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…

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…

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…

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…

Breakfast Muffins

Apple & Raisin Wholemeal Breakfast Muffins Look at that.  You can see those chunks of apple peaking out at you can’t you?  Now is the time.  Autumn is here full of its ‘mellow fruitfulness’ and none so mellow as those wind-fallen apples currently waiting to be gathered – but hurry they won’t hang around for…