Roll on the Weekend

You know those occasional moments of inspiration you have when staring a beautiful ingredient? Well today I was inspired by the stunning Irish gem lettuce (below) to make – for the very first time – Vietnamese rolls. I just happened to have some rice paper I bought months ago, and a lovely bit of smoked tofu […]

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Salmon of Knowledge 

Sometimes it’s impossible to ignore a spanking fresh whole salmon at the fish counter. It fixes you with its beady glare as if to say “resistance is futile”. I was unable to resist one such salmon yesterday, although there are just 4 of us to feed in our household so it seemed extravagantly huge. But this […]

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Salade Niçoise

This is my death row meal. With some crusty bread and a glass of expensive white wine (which I normally avoid as it sadly gives me migraine, but that would be sort of irrelevant under the circumstances). While I have made this frequently for my husband this was the first time I attempted it for […]

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Golden Delicious Cake

I am rather pleased with my new invention! Road tested this evening with great success… I had some lovely cooking apples but just wasn’t in the mood for apple tart or crumble, and anyway sometimes it’s fun to invent something new. My experimental cake was inspired by Nigella’s flourless chocolate cake which is one of […]

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Pineapple upside-down cake

My maternal grandmother was a whizz in the kitchen. Raised on a South Australian farm she knew how to make her own pickles, jams, chutneys, smoked fish, beer and goodness knows what else, as well as being an expert seamstress, prolific crotchet-er, talented carpenter, artist and demon Scrabble player. We called her “Gang” which was […]

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Against the grain

Wild mushroom barley risotto (“barlotto”) with peas and Irish sausages. A super easy and economical weekday meal. Chopped parsley and shaved Parmesan finish it off nicely, OR you can jazz it up for a dinner party and impress your guests with home-made wild garlic pesto – I’ve included the recipe below. Wild garlic is abundant […]

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We’re jammin’

I just couldn’t resist the bundles of rhubarb in the supermarket this weekend – they were so deliciously pink, better than I’ve ever seen. So I bought 4 bunches. It was taking up so much space in the kitchen there was only thing for it – go all domestic goddess-like and whip up a big […]

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In an Irish food mood

Irish food rocks. We have wonderful fresh produce, an ocean of seafood, and the best dairy in the world (I don’t make that claim lightly). But as a multicultural nation we have come to overlook our own mild-mannered Irish recipes in favour of spicier, more exotic cuisines. Which is all well and good (and I […]

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A Weekend Feast.

There’s nothing more life affirming than having a gang of friends over for a slap-up all-afternoon weekend lunch. It’s so sociable and fun, especially when you’re lucky with the weather which is always a bit of a lottery if you live in Ireland! Throwing a lunch party is so much less pressure than a dinner […]

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Meat-free Monday

Tonight I followed my own Cooking for One recipe for Meat-free Monday, with the addition of flageolet beans (instead of the customary cannellini or butter beans), and some shaved carrot and courgette (zucchini). It’s so easy to prepare and super-healthy. The finely grated garlic gives it a nice kick. Because my other half sadly can’t […]

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