Slow cooked Beef and Guinness Stew

This recipe is a little nod to my very first meal in Dublin. I had tried Irish stew many times before in Australia, and to be honest, I was just never a fan of stew so it never made much of an impression. My Mum used to make variations of it growing up, and well…

The most inauthentic Dublin Coddle

In the lead up to St Patrick’s Day, it is fitting to give a nod to the country that has been kind enough to let me call home for 8 years. And perhaps many might say that this version of coddle is an abomination on this fair Dublin fare, and that I should pack my…

Lemon ricotta stuffed Courgette flowers

It’ll be a while till courgettes (zucchini) come back into season in Ireland but when they do, this recipe is just perfect to celebrate summer. Having been in Australia for the last month, I had to embrace everything that is summery as, let’s face it, Ireland’s summers aren’t that great. To me, this dish is…

Buffalo wings

Many moons ago, when I was still a teenager, I backpacked around the USA by myself. During my visit there, I came across the awesomeness that is Buffalo wings. At the time, I hated blue cheese and celery but yet here was a dish which made them taste amazing. Plus how can you not love…

“No mix” Banana Bread

When I first moved to Ireland, I lived in shared accommodation with five other people, four dogs and a cat. I affectionately call it “the crazy house” now but at the time there was very little affection for it. There was just a little too much craziness for my liking. One aspect of this house…

Vietnamese-style pork meatball noodles

Back in Melbourne, my family and I would religiously go to a local Vietnamese restaurant every Friday. Now that I live in Ireland, I crave those Friday nights devouring amazing Vietnamese food and being surrounded by family. Whilst I have found two great Vietnamese restaurants in Dublin, sometimes I just want to be at home…

Pearl barley “risotto” with Lamb

This dish is loosely based on Italy’s Orzotto, or what we would consider a pearl barley version of risotto. Pearl barley is a nutty tasting grain with a great bite to it and is a good alternative to rice. Pearl barley lends itself well to the earthy flavours the lamb, sage, chestnut mushrooms and asparagus….

Crab Rangoon Macaroni

This recipe is one of those happy accidents. You know, where you are making something and you have a mini disaster and end up turning the dish into something else entirely and save the day. The plan was to make Crab Rangoon wontons, a popular North American “Chinese” starter, for a party, but unfortunately the…

Chickpea and Chorizo stew with pan fried Sea bass

To me, this stew is a stew for all seasons. Make it as is and it’s perfect with a glass of red, in front of a fire in the depths of winter. Or add pan fried Sea bass, or any white fish, and you’ve changed it into something light and summery. The punchy flavours of…

Norwegian waffles (Vafler)

Ahhh Norwegian waffles (vafler). The thinner, cuter, lovelier version of a waffle. They work well with a dollop of raspberry jam and sour cream or with Norwegian brown cheese as an afternoon snack. But there’s no reason why you can’t make them a serious dessert by adding peanut butter and chocolate sauce or fresh berries…