Asian beef stew

Recently I collaborated with the Best of Beef with this Asian beef stew to highlight the exceptional quality that is Irish Hereford Prime beef. I have been making this stew for many years now, and I can wholeheartedly say that using Irish Hereford Prime beef has produced the most succulent version of this meal. The…

Maple mustard chicken

Two days ago, I received a notification that I am a finalist in the Irish Blog Awards which has both shocked and surprised me. This time last year, I was eagerly updating my blog; Frequently creating content, including recipes and reviews of eating establishments near and far, and just generally paying more attention to this…

Moroccan-style lamb meatballs (Kefta)

Whenever I think of Morocco, I think of my Grandma’s travels during the 1980s and how we had to sit and look at all her slides in the living room of her house. Did anyone else have to endure that? The incessant clicking of the slide projector, as it showed each photo beamed to the…

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…

Spanish-style lentils (lentejas).

One of the dishes that transports me back to my childhood is lentils. They were a regular feature growing up because they were cheap and a small amount made a mountain of food. We used to have two versions of this dish, a Swiss-style version with smoked pork belly and bratwurst sausage or occasionally a…

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…

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…