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

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

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