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Presents, decorations, tins of biscuits and turkey… all the turkey. There's a lot to worry about when planning a typical Irish Christmas.

While we always swear we'll help out with the cooking, cleaning, table-setting and veggie-roasting on Christmas Day, in reality we're generally shooed out of the kitchen by our very flustered mam.

In fact, a huge 45% of Irish mammies say they do the Christmas Day baking alone – that's according to a new survey by Stork.

And 1 in 5 Irish mothers say the hard work they do at Christmas goes unappreciated – even though we do try to lend a hand. Well, just once, before falling asleep in front of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

It's tough being a mammy at this time of year – and here are nine things you're bound to hear in your house over the festive season:

1. 'Two weeks to Christmas? That flew in'
Calendars, eh? Mad yokes.


2. 'Where in God's name did I put the Christmas lights?'
Every year they're left in a 'safe place.' Usually under a box of old duvets somewhere only she knows of.

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3. 'While you're getting the decorations out of the attic, we might as well do a big clear out'

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4. 'Who opened the good biscuits? Who was it?'
They're for the neighbours, doncha know.

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5. 'I'm only doing a turkey crown this year, we were eating leftovers for a week last time.'
In the end though, she'll buy a full one, because how else would you make sambos after dinner?


6. 'I've a lovely Nigella recipe for Fruity Turkey Curry for Stephen's Day.'
Cue groans.


7. 'NO phones at the dinner table this year.'
But how else will we take selfies in our Christmas cracker hats?

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8. 'Will you come into town with me, I've one or two things left to get'
'One or two things' = approx 18 tins of biscuits, presents for ALL the cousins and an outfit for Christmas Day.

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9. 'Do you think we'll have enough?'
Usually said while looking anxiously at a trolley bursting with selection boxes and bottles of fizzy orange.

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Stork are encouraging more Irish people to try their hand at Christmas baking this year. Check out the Stork site for recipes and post your results using the hashtag #BakeWithStork!



It's what Paul Hollywood has been trying to tell us all along: if you're a dab hand at avoiding soggy bottoms, it's likely you're also rather dashing. 

Able to whip up a mean tray of chocolate cupcakes? We'd love to date you. Something of a macaron master? Ooh, you sexy thing. Know your brioche from your banoffee? Hey! Let's just put a ring on it right now.

Yes here at SHEmazing! Towers (where we're known to eat quite a lot of cake) one study this week confirmed what we've long suspected: a third of Irish adults would be more attracted to a member of the opposite sex if they could bake.

The same report – carried out by Stork – also revealed that we're more inclined to bake following a lovers' tiff with our partners… after all, brownie points earned via a batch of, well, brownies, is tough to beat.

Indeed, with the Great Irish Bake Off now underway – a show which Stork has again partnered up with for the third series – we decided to round up eight of the world's most incredible, most wonderfully OTT bakeries. 

So please, stop touching your dough balls, and step away from those hot baps: these sweet-smelling international outlets will have give you all the romantic inspiration you need for the weekend…


1) Eileen’s Special Cheesecake, New York

One of the world’s most famous bakeries, Eileen opened her shop in 1976; it’s still going strong with more than 25 varieties to choose from, including peanut butter, piña colada and Baileys.


2) Mamie Gateaux, Paris

This small tea room in Le Bon Marché is the brainchild of a Japanese patisserie chef. The hot chocolate is served in a bowl with a spoon – and you can add your own whipped cream too.


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3) Sadaharu Aoki, Tokyo

Another delicious fusion – here, you'll find more incredible Franco-Japanese creations, including the matcha croissant, a croissant filled with a rich, green tea-flavoured cream.


4) Bakerbots, Toronto

Opening in the city’s financial district in 2011, this is now a firm favourite. The cake creations are jaw-dropping and the cookies divine: think ginger molasses, captain peanut, rococoa, and oatmeal.


5) Tartine Bakery, San Francisco

Opening in 2002, this is continually rated as the city’s best bakery – daily queues are standard. On offer is the likes of a frangipane croissant with almond cream, and a passion fruit Bavarian tart with lime and coconut.


6) Dominique Ansel Bakery, New York

World-famous – and the menu changes every four to six weeks to keep the crowds coming back. Right now we’re coveting their lightly-sweetened miniature meringues, each with their own flavour, and the pink grapefruit honey and lavender tart.


7) Boulangerie Guerin, Rio de Janeiro

Located in the Copacabana district of Rio, we hear the eclairs are superb, while the individual Frasier cakes with fresh cream and strawberries are a local favourite. Otherwise, try the lavender macarons.


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8) Demel, Vienna

Inside you can watch pastry chefs baking and decorating cakes as you enjoy a delicious slice of your own. There’s also a cake museum hidden in the back.



Moving in with your other half is always going to take a bit of adjustment, especially when it comes to dividing up household chores.

Irish people have opened up about their domestic grievances as part of a new survey by Stork Margarine, and the results definitely make us feel a bit calmer about our own kitchen arguments!

The survey, commissioned as part of Stork’s Easter Baking Campaign, asked Irish men and women about their partners' annoying kitchen habits – from not tidying up to looking over their shoulder as they cook.

A whopping 40% of adults said that their partner's habit of "not cleaning up properly" after using the kitchen was their biggest gripe. We're taking note here!

23% of men admitted to getting irritated from "backseat cooking" by their partner, while 20% said that seeing their partner get stressed while cooking or baking was also a tad annoying.

As for women, one in four hated seeing a lack of gratefulness from their other halves after an evening spent cooking or baking.

Despite their pet hates, Irish men and women are generally confident in the kitchen, with 66% of ladies scoring their baking skills as a 7/10 or over, versus 44% of men. Not bad!

When it comes to our kitchen heartthrobs, Irish women rated Donal Skehan, Paul Hollywood and Michel Roux as their tastiest picks, while men were tempted by Nigella Lawson, Rachel Allen and Lorraine Pasquale.

​For more results, plus some great Easter recipes, check out www.bakewithstork.com.

Happy baking!