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…

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…

“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-style 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…

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…

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…