Recipes

Torta della Nonna

Torta della Nonna

Torta della Nonna Grandmother’s Tart. “There is no recipe, we just make it!” came the response from an enthusiastic restaurant owner after our first meal in Florence a few years ago. I had requested the recipe for a very close relation, some may even say […]

Tiramisu Veloce

Tiramisu Veloce

Quick Tiramisu “Would you like some of the local liqueur with your Tiramisu?” I don’t need to be asked twice. There’s a thunderstorm raging away outside and I’ll take any amount of liqueur, local or not, to take my mind off it. Five minutes later, […]

Pollo Agrodolce

Pollo Agrodolce

Sweet and Sour Chicken   The term “sweet and sour” brings forward all kinds of unhelpful connotations. The majority of people will automatically assume that you mean the sticky, sickly sweet Chinese takeaway version that seemed to be everybody’s favourite Friday night treat ten years […]

Small Plates: Pumpkin with Ras el Hanout, Summer Couscous, Spicy Chickpeas, Fried Egg

Small Plates: Pumpkin with Ras el Hanout, Summer Couscous, Spicy Chickpeas, Fried Egg

When Summer Meets Autumn I’m ready. After the most wonderful Summer in my memory, I’m ready for the cooler temperatures, dark evenings and all of the delights Autumn brings. I often find this a difficult time of year – we rarely have a good Summer […]

Pork Chops

Pork Chops

Pork Chops “It’s all about the ingredients.” It was drilled into us every minute of everyday over twelve weeks at Ballymaloe Cookery School. Kitchen skill and trickery mean nothing if the raw ingredients are of inferior quality. In my mind it’s where Ireland and the […]

Pork Fillet with Middle Eastern Spices

Pork Fillet with Middle Eastern Spices

Pork Fillet with Middle Eastern Spices “What am I going to do with all this food?!” It’s never a nice moment when you realise that your freezer has iced over. I noticed it a few nights ago. Someone had obviously left the door slightly ajar […]

El Chivito

El Chivito

El Chivito There is something about writing the heading for a recipe in its native language. It adds an air of mystery, wonder and even credibility. It draws you in. You may not even be reading this if I simply wrote: Steak Sandwich with Ham, […]

Croquetas de Jamon with Garlic and Smoked Paprika Mayo

Croquetas de Jamon with Garlic and Smoked Paprika Mayo

Croquetas de Jamon I’ve always loved croquetas. Whenever I go for tapas they are always the first item I order. Along with patatas bravas, they epitomise the tapas experience – bite sized, flavourful and perfect with a beer. Despite being a big fan of the […]

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 […]