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Fennel & fish (hake) sweet potato gratin

Fennel & fish (hake) sweet potato gratin

My dad and I are the only ones in our family that absolutely love fennel, but I've never really eaten it outside of my mom's cooking and I've also never used it in my own cooking so far. But I saw it for sale on my local market and I decided to face up to the challenge and cook with this lovely ingredient that very often gets overlooked. Fennel has…

Book tip February 2019: Crumb by Richard Bertinet

Book tip February 2019: Crumb by Richard Bertinet

One of the hardest things to make yourself, I believe, is bread. Whether it's the technique or the flavour, there are just so many pitfalls. Richard Bertinet's new book 'Crumb' is here to help us all, with step by step guides (including photos), great advice, stunning recipes and flavourful results. I remember last year when we had this huge snowstorm in Ireland, we were shut off from the world for…

Pépé Charles’ Tomato soup with vermicelli and homemade meatballs

Pépé Charles' Tomato soup with vermicelli and homemade meatballs

I don't think there's any recipe I've made so far that's as near and dear to my heart as this one is as it's my late grandfather's pépé Charles' soup recipe. Whenever we would go up to him on a Sunday, he'd always have this soup ready for us and the whole house would smell of the soup whenever you walked through the door. When I was about 12 years…

The ultimate Surf & Turf barbecue platter

The ultimate Surf & Turf barbecue platter

Yep. I have completely lost the plot; I went and did a barbecue in the pouring rain in January in Ireland! It was for a good cause though, as its Australia Day this weekend and I got invited by Yellow Tail Ireland to create a barbecue recipe for the occasion. I wanted the recipe to be an absolute feast, so I went to create the ultimate surf & turf platter:…

Anzac biscuits (oat biscuits)

Anzac biscuits (oat biscuits)

We're only days away from Australia Day and I remember that last year one of my friends brought these amazing oat biscuits to work - called Anzac biscuits - and I just had to go and find the recipe to make them myself. It's super easy to make, doesn't take longer than 30 minutes and my good are they tasty! Soft in the middle, crunchy on the outside and a…

Dates, dark chocolate & walnut pastries

Dates, dark chocolate & walnut pastries

I can’t tell you all how happy I am to be back in my kitchen, after having been floored by the flu for nearly 3 weeks! I’ve been watching a lot of cooking shows these last few weeks, writing down a lot of recipes that I found inspiring, and one of those is Imqaret, which I saw on My Kitchen Rules Australia (2016 I think). The recipe was made by…

Book tip January 2019: Donal’s Meals in minutes by Donal Skehan

Donal's meals in minutes

Happy 2019! I can't say my year has gotten off to the best start as I got floored by the flu, which also means I didn't get a chance to do any cooking yet this year, so I'm really REALLY looking forward to getting back into the kitchen this weekend and whipping up some new recipes.  I know that a lot of you will be wrecked from all the Christmas…