Chicory & ham pie

Chicory & ham pie

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know I'm on a mission to get Belgian/Dutch chicory put on the food map in Ireland, as it's one of my favourite vegetables from back home. Ever since I moved away from Cork city I haven't been able to find my chicory anymore, as the English market was the only place I had found that was selling these so I…

Gluten-free & dairy-free buckwheat cocoa pancakes

Gluten-free & dairy-free buckwheat cocoa pancakes

We are only 2 days away from Pancake Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday)! Last year I took on the challenge to raise money for mental awareness Ireland by baking over a hundred pancakes for my colleagues at work and I of course also wrote up a recipe for my thin pancakes or crêpes. I wanted to do something different this year and created a recipe for gluten-free, dairy free buckwheat…

Celeriac soup with crispy pancetta and roasted garlic chips

Celeriac soup with crispy pancetta and roasted garlic chips

This is probably my last Winter soup recipe of this season, as we have been getting some lovely Spring weather coming through already on a few occasions. I wanted to finish my Winter soups with one that features an ingredient that gets overlooked a lot: celeriac. It’s a great winter vegetable that can be roasted in the oven and served with potatoes, made into a mash, or used in a…

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…

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…

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…

Black pudding, apple and cranberry sausage rolls

Black pudding, apple and cranberry sausage rolls

One of my favourite appetisers to make are sausage rolls, as they can be so easily adapted to whichever season you're in. For my Winter/Christmas version I decided to replace the usual pork sausage meat by black pudding, with some apple and cranberry for that extra Winter flavour. Another reason why I like making these, is because they are just so easy to make. These ones are a bit messier than…