Chinese-style dumplings (Jiaozi)

Hands up who loves dumplings! And if you’re not nodding right now and thinking yes, well then I don’t know if we can be friends. I LOVE dumplings. I love everything about them. Making them, and most importantly eating them. They’re quite cathartic to make, the methodical assembly is quite soothing. When it comes to…

Festive cranberry bread

Having grown up in a country where Christmas is during the summer, I really enjoy the contrast of the lead up to Christmas where there’s a chill in the air and towns are sparkling from all the festive lights, like here in Ireland. Whilst I love looking at the Myer Christmas windows on a balmy…

Mulled wine cranberry sauce

It’s that time of year, when the days get shorter and colder that I appreciate the joy that is mulled wine. Huddled outdoors, at a Christmas market, gloved hands grasping a warm glass, and quietly sipping away. It’s something that isn’t popular in Australia, where pretty much all drinks are served icy cold. It’s something…

Fried chicken and waffles with a twist

Another little nod to my backpacking days, traveling around the USA as a teenager, here’s my version of fried chicken and waffles. I know that I have previously said that I’m not a massive fan of fried food, as stated here, but who can resist a little home fried chicken atop a tasty waffle?! The…

Icelandic- style lamb soup (kjötsúpa)

I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited Iceland twice so far, and hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to visit many more times to come. It is a country that really does take your breath away, with scenery that is unique and a landscape that is constantly changing. Iceland is known for it’s lamb and this…

Thai-style fish cakes

Oh how I love fish cakes at Thai restaurants. They’re incredibly moreish! So I wanted to recreate them at home, but without all the fuss and without the oiliness, and with a bit more bite. These fish cakes use only 3 ingredients, take very little time to make, are not oily and are very healthy….

Dill pickles

Perhaps it’s the Swiss blood in me that drives my obsession with pickles, as they are a regular accompaniment with raclette and other Swiss dishes, or just the fact that their sour sweetness is so addictive. I’m not too sure. When I was a child, I would bring over a jar of pickles when I’d…

Review- Eala Bhán

I had first heard of Eala Bhán a few months ago after an Australian man left a rather unusual review on TripAdvisor. His review focused on his forgotten windbreaker jacket rather than the meal he received. Invariably it made the rounds on the web due to the response of the restaurateur and like most I…

Spiced pumpkin scones

When most people think of typical Australian food they think of pavlovas, meat pies, lamingtons and damper. Back when I was growing up all of these foods were staples, but pumpkins scones were also extremely popular. Strangely, they seem to have dropped off the radar. Perhaps this is because when I was growing up Joh…

Spanish-style lentils (lentejas).

One of the dishes that transports me back to my childhood is lentils. They were a regular feature growing up because they were cheap and a small amount made a mountain of food. We used to have two versions of this dish, a Swiss-style version with smoked pork belly and bratwurst sausage or occasionally a…

One Lovely Blog Award

Back in May I attended Sheridan’s Irish Food Festival, mainly because it looked like a great day out, but also so that I could review it for this wee blog (See post here). Little did I know that by going to the festival that I would cross paths with Vicky from The Flourishing Pantry. Vicky…

Roasted miso aubergines with udon noodles

I’ve previously gushed about my fascination about Japan and Japanese food in my Crispy tofu skewers post. Back when I was 20 years old, I was invited to a friend’s birthday dinner in a Japanese restaurant where I was introduced to Japanese style aubergine/ eggplant. Prior to this, I had only eaten aubergine mainly in…