Irish Cooking, what does it mean to you? My daughter asked me recently for a recommendation of something Irish to cook for her French flatmates and what immediately sprung to mind was bacon & cabbage, then brown-bread and then scones. I've heard it said before that Irish cooking is a celebration of Irish ingredients rather… Continue reading What is Irish Cooking?
Here's some of the finds from Irish businesses that I consider beautiful & worthwhile gifting this Christmas. In order to make it even easier to find all these beautiful Irish brands when you’re doing your Christmas shopping online this year I've posted direct links to their sites & my suggested picks from them below the… Continue reading Shop Irish for Christmas 2020
The world has gone fecking bananas. 7 months on and I’m still not used to it. Last night for instance I was out with a group of friends for dinner and no matter what we spoke about it always came back to COVID-19. At one stage mid-conversation I asked one of them is this real,… Continue reading 9 Bog Standard Basic Dinners – It will all work out in the end.
Home-made Basil Pesto. The Italians know what they're at when it comes to food. They keep it simple and tasty. Fresh crusty bread, some mozzarella, juicy ripe tomatoes generously drizzled with fresh basil pesto. Incredible. A recipe that needs few words my one recommendation is that you use a food processor with a small bowl… Continue reading How to make Basil Pesto
As the anniversary of Paola Tullio's death approaches (5th June 2015) I'd like to celebrate and remember this wonderful man. It was his voice, his manner and his presence. All of that gently surfed and beautifully traversed the radio wavelengths into your kitchen or office or wherever it was that you happened to be when… Continue reading How to Make Pasta Carbonara – Remembering Paola Tullio
One of the kids suggested we do a Covid Come Dine with Me, Kiely style, and it was an outrageous success. Night after night they presented different dishes all cooked to perfection. The 6 contenders were : Roast Fillet of Beef with a Mushroom Gravy, Mashed Potatoes & Veg Roast Leg of Lamb (rosemary, garlic),… Continue reading And the winner is……….. Seafood Paella
Here's one I made earlier. A good 8 years earlier. That's how long since my first book 'Gimme the Recipe' was published. In this recipe the salmon darnes are pan-fried. If you prefer to do what I did this evening and bake the salmon fillets instead - then drizzle with a little oil, bake in… Continue reading Salmon in Soy Sauce
Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie Looking back at this recipe from my first cookbook 'Gimme the Recipe' I spied an editing note that said suggesting rice as something to serve with it seems like 'a strange combination.' I stand by that suggestion though and for me it works. You're only going to get a small… Continue reading Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie
31st January & I hope you're keeping well. Time is nigh to celebrate with Recipe No. 1 of 2020. Welcome to the real beginning of the New Year because January was complete and utter drudge now wasn't it? I've been expanding my repertoire of Slow Cooker recipes and have worked on perfecting this Chinese one,… Continue reading Chinese Chicken, Peppers & Black Bean Sauce – Slow Cooker Recipe
6 ingredient Chicken Marinade. And whether you choose to give it any time to marinate or not is entirely up to you. Does it make a difference? If you think about it really, all it means is that the marinade has been in contact with the chicken for a bit of time but does it… Continue reading Chicken & Wedges
Simple, satisfying and healthy. This is a tasty vegetarian dish which I would serve with an easy rocket, cucumber & olive salad in the summer or a good helping of warm wilted garlic buttery spinach in the winter. Some crusty bread on the side wouldn't go astray either. Serves 3 to 4 You will need:1… Continue reading Aubergine Parmigiana
This is one of my recipes of the summer but so robust and hearty it will fare well at any time of the year. It was enjoyed a deux with my husband in beautiful West Cork in mid-August. The photos below the ingredients and method will show you how this came together. A side of… Continue reading Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast