Pipis in white wine (cockles)

Growing up we’d head to the beach to get pipis, mainly for fish bait but also for eating. Going at low tide so that we’d be able to get them at the shoreline, trousers rolled up and our thongs (flip flops) precariously hanging on to our feet as the waves rolled in. Once a wave…

Pink, gin cured salmon (gravlaks)

Over the last few years this has been my go to recipe for entertaining, as it’s perfect as a canape or a starter. It’s vibrant colour, thanks to beetroot, easily wows guests without too much effort. I first came across gravlaks when traveling around Scandinavia, where it features in open-faced sandwiches mainly. So this can…

Festive cranberry bread

Having grown up in a country where Christmas is during the summer, I really enjoy the contrast of the lead up to Christmas where there’s a chill in the air and towns are sparkling from all the festive lights, like here in Ireland. Whilst I love looking at the Myer Christmas windows on a balmy…

Review- Baan Thai

Since joining Instagram last year, I regularly get restaurants following my account. Some look really enticing and interesting, and I return the follow. Earlier this year I received a follow from Baan Thai in Leopardstown, on the south side of Dublin, and their food looked simply delicious. The first dish that I laid eyes on…

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….

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,…

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…