Soups and Stews

Harira Soup

Harira Soup

Harira Soup February, the beginning of Spring. The Sun is just starting to make inroads into our lives again as the frost vanishes, not to be seen for another 9 months. Who am I kidding? My phone is telling me that it’s -2 degrees outside […]

January Farmers Market Minestrone

January Farmers Market Minestrone

Farmers Market Minestrone Although I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, I have been making a concerted effort to visit the farmers market since the turn of the year. Last year may have seen me finally adapt to a more seasonal diet but I […]

Roast Squash Soup

Roast Squash Soup

Roast Squash Soup I’ve never fully appreciated the beauty of Autumn until recently. When I was a teenager, Autumn was a season best avoided as it signaled the return of school, colder mornings and shorter, darker evenings, and although it also marked the return of […]

Winter Minestrone Soup

Winter Minestrone Soup

Winter Minestrone Soup Winter still hasn’t really taken hold. I know this because the beer I’m storing in the shed is rarely at a drinkable temperature – it still needs an hour in the fridge. It’s January, the beer should be frozen, let alone cold […]

Pasta with Beans

Pasta with Beans

Pasta e Fagioli Winter has yet to rear its ugly head in any meaningful way. The weather has stayed mild, the leaves have remained on the trees and the cooler Autumnal air has only recently made an appearance. I’ve held off on big hearty stews […]

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. […]

Thai Red Beef Curry

Thai Red Beef Curry

Thai Red Beef Curry Who doesn’t love a good curry? My preference of curryĀ 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 […]

Fish Stew all Porta Palazzo

Fish Stew all Porta Palazzo

Fish Stew alla Porta Palazzo The Porta Palazzo Market is a vibrant, loud almost scary place. Located in the centre of the northern Italian city of Turin there is an heir of madness about it. Even in August, when most city dwellers take to the […]

Thai Red Curry…..In a Hurry

Thai Red Curry…..In a Hurry

Thai Red Curry…..In a Hurry! There is nothing better than a good curry. In Ireland, our taste buds have been pretty much ruined by a suspiciously Irish sounding manufacturer in a red topped tub hogging the curry market for years. Mammy’s made it, children loved […]

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup The perfect lunch. This substantial soup is often thought of as a great winter dish but, although I agree, I also find it magnificent in the spring and summer when fresh greens come into season. It serves as a great way to use […]