Book tip August 2018: Fakeaway by Adrian Martin

Fakeaway by Adrian Martin

Chef Adrian Martin surely has been around for quite some time, starting out in kitchens at the age of 14 he has now, 12 years on, written his very first cookbook: Fakeaway. As a lover of fast food himself when growing up, Adrian decided to make it the theme of his first cookbook. He quickly discovered two problems though: most takeaways are very unhealthy and he didn't want his recipes…

Vanilla Butter Cookies – ideal for baking with kids

Vanilla Butter Cookies - ideal for kids

There's only one recipe left in my birthday countdown, and this one is dedicated to my sister. When I was a kid, I got this little baking book for children, and even though it had quite a few recipes in it, I always ended up making either the 'sand cookies' or (most of al) the butter cookies. They were so simple but delicious to make and you didn't need your…

Eclairs with vanilla custard and chocolate sauce

Eclairs with vanilla pudding and chocolate sauce

When I decided to make eclairs for my second to last recipe in my 30th birthday countdown, I had no idea how heartbreaking it was actually going to be. But after failing 4 times I decided to give it one last go and there it was, perfectly risen, hollow choux pastries! I'm so glad I didn't give up, which isn't something I'll do easily in general, as I've always 'dusted…

Local Heroes: Brady Family Ham

Brady Family

As you know, I'm passionate about Irish food, local producers and seasonal produce. So I was only delighted to be invited to Brady Family's launch of their three new flavours of packaged ham: twice turf smoked, whiskey marmalade glazed and black pudding spiced. I was really impressed with everything I learned that day, from how it's always been a family business to how they are still using the traditional ways…

Plain pork sausage rolls

Plain pork sausage rolls

3 recipes left in my 'food countdown to my 30th birthday'! And today's one is one I made for my brother. There's only a 2 year age gap between me and my brother so we spent quite a lot of time together growing up. Although we didn't really cook as much together, unlike me and my sister which has happened a lot more often, we did spend a lot of…

Flavourful lamb meatballs with tomato rice, chickpeas, peas, feta and mint

Flavourful lamb meatballs with tomato rice, chickpeas, peas, feta and mint

This is a sponsored post to help promote the European #LambTryItLoveIt campaign in conjunction with Bord Bia to highlight the benefits of cooking with European lamb. For more recipe inspiration, follow @TryLamb on Facebook and Instagram. All opinions, photos and the recipe itself are my own though. Lamb has always been a part of my diet ever since I was a kid as my grandparents would often make lamb for…

The best ever potato & apple salad

The best ever potato & apple salad

23 days to go until my 30th birthday and still loads of 'trip down memory lane' recipe to go! Today's recipe has been an absolute winner on every barbecue every in my parents house: my mother's potato salad. The reason we love it all so much, is because she adds some fresh green apples to it, giving it a crunchy element packed with loads of freshness, flavour and a lot…

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