Greetings From Ireland and a Recipe for Blueberry Parfait

Blueberry Parfait (c)2013 La Domestique

Greetings from Ireland! We arrived in our new home town of Cavan yesterday and the sun has been shining the whole time (which I’m taking as a good sign). Cavan is in the north, just 15 minutes from Northern Ireland. It’s marked by rolling green hillsides dotted with fluffy white sheep and spotted cows. I like it out here. It’s quieter and more laid back than the big city of Dublin. I will say though, ever since we got off the plane everyone has been so welcoming! People are very friendly and kind here. They do talk fast and I’m often looking towards the husband for translation of what was just said. Hopefully I will quickly develop an ear for it. We’re staying in a B & B owned by a family with three very young boys running around. The whole family is lively and fun and our bed is comfy so I’m quite happy. This morning the mother made us a full Irish breakfast, which was a real treat (rashers, black and white pudding, broiled tomato, Irish bacon, eggs, brown bread and scones)! The husband felt like he was finally back home again.

Today I’ve got the opposite of a full Irish breakfast to share with you- a light and healthy Blueberry Parfait. The husband and I are a bit tired of all the eating out and looking forward to finding a home so I can get back in the kitchen. I developed this recipe for a client a couple weeks before we left America. It includes instructions for a quick and simple lightly sweetened granola, but you should just use a scoop of your favorite recipe or store-bought brand if you like. If you want granola on a whim this is a nice recipe for emergencies when the cupboard isn’t stocked with much.The combination of orange juice, zest, and orange flower water lends a floral, fresh note to this perfect for spring parfait. Keep an eye out for the first blueberries of the season and enjoy them with creamy yogurt and a hint of cinnamon.

Ingredients for Blueberry Parfait (c)2013 La Domestique

Blueberry Parfait

serves 2

This recipe for yogurt parfait may seem like an indulgent treat, but it’s actually a healthy breakfast to fuel you throughout the day. The yogurt is rich in calcium and protein to support your bones and muscles. Blueberries and the flaxseed speckled granola contain antioxidants and fiber to promote heart health and aid in tissue recovery after exercise. It’s important to fuel your body with a great breakfast before exercise, and this quick and easy parfait is a balanced blend of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats.

Ingredients for Parfait

serves 2

  • 3/4 cup Blueberries
  • 1 cup Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • a couple drops of orange flower water (optional)
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • honey

In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt, orange zest, orange juice, and orange flower water. Build the parfaits by evenly dividing ingredients between two small glasses or bowls. Spoon 1/4 cup yogurt into the bottom of each glass or bowl. Top each with half the granola and blueberries. Repeat layers one time, finishing with blueberries. Serve immediately. A drizzle of orange blossom honey on top of the parfait is a nice way to top it off.

Ingredients for Granola

makes 6 servings, 1/4 cup each

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Warm the honey and oil in a small pot on the stovetop, stirring, till combined. Allow to cool slightly. In a medium bowl, mix together oats, almonds, flax and cinnamon. Pour honey and oil over the dry ingredients and mix together with a spoon. Evenly spread the granola over a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15- 20 minutes, till toasted, stirring halfway through. Allow granola to cool, then store in an airtight container.

38 Comments

  1. YAY! Glad you made it ok and I hope you are able to find a home soon (though the B&B sounds pretty good!). The parfait looks delish!

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    • Thanks Suzanne! I’m glad you enjoyed the parfait recipe.

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  2. I miss hearing ur voice but feel connected to you thru ur page, instagram, and email. Love u sis! The blueberries look so yummy!

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    • Thanks Sis! I miss you too!

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  3. Jess! So nice to hear from you! Glad you arrived safely and I look forward to hearing all about your adventures. Great-looking parfait. Those blueberries!

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    • Thanks Renee! We arrived all in one piece, thankfully. I’m glad you like the parfait!

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  4. Hi Jess,
    Ireland! How lovely!
    My son may be going to Colorado State Univ. on a tennis scholarship this September – and I was thinking ‘ooooh – I could meet Jess, La Domestique!’.
    Every time you mention that your husband is from Tiperary I want to sing the song:”It’s a long way to Tiperary!”.
    I still miss your videos!
    Hope you settle in smoothly and quickly!
    Edie
    (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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    • Edie,

      Oh I’m so sorry we couldn’t meet up! I hope your son has a great experience at Colorado State Univ. About the videos- you never know when I may start that up again ;)

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  5. Rolling hills with fluffy white sheep and spotted cows?? That sounds pretty perfect!! Enjoy and best of luck on the home search. The parfait sounds delicious with that touch of orange!

