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

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

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

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

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

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

Ridiculously Healthy Carrot Cake

I have had a recipe for healthy carrot cake floating around the vacant spaces of my mind for a while and yesterday I decided to put it into action. The cake has no butter, no sugar, is high in fibre and contains vegetables and fruit. It was one of those rare occasions where a somewhat … Continue reading