Crispy Slow-Roasted Tomato Pasta

Crispy Slow Roasted Tomato Pasta

My lovely friend Anna is visiting us for the week and she shared this amazing AH-MAZING recipe that she makes with her fella (also our brilliant friend) Ben a lot in their home of Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. They got the idea for this incredible pasta sauce from a list of Nigel Slater’s most popular dishes of […]

Comforting Lemon Chicken Bake

Lemon Chicken Bake

Yeow! The winds are changing and the mornings are getting nippy. It’s about that time that we start whipping out the comforting bakes. One of the best things about the move into autumn and winter is the food you get to eat. Porridge in the morning, soups in the afternoon and lovely comforting stews and […]

Grated Courgette and Bacon Bliss

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Grated Courgette Pasta

Here is another laughably simple pasta dish to put together, for those times when you’re too wrecked to spend more than 15 minutes in the kitchen. This is a little pasta dish I whip up on many a mid-week evening, originally inspired by this lovely Jamie Oliver recipe. My version takes about 8 minutes to […]

Pasta Tuesdays: Puttanesca

Puttanesca Pasta

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca Tuesdays can really be a chore. Few more so than the Tuesday after The Electric Picnic. I was very sensible this year and rented a cottage about 8 miles away from the festival site. Coming home to a warm cottage with duvets and tea and slippers and an actual shower and a […]

Spiced Sweet Potato Magic

Indian Spiced Chapatis-2

Baking will most probably be forever shrouded in a mystical cloak of reverence for me. As I’ve gotten more confident with cooking, however, I find myself less amazed when something actually works for me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still thoroughly and completely pleased with my achievements. But the same wide-eyed wonderment that I haven’t had a […]

Pasta Tuesdays: Rainbow Swiss Chard

Rainbow Swiss Chard_

Like pretty much everybody else, the start of the week is always a little hectic in our house. On Mondays, we tend to eat light suppers after (more often than not) over-indulging on the weekend. When Tuesdays come around, we can sometimes still feel a little wiped. In need of comfort food, but craving something […]

Summer Tea Time

Podded Peas

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I grew up with my mum, dad, sister and two brothers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Every summer, we travelled home to County Monaghan and spent the summer with our grannies and extended family. One thing we always longed for was our Nanny B’s home-grown potatoes. And her home-grown […]

Pimp Your Carrots

Honey & Cumin Carrot Couscous

Honey and cumin roasted carrots with toasted couscous and a drizzle of harissa yoghurt. Carrot love!  I’m an equal opportunities eater. By that, I mean that I like to treat all food as equally delicious morsels to chomp on. As much as I try not to discriminate, I do, however, have my favourites. And, I’m […]

The Best of Both Stews

Summery Fish Stew

Year-round comfort Fish Stew Is it just me or does the sun feel “hotter” in Ireland than in genuinely hotter countries? Today was a *blistering* 21 degrees celsius in Dublin city. Ahem. If you went on holiday to, say, Barcelona, you’d be raging if it was 21 degrees. You’d need a light scarf, for heaven’s […]

Sausage and Borlotti Bean Stew

Sausage and Borlotti Bean Stew-2

Borlotti beans and their lovely pink pods I’m all about the sausage and bean stews.  I love them in the winter and I love them in the summer.  I love them best with a kick of chilli and hunk of crusty bread to mop up the sauce. I got some lovely borlotti beans in my […]