San choy bow salad bowls

Ahhh… San choy bow. The delicious Asian lettuce cups with more names than you can poke a stick at. San choi bao. San or sang. Tom-may-to tom-mah-to!!! It really depends on where you are, where you order it from and perhaps the mood of the menu author at the time. It’s all a westernised version…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Prawn Toasts

These prawn toasts are perfect as canapés at your next dinner party. They have an amazing texture; the crunchy bite of the toast with the soft prawn meat is a winner. Many recipes call for a food processors to blitz the prawns, but I prefer mine to have a bit more texture. They’re surprisingly easy…