Irish Food - Toasted Sandwich

Irish Food for St Patrick’s Day

In Ireland we are spoiled with the quality of our ingredients and we are lucky enough to have some excellent Quality Assurance schemes in place that can trace for us the origin of the food we eat.  When we purchase

Irish Food - Toasted Sandwich

Irish Food for St Patrick’s Day

In Ireland we are spoiled with the quality of our ingredients and we are lucky enough to have some excellent Quality Assurance schemes in place that can trace for us the origin of the food we eat.  When we purchase

Slow Cooker Chicken Plated

Slow Cooker Chicken 1

So what’s a slow-cooker then? :  It’s a counter-top stand-alone cooking pot with its own power supply that you plug in, pop ingredients into and leave to work for several hours with the minimal amount of input or effort from

Slow Cooker Chicken Plated

Slow Cooker Chicken 1

So what’s a slow-cooker then? :  It’s a counter-top stand-alone cooking pot with its own power supply that you plug in, pop ingredients into and leave to work for several hours with the minimal amount of input or effort from

Zest Lime Choc Cupcake Upclose

Zesty Lime & Chocolate Cupcakes

Zesty Lime & Chocolate Cupcakes. Nom…..what could happen when someone sends you a luxurious stash of chocolate.  Actually it’s what did happen to most of the basket of goodies sent to me by Áine chocolate.  But I was good and

Zest Lime Choc Cupcake Upclose

Zesty Lime & Chocolate Cupcakes

Zesty Lime & Chocolate Cupcakes. Nom…..what could happen when someone sends you a luxurious stash of chocolate.  Actually it’s what did happen to most of the basket of goodies sent to me by Áine chocolate.  But I was good and

Pancakes with Follain Strawberry

Pancakes made easy

There’s an expression I use from time to time something to the effect of ah sure it was so easy it practically cooked itself/made itself/drove itself etc.  In this case it’s a case of ah sure it was so easy

Pancakes with Follain Strawberry

Pancakes made easy

There’s an expression I use from time to time something to the effect of ah sure it was so easy it practically cooked itself/made itself/drove itself etc.  In this case it’s a case of ah sure it was so easy

Sugar & Spice Competition

Sugar & Spice

There’s a competition on the horizon called ‘Sugar and Spice and all things nice’ but unlike most competitions that you will find being trumpeted on food blogs this is not one whose ultimate goal is commercial / brand awareness /

Sugar & Spice Competition

Sugar & Spice

There’s a competition on the horizon called ‘Sugar and Spice and all things nice’ but unlike most competitions that you will find being trumpeted on food blogs this is not one whose ultimate goal is commercial / brand awareness /

Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes

Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes

… & keeping it real. As I filtered through the photographs I’d taken of these chocolate oreo cupcakes and weeded out the blurry etc. I considered not using this one with the less than pristine cupcake tray. I did however

Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes

Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes

… & keeping it real. As I filtered through the photographs I’d taken of these chocolate oreo cupcakes and weeded out the blurry etc. I considered not using this one with the less than pristine cupcake tray. I did however

Carrot and fennel soup close-up

Carrot & Fennel Soup

Treacy’s Bar in Ballincollig does a great soup and half-sandwich lunchtime offering and believe me both are huge and will amply sate even large appetites.  It was there that I tasted Carrot & Fennel soup last week and just had

Carrot and fennel soup close-up

Carrot & Fennel Soup

Treacy’s Bar in Ballincollig does a great soup and half-sandwich lunchtime offering and believe me both are huge and will amply sate even large appetites.  It was there that I tasted Carrot & Fennel soup last week and just had

Party Food Mary Berry Canapes

Easy Party Food – Mary Berry’s Canapés

In the build-up to Christmas I really enjoy watching the cookery programmes specially produced for the event in the hope that I’ll pick up some tips.  One of these for 2013 – Food & Drink Christmas Special BBC Two –

Party Food Mary Berry Canapes

Easy Party Food – Mary Berry’s Canapés

In the build-up to Christmas I really enjoy watching the cookery programmes specially produced for the event in the hope that I’ll pick up some tips.  One of these for 2013 – Food & Drink Christmas Special BBC Two –

Christmas Dessert Cloudberry Choux Bun

Christmas Dessert – Cloudberry Choux Buns

I love discovering new food products and the innovativeness of Irish producers never ceases to amaze me.  I recently came across some of The Cloudberry Bakery’s produce at one of my favourite shopping haunts – Brown Thomas in Cork city.

Christmas Dessert Cloudberry Choux Bun

Christmas Dessert – Cloudberry Choux Buns

I love discovering new food products and the innovativeness of Irish producers never ceases to amaze me.  I recently came across some of The Cloudberry Bakery’s produce at one of my favourite shopping haunts – Brown Thomas in Cork city.

Indian Feast of Insanely Good Bombay Curry Sauce with Turmeric Rice & Toasted Almonds served with naan bread

Insanely Good Sauces – Bombay Curry Sauce

As I’ve been very busy with ‘real’ work lately in our food safety business developing a new website and running the office I’ve been reaching quite gladly for various Insanely Good sauces on the days that I am strapped for

Indian Feast of Insanely Good Bombay Curry Sauce with Turmeric Rice & Toasted Almonds served with naan bread

Insanely Good Sauces – Bombay Curry Sauce

As I’ve been very busy with ‘real’ work lately in our food safety business developing a new website and running the office I’ve been reaching quite gladly for various Insanely Good sauces on the days that I am strapped for

photo by Sheila Kiely

Lilly Higgins’ Dream Deli

Lilly Higgins has written a beautiful new book called Dream Deli.  It is different, it is fresh, it is vibrant.  Turn the pages and you will be sitting down at one of the jam-packed tables in Lilly’s dream deli.  Jam-packed

photo by Sheila Kiely

Lilly Higgins’ Dream Deli

Lilly Higgins has written a beautiful new book called Dream Deli.  It is different, it is fresh, it is vibrant.  Turn the pages and you will be sitting down at one of the jam-packed tables in Lilly’s dream deli.  Jam-packed

lara beetroot chutney on cracker

How to cook Beetroot

The beetroot have been bulging through the soil lately with their leafy tops waving frantically ‘pick me’, ‘pick me’ and as there’s only so long that those red veined leaves will wave so frivolously for, their time has come. As

lara beetroot chutney on cracker

How to cook Beetroot

The beetroot have been bulging through the soil lately with their leafy tops waving frantically ‘pick me’, ‘pick me’ and as there’s only so long that those red veined leaves will wave so frivolously for, their time has come. As