Chocolate Rapeseed oil cake

The first time I became aware of Rapeseed oil was after moving to Ireland, in fact I hadn’t heard of it at all in Australia.  Coming from Mediterranean roots, Olive oil was all I had ever really known and generally if something ain’t broke why fix it? Well that was until Rapeseed oil became rather…

Cherry tomato, green olive and feta frittata

This Mediterranean inspired frittata is one of those quick meals that can be rustled up for a satisfying brunch, although it works perfectly as any meal of the day. It has become one of my go- to recipes when I want something that’s quick and easy to make over the weekend. Given that it is…

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…

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…

Mulled wine cranberry sauce

It’s that time of year, when the days get shorter and colder that I appreciate the joy that is mulled wine. Huddled outdoors, at a Christmas market, gloved hands grasping a warm glass, and quietly sipping away. It’s something that isn’t popular in Australia, where pretty much all drinks are served icy cold. It’s something…

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,…

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…