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…

Feta and black pudding Cannelloni

Want to try something different with pasta? Cannelloni. Be warned though, it took me ages to get the filling into the dry pasta tubes using a teaspoon so an icing bag might be advised to speed up filling the tubes.  I spooned the filling in then used the back of the spoon to push it in and…

Super Soups

For the cold months a warming soup is just what you need.  I love to make these up and have jugfuls in the fridge so I can have a nutritious and  filling snack instead of reaching for the quick hit of biscuits. The recipe I give here is for a beautifully spiced parsnip soup that is…

Risotto with green veg., bacon & parsley

Time.  Risotto requires a little time and patience not a lot of time or skill. Extremely budget friendly I estimate that I cooked for 8 of us at well under 20 euro – I doubled the recipe given here so you could cook this for four at around 10 euro.  Budget friendly, healthy, cooked from…

Spiced Pork & Vegetable Meatloaf

Spiced Pork & Vegetable Meatloaf. On answering the ‘What’s for Dinner?’ question when my kids returned home starving I was surprised with their reaction when I said Meatloaf. I had expecting ‘yeuch’ or ‘that sounds disgusting’ but instead it was ‘oh meatloaf, is that the American thing?’ and I said yes, because it does seem…

Comfort & Mash

Comfort & Mash. Have you turned on the heating yet? I have. We’re having thermostat difficulties but I’ll get over it. Every single year without fail I have heating problems. Last year we installed a new boiler (gas) and it has proved to be a lot more efficient than the previous beast with our bills…

Nigellissima Roast Chicken with rustic potatoes & larder envy

There’s a lot to love about Nigella Lawson’s latest TV programme – Nigellissima (BBC2) and there’s a little to despise which makes it compulsory viewing if you’re about to partake in a foodie gathering anytime soon.  Even if you’re not bothered on forming an opinion you’ll watch it to admire, scoff, loath, eye-roll and covet.  Yes covet,…

Lamb Parmigiana

Let summer linger a little longer with this Sicilian inspired dish.  Lucky enough to taste authentic parmigiana cooked by my new brother-in-law’s grandmother in Sicily this summer, I knew it was ‘the’ one dish of the many, many amazing dishes cooked for us that I most wanted to try.  As part of the Italian way…

Honey Glazed Rashers on Lemon & Vegetable Couscous

Honeyed and stickily sweet rashers sit on a bed of lemony zipped couscous fortified with a mighty selection of healthy vegetables. There’s plenty that could be said about this dish perhaps beginning with the sweet honey and sharp lemon combination.  They speak of soothing and of comfort and indeed with the succulent rashers comfort is…

Beef & Onion Hotpot

Inspired by a flavour-filled french onion soup that I enjoyed at Ballymaloe last weekend (Food Writing Course with Hugo Arnold), I wanted to cook something where the onion was the hero of the piece. Onions are both prolific and cheap along with being tremendously under-celebrated.  Yet how many dishes start with a gently sauteed or…

Irish Pork Chops with Chickpea Salad

Irish pork chops are lean, economical, super-tasty and above all versatile.  Take them in whatever direction you choose – warming comfort food in a mustard and honey cream sauce or in this case light and zingy in a zesty marinade served with a crunchy salad. At this time of year with busy schedules you can…