How to make Basil Pesto

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…

STOP.

‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ (Edmund Burke) It is difficult to understand what makes another human being want to hurt another.  It is difficult to understand those who think they are better than others. We’ve all, I’m sure, seen or experienced bullying on a…

How to Make Pasta Carbonara – Remembering Paola Tullio

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…

And the winner is……….. Seafood Paella

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),…

Salmon in Soy Sauce

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…

Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie

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…

Chinese Chicken, Peppers & Black Bean Sauce – Slow Cooker Recipe

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,…

Chicken & Wedges

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…

Aubergine Parmigiana

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…

Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast

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…

Baked Chicken & Bulghar Wheat (or is it bulgur or bulgar?!)

Really the spelling doesn’t matter now does it? The thing I want to share with you is the fact that you can bake it. Yes you can bake bulgur wheat!!! Baking it in a dish like this alongside chicken, onions and garlic means the flavour enhancement is huge. This dish is for a day that…

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…