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    • Nicole,

      Every time we pass by the sheep I say “awwwww!” It just doesn’t get old. :) Thanks for saying hi!

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  6. So pleased to hear you crossed the pond safe and sound. This looks gorgeous, as always.

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    • Thanks Tori. We are in a sprint trying to secure a rental- hopefully we’ll have something by Monday!

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  7. This looks so wonderful! Sending warm wishes to you all the across the pond. Lovely place to relocate.

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    • I’m glad you like the parfait, Amy Jo. Thanks for your kind comment!

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  8. Glad to hear of your safe arrival and I hope you find a place to settle into soon. The scenery and breakfasts sound picturesque and I can’t wait to hear more about your new adventures!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Nikki! I’ll keep the updates coming!

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  9. Welcome to Ireland! I hope this is going to be a wonderful adventure for you :) bring on the green hills and sheep (oh the sheep, I’m still amazed every time I see them in the middle of the road).

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    • Thanks Yolène! I’m so glad you’re with me on the sheep! I felt a bit silly about my enthusiasm for them, so it’s good to know someone else is amazed too! :)

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  10. Your pictures are gorgeous – they make me hungry!

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    • Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. This looks and sounds so lovely – welcome to Ireland :-)

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    • Thank you Sinead!

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  12. Glad you’re settling in well!
    I love yogurt for breakfast, this recipe looks perfect. In Ireland I could never quite do the traditional breakfast – too much to contemplate early. :)
    I was amazed at the dairy products, variety, levels, thicknesses, etc. in Europe to the point that I remember a grocery store with almost an entire long isle of just different yogurts (or yoghurts, I suppose). Great stuff. I will be making this granola tomorrow morning to go with some Wallaby organic.

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    • Meme,
      I’ve always been a fan of European cheeses and dairy, so it’s exciting to be closer to the source. I’m glad you like the recipe and thanks for the well-wishes!

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  13. Glad to hear you made it safe and sound to your new home! Looking forward to how your surroundings influence the content on your blog.

    This parfait sounds so simple yet delicious, especially with the zest and orange blossom water! Once I’m back eating more grains and sugar (I’ve temporarily cut them out of my diet) this will be first on my list to make.

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    • Thanks for popping by, Sara! Sometimes it is good to take a break from grains and sugar- especially those of us who bake/cook for a living! I’m glad you’re into the orange blossom water- it’s such a fun ingredient. You could make this with quinoa instead of granola and it would be delish!

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  14. Welcome Home Jess – so happy to find your email in my box this am – I feel like I am reliving my first few weeks here through you also!! So much to talk about – and I’m so glad you are finally here – will send a reply shortly – :)

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    • I look forward to catching up with you, Elizabeth! Thanks for all your helpful advice. :)

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  15. Yum that looks delicious! Think I’ll try it out this week when I have guests over!

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    • Thanks Julia! Parfait is great for entertaining because you can assemble them before guests arrive or set up a parfait station and let guests make their own.

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  16. Mmmm…that parfait looks so delicious and healthy. I had something quite similar at the last B&B where I stayed. Welcome to Ireland…so happy to see that are settling and beginning your new (and exciting) life there!

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    • Thanks for popping by La Domestique, Sarah! I appreciate your well-wishes. :)

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  17. Jess, congratulations on the big move!!! I cannot wait to see your pix of the Irish countryside – such beauty to behold.
    Wishing you all the best,
    E

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    • Thanks Erin! Spring is just beginning here and I can see it getting greener every day!

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  18. Welcome to Ireland and to Cavan. I am from Boise, Idaho, married a Cavan man and have lived here for the last 13 years. I hope that you get settled in and find a place to call home soon.

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    • Patti,

      Thanks so much for saying hello! I always feel encouraged meeting another American in Cavan. :) I like it here very much and it would be great to meet up with you some time. Feel free to email me jess (at) ladomestique (dot) (com)

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    • Thanks Karla! It’s nice to meet you!

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