Pumpkin Pie

  So Halloween is upon us; fright night, the festival of the dead or Oiche Shamhna if you like. It’s a Celtic festival that marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of Winter.  Shops have been selling pumpkins by the shed load for the last few weeks and while many say this … Continue reading

Rhubarb Muffins

What is there to say about Rhubarb? It’s by definition a vegetable, it has poisonous leaves and it’s roots are used in Chinese medicine as a laxative.  (Less about bowel issues please, this is a food blog not an advice column on digestive maladies).  Rhubarb is lovely.  That is all.  Here is a recipe for … Continue reading

Lemon and Lime Madeira Cake

Summer is in it’s final days and many of us on this fair island are seeing it out with a foreboding sense of disappointment.  Without being too glum, it’s fair to say that Summer didn’t really arrive at all this year.  According to Met Eireann, it has been one of the coldest since records began. … Continue reading

Eat like an Italian!

I have a great fondness for Italian food.  I think it has an integrity to it, an honesty that celebrates the provenance of it’s origins and this is something that all food producers should take seriously.   My husband and I spent a few years travelling and working overseas on cruise liners before we got … Continue reading

Cheese and Chive Tart

Picnic season is upon us and outdoor eating on a balmy Summer’s day is one of life’s great pleasures. Instead of the ubiquitous sandwich, quiches and pies that can be eaten cold as well as hot make for tasty picnic fodder. This recipe uses cheddar, feta and Parmesan but you can mix and match whatever … Continue reading

Easy Food Magazine Feature

Way back in November I had great pleasure in taking part in Easy Food Magazine’s Home Cook Hero Awards. I was delighted to be awarded Best Burger for my Indian Lambo burger as well as the overall prize of Dish of the Year. With the competition opening soon for the 2014 awards, I recently headed … Continue reading

Apple Bran Muffins

After some ferocious indulgence in chocolate over the Easter, here’s a little health kick in the form of apple bran muffins. They are a handy breakfast on the go and a great way to get fruit and wholegrain into fussy little people. 275g wholemeal flour 50g wheat bran 100g brown sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder … Continue reading

Upside Down Rhubarb and Lemon Cake

Rhubarb is currently basking in it’s all it’s seasonal glory and there’s no better time to make the most of it. A couple of weeks ago, I visited the lovely Libby and Will O’Connell who, along with their little girl Ava, have a wonderful country store not far from Clonmel (Old Barracks in Lisronagh). They … Continue reading