Newsletter

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)…

Halloween cupcakes with Kerrygold butter, pumpkin spices, pomegranate drops, buttercream and fondant ghosts

Kerrygold Halloween cupcakes with pumpkin spices, buttercream and sugar ghosts

The countdown to the scariest night of year is on: Halloween is rapidly approaching! Did you know tht Halloween has an Irish origin? The Celtic festival Samhain was celebrated on the night of the 31st of October in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man 2000 years ago. It’s still a hugely celebrated event here in Ireland, with decorated houses everywhere, kids going off to trick-or-treat and lots of fireworks…

Book tip October 2017: 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver

Book tip October 2017: 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is one of my absolute food heroes, he’s one of the people I turned to (well not in person obviously) when I started cooking – for recipes, inspiration, tips, .. so it should come as no surprise I have almost all of his cookbooks and watch all his tv shows. Although I love all of his books, his latest book ‘5 Ingredients’ straight away became my favourite cookbook…

Creamy Broccoli & Leek soup

Broccoli & leek soup with goat cheese

I have definitely been under the weather these last couple of days, but I managed to drag myself out of bed long enough to make a lovely belly-warming soup for myself to get me through the day. I never used to make my own soups at all but I’ve really gotten into it this last year with soups like butternut squash & carrot, spicy tomato soup, cauliflower soup and before…