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Tipperary Honey & Coconut Oat Bars

Tipperary Honey & Coconut Oat Bars

I recently got this lovely jar of local Tipperary honey as a gift, and as I'm big fan of supporting local and artisan producers, I decided to make a little recipe with it. With Christmas just around the corner I would recommend anyone to go and discover some local products and to buy and shop locally. There is such a vast amount of small producers that might live around the…

Book tip December 2017: Japanese Patisserie by James Campbell

Japanese Patisserie by James Campbell

Forget about classic French patisserie, this Christmas it's all about discovering Japanese influences! Asian cuisine has become increasingly popular all over the world, so when I saw this book I just had to give it a read. Each recipe is a mix of East meets West so they are not purely Japanese desserts. Better yet, each recipe looks absolutely stunning but is very achievable for any home-cook and are guaranteed…

Easy spelt honey & herb loaf

Easy spelt honey & herb ciabatta

Step by step I'm trying out new techniques and ways of making different kinds of bread. One weekend I was really craving some bruschetta but I didn't have any ciabatta or baguettes in the house so I decided to look at some recipes and try to make my own spelt loaf. It's not quite the same as ciabatta as there are no holes in this bread, but I'll be…

Basil & chives potato waffles with chorizo, mascarpone and butter-honey sauce

Basil & chives potato waffles with chorizo, mascarpone and butter-honey sauce

A delicious Belgian waffle with whipped cream, fresh fruit and powdered sugar: oh isn't that a treat? It's no wonder Belgium is known around the world for their waffles. But even though they are usually considered to be a sweat treat, you can get very creative with these waffles, which is exactly what I decided to do. Even though I had never eaten them myself, I decided to give this Belgian…

Apple – cinnamon crumble bars

Apple - cinnamon crumble bars

Although apples can be bought all year, most varieties are only in season from October until January (like Elstar, Jonagold, Gala, ..), so they are actually mostly an Autumn fruit and will have better & stronger flavours if you buy them now. I'm lucky enough to live close to The Apple Farm in Cahir, County Tipperary, which means I have access to fresh apples (and loads of other products) but…

Book tip November 2017: Basics to Brilliance by Donna Hay

Donna Hay - Basics to Brilliance

Donna Hay, Australia's award-winning food stylist, author, tv chef and magazine editor, was someone I didn't know much about until recently when I read the announcement of her new book: Basics to Brilliance. I straight away got intrigued by this one sentence: "Each basic recipe is followed by clever variations and simple flavour change-ups, so one recipe becomes many." Once I got my own copy in the mail, I was absolutely blown…

Roasted herby swedes with a terragon & honey mustard dressing, baby potato salad and prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin

Roasted herby turnips with a terragon & honey mustard dressing and prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin

I used to think Autumn and Winter were boring food months but ever since I started focussing more on eating seasonal foods I've discovered so many ingredients that I never used before in my cooking because they are vegetables you rarely hear or see about. One of those forgotten vegetables for me were swedes. Now mind you, in some Irish shops they are called turnips (even though they technically aren't)…

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