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

Bloomsday

Today is the 16th of June, otherwise known as Bloomsday.  It is the day on which James Joyce’s profoundly influential book, Ulysses is based.  Ulysses is the story of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus and their movements through Dublin city over the course of one day and it is widely regarded as the greatest novel … Continue reading

Sweet Potato Ginger and Coconut Soup

Sweet potatoes seem to be everywhere lately.  Jamie Oliver recently espoused their greatness, citing them as a major contributory dietary factor in the longevity of life and wellness enjoyed by the residents of Okinawa in Japan.   They’re utterly packed with vitamins A, B and C as well as minerals such as manganese.  Personally, I … 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

New Year Food Resolutions

At this time of the year the media is awash with “New Year New You” type campaigns, telling us all we must lose weight and get healthy.  This can be helpful and unhelpful in equal measures.  While eating more fresh fruit and veg and cutting down on processed food are certainly positive steps, we shouldn’t feel bad about … Continue reading

Pea and Bacon Soup

Peas are in full season and if you can get your hands on some fresh ones still in their pods then you’re in for a treat. They are a gorgeous, delicious, sweet, vibrant marvel. You will however, need to get your de-podding skills in order as you will have to extricate the little green gems … 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

Chicken Goujons

The much loved chicken nugget has come under intense scrutiny by the likes of Jamie Oliver in recent years. Revelations that processed nuggets contained some highly questionable ingredients raised eyebrows (particularly among parents) and made us think about what we are feeding our children. This has been a very good thing. While treats at fast … 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