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…

ANZAC Biscuit cups with gunfire coffee

ANZAC day commemorates those who served Australia and New Zealand in World War I and all wars that followed, and ANZAC biscuits were made during the time of WWI to raise funds for the war effort. Since then, they have become etched into our psyche- they are popular at local fetes, bake sales and are…

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…

Wild garlic bruschetta

Ireland in the spring is awash with wild garlic. The white flowers and heady aroma fills the understory of the forests scattered around the country. And as quick as they arrive, they disappear for another year, so catch them during March- May and make the most of them. They are perfect when paired with tomatoes,…

Food Tourism: Dungarvan, Ireland

It’s safe to say that I’ve seen a fair amount of Ireland during my almost eight years living here. I have been to every county besides one during that time. Elusive Waterford. Somehow this county had escaped from ever being visited, I guess because it is a place where you have to go directly there,…

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…

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…