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 […]Read More Against the grain
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 […]Read More Something Fishy
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 […]Read More We’re jammin’
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 […]Read More In an Irish food mood
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 […]Read More A Weekend Feast.
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 […]Read More Meat-free Monday
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 […]Read More Cooking solo: Part One
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 […]Read More Cooking solo: Part Two
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 […]Read More Eat well, live longer!
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 […]Read More Taking Stock.