Food Tourism: Melbourne, Australia.

It feels a little strange to write about Melbourne in the same way that I have with other cities that I have visited. Melbourne is my hometown, it is part of my identity. Despite living in Ireland for the last 8 years, I have spent the majority of my life in Melbourne. So there isn’t…

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…

Christmas Truffles

Back home in Australia, every year it’s my job to do dessert at Christmas. It’s always an ice cream version of the classic Christmas pudding (think vanilla ice cream and boozy fruit with chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.) In Australia it’s hot at Christmas, it makes sense. In Ireland, it simply doesn’t work. It’s too…

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-styled 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….

Food Tourism: Glasgow, Scotland.

Before sitting down to write about my most recent visit to Glasgow, I was contemplating what to jot down. Do I write about all my food encounters? Do I go into every single detail of what I ate and where? Should I take an overall view or I should just focus on the absolute highlight…

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…

Review- Canteen Celbridge

A few weeks ago I finally went to Canteen Celbridge, which has been on my radar for quite some time thanks to reading multiple positive reviews. It is run by head chef James Sheridan and his partner Soizic Humbert. After having a successful restaurant in Blackrock, Dublin, they decided to move to Celbridge in County…

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…