“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…

Chicken, fennel and grapefruit traybake

Traybakes are just too easy! And this one is no exception. Make the marinade, and place all the ingredients into the roasting tin and let the marinade do it’s magic. The following day, just pop it into the oven and dinner is sorted. Serve with fried gnocchi, creamy mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potato. Serves…

Beef Wellington

The ultimate show stopper for a Sunday roast is the Beef Wellington. It’s famed for being quite difficult to cook, but if you take your time and make sure you let things cool, then it’s well within everyone’s grasp to make. Serve with roast potatoes, roasted vegetable and gravy. Serves 6-8. Preparation: 45mins Cooking: 1hr-…

Chicken Shawarma with hummus

Another middle eastern inspired dish- Chicken Shawarma with hummus. Chicken breast pieces marinated and then pan fried served with hummus and plenty of trimmings. This version is super easy so it won’t take much longer than  going out and getting a take away version and with much less guilt. Make it before a night out…

Persian inspired Chicken with pomegranate sauce 

This middle eastern inspired chicken dish really packs a flavour punch. The sweetness of the pomegranate mellows with the cooking time and blends with the spices to create a sticky, humming gravy to brighten up any chicken breasts. Sprinkle with the jewels of pomegranate and pistachios and you have an amazing, easy dinner that everyone…