School Lunches – Easy as 1, 2, 3 ! or is it…..???

THE SHORT VERSION You are busy enough aren’t you? So here’s the short of it – grab a copy of this table and get your child to pick from 1, 2 & 3 and please (for your sake) make them make their own lunch NOTE: Because of allergies most school policy is NOT to bring…

Almond Salmon

When you look in your food cupboards and they are full but much of it is ingredients that you may have bought to do one particular dish and you’re left with all these half used packets and jars. That’s happening. For me the current situation is apricots (tagine), sesame seeds (stir-fry) and ground-almonds (cake). I’ve…

Turmeric & Vegetable Couscous

A very substantial and vibrant vegetable dish, add an easy protein source such as cheese and chicken and your meal will be complete. I love to take shortcuts in the kitchen and over the past couple of years I’ve been blitzing things like kale, broccoli, cauliflower etc to create a vegetable ‘crumb’ in the food…

Nachos & Chilli Chicken

This has been my Friday night go-to recipe of late. A hot oven cooks both the Chilli Chicken and Nachos with minimal interruption and all you have to do is a bit of chopping in the prep. work for the Nachos. Ideal when all you really want to do is put your feet up after…

La Piazza Alicante

Come sit with me in a beautiful square in Alicante. Let’s dine together at a table for two at La Piazza. Look in front of you at the imposing Cathedral de San Nicolas with its huge doors embracing tourists and watch as the Spanish Guitarist tunes his guitar. Listen as he plays. Savour the moment….

Kerry Again! Eat in Killarney, Stay in Annascaul.

A recent family celebration saw us foray over the county bounds yet again and  enter the Kingdom of Kerry.  I’ve been on so many trips there of late I’ve lost count.  And again she was glowing in her splendour. Our trip had to be quick owing to sporting commitments but it’s amazing what you can…

Parknasilla is Fabulous

Kerry again.  Just wow!  At the beginning of the month it was a trip to Dingle and last weekend I enjoyed another stay in the Kingdom of Kerry, this time at Parknasilla.  There’s a family of politicians that hale from that part of the country – the ‘Healy Rae’s’ and as we drove through Kilgarvan…

Dine in Dingle

Ireland is beautiful everyday and as I write she is bathing in sunshine and all the better for it.  West Cork is one of my favourite corners, a place to which I regularly escape when I can.  I find calm there.  Kerry though. Kerry is very special. She is magic. A couple of weeks ago…

Barcelona

I spent a blissful couple of nights on a midweek break to Barcelona recently and I shall return. Again and again and again. It was my second trip there, though I don’t think my first can be counted. On that trip I do remember a visit to the Nou Camp, a fabulous meal by the…

Christmas Dinner – A Plan

Christmas Dinner – Turkey Dinner Planner Note: This is from my first recipe book : ‘Gimme the Recipe’ and is aimed at the novice who just wants to HAVE A Plan TO get a simple, tasty Christmas Dinner on the table. As one of the most anticipated meals of the year, a little bit of…

Apple and Blackberry Pudding

Pudding.  There’s something about that word that conjures up comfort.  Something you’ll be hankering as Autumn envelops you bringing darker evenings, cooler air and while you sleep a sprinkling of frost may even be dusting your doorstep.  I can’t get enough of apple in desserts at this time of year; crumbles, tarts and yes oh…

Berbere Baked Chicken

Sunday morning, he took two of the lads to football training and I jumped out of bed knowing that food had to be got for their return and a decent dinner made as the twin girls had a football match later in the afternoon.  No ordinary football match – a Senior County Final and a…