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…

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…

Review- Bloom by Bord Bia

Bloom is a summer garden and food festival in Dublin that is organised by Bord Bia, the Irish government’s food and horticultural board. It has gone from strength to strength since 2007, with its food village and show gardens gaining recognition on the world stage, and has become one of the jewels in the crown…

Review- Sheridans 8th Annual Irish Food Festival

Sheridan’s Irish Food Festival is held yearly in May in Sheridans Cheesemongers headquarters in Pottlereagh, County Meath. The festival solely focuses on quality Irish produce, with a good emphasis on cheese and dairy, naturally, but also on a variety of products that would suit pretty much anyone regardless of age. The abundance of producers was…

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…

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….