San choy bow salad bowls

Ahhh… San choy bow. The delicious Asian lettuce cups with more names than you can poke a stick at. San choi bao. San or sang. Tom-may-to tom-mah-to!!! It really depends on where you are, where you order it from and perhaps the mood of the menu author at the time. It’s all a westernised version…

Mushroom soup in a bread bowl

Many, many moons ago I briefly lived in Boston, courtesy of a J1 visa. Not long after arriving in Boston I learned that clam chowder or lobster bisque in a bread bowl at Faneuil Hall Marketplace is life! Dipping the lid of the bread bowl into the creamy soup, and cautiously ripping the sides of…

Smoked cheese and pink peppercorn croquetas

My father is Spanish, so growing up we’d always have Spanish food in our house. Chorizo was a staple, tortilla and croquetas would be made regularly and paella would be made over an open fire on special occasions. For me Spanish food is linked to many happy memories. One of those happy memories is visiting…

Green mango salad 

Living in Ireland, I realised just how spoiled Australians are. We grow so much of our own produce, whether it’s humble, basic fruit and vegetables or more exotic varieties. We have so much on our doorstep! Whereas in Ireland, that isn’t the case, and so much of the produce is imported. Take mangoes for example….

Orange saffron prawn salad

The weather in Ireland is finally warming up and the sun has decided to pay us a visit. At times like this, everyone is out sunning themselves until their pale skin is looking quite pink! With all that sun exposure, the last thing anyone wants is to slave over a hot stove, so this salad…

Nduja stuffed mushrooms

Nduja is an Italian soft pork salami, hailing from Calabria. I’d love to be telling a story about how I came across this ingredient during my travels in Italy, but alas that is not the case. I have only come across it on pizzas in various Italian pizzerias across Ireland and the UK, so I…

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…