Meat Dishes

Matuffi – Layered Polenta and Ragu

Matuffi – Layered Polenta and Ragu

Matuffi I often find myself conflicted over many things in my life and partake in little self dialogues. Tea or coffee? A walk in Killinthomas Woods or on the Curragh? Watch a movie or waste away playing Football Manager? One of my chief self dialogues […]

Roast Duck with Potato and Fennel Stuffing

Roast Duck with Potato and Fennel Stuffing

Roast Duck with Potato and Fennel Stuffing I’m chatting on the phone on a dreary January day; the signal is so bad in my house that hail, rain or shine I’m forced outside to take a call. “I do the free-range ducks now too”. I’d […]

Buglione – Tuscan Lamb Stew

Buglione – Tuscan Lamb Stew

Buglione – Tuscan Lamb Stew I love lamb – actually I love all meat! I’m drawn to food with a strong, robust flavour and I find that lamb gives me exactly what I want. It’s probably for this reason, that many other people dislike lamb. […]

Football Food – Part 1

Football Food – Part 1

The Euros are here at last! I love football, absolutely love it. I usually prefer club football, but there is something about an international tournament that builds the excitement to the extreme. The Euros may be seen as the poorer cousin of the World Cup […]

Chicken Stuffed with Dates and Bourbon

Chicken Stuffed with Dates and Bourbon

I draw inspiration for my cooking from lots of places. I have a mountain of cook books that I flick through most evenings with a glass of vino (purely to help the creative juices, of course) writing notes, ideas and potential combinations for dishes in my […]

Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb

Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb

I realized that I haven’t been posting a lot of recipes lately. I’ve been working through some dishes that I didn’t get to try while I was in Ballymaloe. I’ve also been clearing out the cupboards and last week, to my surprise, I found a shoulder […]

Mother’s Day Roast Pork

Mother’s Day Roast Pork

Mother’s Day is less than a week away and, if you’re anything like me, you’re worrying about how to show your gratitude. It can be tricky to pick something out, especially as we get older and can no longer get away with the gift of […]

Leftover Turkey Paella

Leftover Turkey Paella

Christmas has been and gone. I’ve really enjoyed it this year, we had a great build up and the day itself was a feast of family and food. Cairns Farm provided us with a magnificent 20lb Free Range Bronze Turkey (which to my surprise took […]

Thai Red Beef Curry

Thai Red Beef Curry

Thai Red Beef Curry Who doesn’t love a good curry? My preference of curry changes weekly, sometimes daily, but I’ve been on my Thai buzz for a few months now. A couple of years ago I tried numerous different recipes for homemade paste but was left […]

Offal Ragu

Offal Ragu

Offal Ragu Offal, the dirty word. It wasn’t that long ago that heart, tongue and liver formed a large part of our parents/grandparents diet but today we seem to see ourselves as being above such frugal eating. My granddad always speaks fondly of his dinners […]