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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Something Fishy

En papillote… Meaning simply “in a parcel”, is such an easy way to cook fish and keep all the flavour in. There’s something quite tantalising about having your own personal parcel on your plate! I used pollock (now strangely called “blossom” in the fishmongers, bizarre how they feel the need to re-brand a species!) but […]

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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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Cooking solo: Part One

Store cupboard Heroes Cooking solo can be a bit daunting, especially if you’re fairly new to cooking generally. The trick is to keep stocked up on good quality basics and you’ll always have a store-cupboard meal on standby, even when your fridge is completely empty. You’ll save a fortune on take-aways and deli counters. Here’s […]

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Cooking solo: Part Two

I know it can be hard to motivate yourself to rustle up a respectable meal when you’re the one and only diner. So I’ve put together a bullet-proof weekday menu designed to take the hassle out of cooking for one. I promise you will eat like a king (or queen), save wads of cash and […]

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Eat well, live longer!

The clear message from a new study covered in today’s Guardian is EAT MORE VEG! “Eating at least seven portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day was linked to a 42% lower risk of death from all causes. It was also associated with a 25% lower risk of cancer and 31% lower risk of […]

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Taking Stock.

I’m by no means a food crank – not nearly enough time on my hands for that! But I do have these occasional frugal epiphany moments of self loathing where I look at the contents of my fridge and cupboards with horror. All that packaging! Our recycling bin is usually much fuller than our waste […]

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