Pork, cranberry and red onion sausage rolls

Pork, cranberry and red onion sausage rolls

Today probably doesn't mean much to most people, unless you live in Belgium where they are celebrating 'Verloren maandag' (Lost Monday) today. On this day they traditionally eat sausage rolls or baked apples in pastry so in honour of my roots I created my own sausage roll recipe, with some great winter ingredients and lovely herbs and spices. Now what is this 'Lost Monday'? Although it's generally known in Belgium, this…

Goat cheese, dill and blackberry jam vol au vents

Goat cheese, dill and blackberry jam vol au vents

With Christmas only two days away, I'm going to share one last recipe with you all before taking a short break during the holidays. We all know vol au vents as a main course, but you can so easily turn them into little appetizers as well. I went for a sweet version made with only 3 ingredients in the filling: blackberry jam, goat cheese and dill. Making the vol au…

Belgian Madeira Sauce with Mushrooms, Buttery Beef Fillet and Irish Boxty

Belgian Madeira Sauce with Mushrooms, Buttery Beef Fillet and Irish Boxty

Time for my last recipe from my collaboration with Kerrygold Belgium 2017! Just like last year I was challenged to create a couple of Belgian classics but add an Irish twist to them. First I made 'Halloween cupcakes with Kerrygold butter, pumpkin spices, pomegranate drops, buttercream and fondant ghosts', then 'Basil & chives potato waffles with chorizo, mascarpone and butter-honey sauce' and now for my final recipe…

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…