Mandarin orange and cardamom loaf cake

I love spices. I love all types of spices; the hot, the fragrant, the pungent and the aromatic; basically anything that makes your taste buds or olfactory receptors wake up and go “oooh what’s this now?” Baking is a great way of introducing spices into your sweet repertoire and to this end, you’ll go a … Continue reading

Carrot, lentil, ginger and coriander soup

Another soup recipe but in my defence, it’s been ages since I last put one up. This recipe is really simple and vegan friendly. 4 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 50g dried red lentils 1 small onion, chopped I clove finely chopped garlic 1 disc of fresh ginger (approximately the size of a €2 … Continue reading

Meatballs

Ah the humble meatball; albondigas, polpette, millín feola; call them what you like but they’ve been a family favourite the world over for many’s a year.  My small people love them and they’re dead handy to make.  They freeze really well too. Ingredients: 1 small onion finely chopped 400g beef mince; I usually go with … Continue reading

Plum Pudding

Ah the trusty Christmas Plum Pudding; love it or loathe it it’s been around since Medieval times and is unlikely to go out of favour anytime soon.  I remember my first foray into Pudding making, it was the year after our first son was born and I was full of homely, maternal ambition.  I was … Continue reading

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

Cherry Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

  A few weeks ago we celebrated Father’s Day and in honour of the super Dads in my life, I cooked up a three course lunch of gargantuan proportions.  To me, memories  are made of Sunday family feasts and I love feeding the three wonderful fathers in my life; my own dear dad, my father … 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

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

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

If your house is anything like my house this morning then it’s like a post-apocalyptic, chocolate wasteland.  There are half eaten Easter Eggs EVERYWHERE! The smallest child came into our bedroom this morning at sparrowfart (translation: far too early) to rummage in a sock drawer where he had stashed some of his haul.  Arrival downstairs … Continue reading

Lamb and Red Wine Stew

Ah stew, what could be more comforting than a big bowl of homely goodness.  My go to stew has always been the somewhat well known steak and Guinness variety, thanks in no small part to my appearance on TV3’s Angelina’s Home Cooks.  Earlier this week I really, really wanted stew and didn’t have the required … Continue reading