Harissa Hummus with Paprika Pita Chips

For many of us summertime means that after a long day’s work there are still daylight hours in which you can hopefully sit outside and enjoy lingering sunlight.  What better way to do this than with a glass of wine in one hand and something tasty to nibble on in the other.  This super fast…

Chocolate Fruit & Nut Clusters (made with Wilkie’s Organic Chocolate)

What to do with a delicious bar of chocolate?  Firstly of course you will hide it.  Actually, before that, if it’s a bar of Wilkie’s Chocolate you will take some time to marvel at the packaging and then hide it.  It’s everything that you yourself want to be; cool yet understated and impeccably styled while…

Roast Aubergine Dip & Pita Chips

Roast Aubergine Dip with Paprika Pita Chips Simple, simple, simple.   Plus healthy and tasty.  This dip is made with only two ingredients and great served with any dipping chips you can get your hands on or even some good crusty bread. I often have left over pita breads that haven’t been used for school lunches…

Christmas Day Starters – Mini Crab Cakes and Grape & Melon with Mint

Anticipating a long sprawling day of easy entertaining we’ll begin our Christmas feasting with some nibbles and bubbles to ease us in. Nibbles will be followed (after a break) by two starters.  First up will be these delicious mini crab cakes…… …made using Tim Browne, Dingle crab meat ….to be followed by  the perennial favourite…

Christmas Day Dessert – Mini Chocolate, Coffee & Baileys Pots

Dessert!! There may not be room after a Christmas Day feast and if that’s the case then these chocolate pots will sit perfectly well in the fridge for a day or two longer if needs be. I do like the word ‘mini’ though which would imply that you might be able to squeeze one in…

Moroccan Chicken

So disappointed that I haven’t done this dish justice with the photos because it is amazing.  It is truly one of those roll your eyes to the back of your eye-socket dishes.  It is simple to make, sounds sophisticated and might have looked sophisticated too if I hadn’t left out the scattering of red onion,…

Mini Quiche Bites

For all you fans of convenience and purchasing ingredients with one quick stop at the supermarket here are some mini quiche bites that are just perfect for a girls night in.  Yes boys, I’m being sexist and going along with the maxim that you don’t eat quiche because you are ‘real men’  I’ve heard the…

Mini Cheesecake Pots

This is a dessert for the time-pressed cheesecake lover.  The kind of person who doesn’t prepare things the night before and doesn’t like to wait while things set or bake. You can take this in any direction that you like and the flavour combinations here are a variation on some classics, just think about your…

Irish Angus Fillet Steak with Portobello Mushroom

Fancy cooking a magnificent Valentine’s Day feast in less than 20 minutes? All you need is some first-class Irish ingredients and off you go; Portobello mushrooms from Monaghan, succulent Irish Angus Fillet Steaks from your butcher and handmade country butter from Glenilen farm. To up the flavour stakes in the portobello mushrooms Glenilen butter is…

Chocolate & Raspberry Fondant

A chocolate fondant, a falling down cake, a molten lava cake, call it what you will what we’re talking of here is an individual pot of chocolatey heaven with a gooey, still warm centre. mmmmmmm I hear you say. Double mmmmmm.   Not only does this pot of chocolate glory have an oozing melting chocolate…

Christmas Day Starter – Grape and Melon with Mint

The excitement is palpable now and it’s time to dust off the old reliable recipes that go to make Christmas Dinner in our homes.  For as long as I’ve been making Christmas Dinner I’ve been using this Darina Allen recipe for Grape and Melon with Mint as a starter and it’s a tradition for us…