golden cow softer and an exciting competition! #gcspreadthelove

There are many things that Northern Ireland is known for. It’s stunning scenery, green fields and lush countryside (one advantage of all that rain!) It’s fondness of the ‘craic’, down to earth sense of humour and brilliant hospitality.

We are a nation who love our food, whether it’s the process of making and sharing it with friends and family, or soaking up new restaurant culture. From brunch to midday meals, afternoon tea to dinner after work, we see it as an important focus in the day. Time to spend with those we love, creating, nourishing and enjoying.

As a self-confessed lover of the Emerald Isle, I’m really thrilled to be working with Golden Cow, NI’s favourite butter, to share their new product Golden Cow Softer, and help launch an exciting competition and collaboration between them and Belfast Cookery School.

Golden Cow Softer is rich and creamy Golden Cow butter softened with a touch of rapeseed oil making it perfectly spreadable straight from the fridge. For a busy mum of three it’s tiny things like this that make my day that little bit simpler. If you’ve ever tried to get three kids organised and out to school in the morning you’ll know that every second is precious. Knowing I can make sandwiches more speedily, or leave them to butter their own toast in the morning is everything. Less messy, less fuss, and more time for me to have a quick breakfast too.





With all that in mind, and conscious of the role that butter plays in creating our favourite dishes, Golden Cow Softer and Belfast Cookery School are teaming up this June to find Northern Ireland’s best scone recipe.  They are calling for amateur bakers, aspirational cooks and food lovers to share their best recipe, whether it’s sweet or savoury, new and unusual, or one handed down through generations.  The only rule is that the scones must be made with butter and can be enjoyed with lashings of Golden Cow Softer on top.

Judges from Belfast Cookery School and Golden Cow will then select three finalists to visit Belfast Cookery School and battle it out for the coveted ‘best scone’ title.

The lucky winner will receive…

  • A £500 voucher for Belfast Cookery School
  • An overnight stay for two in the luxurious Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast
  • A hamper filled with brand new Golden Cow Softer

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

To enter, simply submit a copy of your 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.  You can also enter by post to…

Golden Cow Softer Competition, Smarts Communicate, 157-159 High Street, Holywood, Co.Down, Northern Ireland, BT18 9HU.





Scones are inherently Northern Irish (along with Fifteens, Potato Bread and a farl of Soda!) They’re also inherently Emma. I always say I can bake anything as long as it’s in a scone! 🙂

With that in mind, and embracing the notion of spreading the love this month, Eva and I are going to be sharing our scone recipe on Instastories this weekend, as well as here on LATLW early next week. I’m thinking classic with a twist. Something seasonal and unique.

Topped with Golden Cow Softer of course!


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





  1. June 11, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Oh a good recipe on ig stories thats a fab idea. I love it. Lovely snaps and what a treat.

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