attend but Michelle did get me a wee pressie-a lovely silver decorative star.

Michelle then invited me to the official opening by ‘Marilyn Monroe’. My wife deputised for me!!!

Marilyn recreated the iconic flying skirt subway scene from her 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch, in one of Belfast’s busiest shopping streets.

The glamourous 1950s star was in town to unveil an authentic Marilyn Monroe pucci dress and a number of her personal artifacts, that will be on display until the first week in June in the newly opened Arthur Street Store.

The ‘Queen of the Silver Screen’ is convincingly portrayed by one of the work’s most successful impersonators, Suzie Kennedy from the US, who recently starred in the Oscar-winning film The Theory of Everything and the movie Me and Marilyn, as well as fronting global TV advertising campaigns.

Guests at this exciting launch included TV and Radio personalities Denise Watson (UTV), Lynette Fay (Radio Ulster), Robin Elliott (Downtown Radio and NVTV) and former broadcaster Lynda Bryans.

All guests were treated to a generous goodie bag from Newbridge Silverware, 

as well as delicious refreshments from the newly opened healthy fresh food company, Freshii, in Donegall Square West.

The last invite that I couldn’t make (again deputised by my wife) was to a special short performance by Made in Liverpool – a Beatles tribute act so good, they are resident band at the world famous Cavern Club! 

They performed a Fab Four busking-style set to unveil authentic personal items connected to the world’s favourite band.
 June 1, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the seminal album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. To celebrate this landmark date in pop history, Newbridge Silverware were bringing to Belfast a signed guitar from Paul McCartney, a Gold Disc and a letter from John Lennon, from their Museum of Style in Kildare. The Beatles’ artefacts will be displayed in the window of the Belfast store until the end of June.

Again the food was by Freshii and my wife did receive a goodie bag!!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michelle and Newbridge Silverware and wish them every success.