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…

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 (Tod Mun Pla)

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….

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…

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…

Madras beef curry

When I was 18 I worked in an Indian restaurant. It was a brief love affair, lasting a whole week! Like all love affairs, I was absolutely besotted at the beginning. I couldn’t wait till our next rendezvous. The sights and sounds in the kitchen were fascinating to me, and the smells of all the…

Tomahawk steak

I received an email the other day announcing that Aldi in Ireland are now selling Tomahawk steaks. For those that don’t know, Tomahawks are ribeye steaks that are attached to the bone. Having the bone in adds extra flavour to the cut, although ribeye is already pretty damn tasty. These steaks have become very popular…

Pea and walnut pesto with gnocchi

Firstly, I have to thank Nigella Lawson for introducing me to the joy that is pan fried gnocchi. What’s not to like about the soft potato dumplings having a crunchy exterior?! If you have the time or inclination, making them from scratch is worth the effort, but this recipe is about rustling up something quick…