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…

One Tray Fish Bake. A simple fish supper.

I have to share today’s triumph with you and YOU have to make it. I’m not commanding you, I’m simply imploring, I’m pleading because it is so simple and so tasty that I don’t want to be the only person in the world who has made this. Share this with me. Please. You will know…

Chicken Biryani, a delicious creamy one pot curry

I love food. That’s a given. This is one of the best things that I have ever cooked. What that means is that this is a really good dish. REALLY GOOD! Okay, you get it, I like this Chicken Biryani. Let me count the ways though : It is easy. It is relatively quick. It…

Sea Bass Parcels – Recipe 8 of 12 from Enjoy!

Sea Bass Parcels We’re getting there!  Week by week inching closer to the revelry and indeed you may be contemplating some in-house entertainment in advance of the festivities yourself. In need of a no hassle but grown-up dinner party recipe?  This is it.  No-one wants to be entertained by a flappy flustered chef who is…

Vegetarian Lasagne – Recipe 7 of 12 from Enjoy!

Melt in the mouth.  That’s the description my daughter Éimear gave as she tucked in heartily to a mammoth portion of this vegetarian lasagne yesterday.  When I cook I often ask myself what can I do to make something  easier and for this recipe it was the white sauce.  For a classic white sauce there…

Chicken Tagliatelle

Chicken Tagliatelle. Even in the summertime there are days that call for filling comfort food and this is one of those dishes.  It has fast become a family favourite in my house and pleasing 8 people at the same time is no easy feat, so this one’s a winner.  All of my kids are going…

Stroganoff

If you want to make a creamy dish use cream! This Mushroom Stroganoff recipe was one sent to me by Irish Dairy food brand Avonmore to promote their Cooking Cream product.  I’ve used their cooking cream numerous times before and in the promo they mention that the cooking cream has less than half the fat of…

Carrot & Fennel Soup

Treacy’s Bar in Ballincollig does a great soup and half-sandwich lunchtime offering and believe me both are huge and will amply sate even large appetites.  It was there that I tasted Carrot & Fennel soup last week and just had to recreate it at home.Luckily my local SuperValu had fennel on special offer today and…

Easy Party Food – Mary Berry’s Canapés

In the build-up to Christmas I really enjoy watching the cookery programmes specially produced for the event in the hope that I’ll pick up some tips.  One of these for 2013 – Food & Drink Christmas Special BBC Two – was hosted by Michel Roux and featured Mary Berry demonstrating a number of her festive…

Christmas Dessert – Cloudberry Choux Buns

I love discovering new food products and the innovativeness of Irish producers never ceases to amaze me.  I recently came across some of The Cloudberry Bakery’s produce at one of my favourite shopping haunts – Brown Thomas in Cork city.  Cloudberry’s stand in the Brown Thomas Food Emporium stopped me in my tracks, had me…

Insanely Good Sauces – Bombay Curry Sauce

As I’ve been very busy with ‘real’ work lately in our food safety business developing a new website and running the office I’ve been reaching quite gladly for various Insanely Good sauces on the days that I am strapped for time.   Insanely Good Sauces are Irish and produced in West Cork and are now…

Lilly Higgins’ Dream Deli

Lilly Higgins has written a beautiful new book called Dream Deli.  It is different, it is fresh, it is vibrant.  Turn the pages and you will be sitting down at one of the jam-packed tables in Lilly’s dream deli.  Jam-packed because not only is this the food that Lilly wants to serve it is also…