Jamie Oliver’s *ahem* 30 Minute Meals

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In late November, Niall got me an early Christmas present treat of Jamie Oliver’s newest cook book Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals, the accompanying Channel 4 TV programme you no doubt enjoyed in the weeks leading to the holidays. I’ve had the chance over the last month or so to try out quite a few of […]

Snowed-In Sausage and Bean Bake Thingy

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Oh noes!  It’s SNOWING.  Obviously this means that no one in Ireland will be leaving their houses for the next five days at least. But what will we eat?? Here’s  a brilliantly warming and delicious dinner, the ingredients to which you will probably have lurking around your cupboards.  Failing that, you should be able to […]

Come Dine With Me: Orange

oranges and brown bread

Last week saw my group of schoolfriends’ Come Dine With Me in Colours move onto Round 2. This time it was Judith and Sarah’s turn and holy wow, did they deliver.  Although I do think Fiona and I did a lovely job with our yellow evening, the Orange girls raised the bar quite significantly.  Looking […]

Monday/Tuesday Stuffed Pepper Pick Me Up

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Roasted peppers stuffed with cous cous.  It couldn’t be more simple yet more rewarding.  I made this last Tuesday when I  was still feeling the after-effects of a rather joyful weekend.  I needed something light, healthy and perhaps above all, fast. The great thing about this dish is that you can keep it super simple, […]

Courgette Carbonara – kinda.

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After our yellow feast on Saturday night, I had a beautiful yellow courgette left over from our courgette and parmesan tarts.  I picked up this lovely legume in Fallon and Byrne, and although last month was really the right time to be eating them, they still tasted swell. This afternoon, after a mercifully halfdayMonday, I […]

Mellow Yellow Come Dine With Me


Our Come Dine Yellow With Us menu It’s that time of year again, folks.  That’s right – it’s Round 3 of my school friends’ Come Dine With Me, wherein we ruthlessly mark each other out of 10 for cooking a three course meals in teams of two. This is the third year that my friends […]

Batta bing batta bean!

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We’re definitely at the end of our transition into Autumn here in Dublin.  The lightish winter coat has come out of the closet and I’m slowly but surely getting reacquainted with my scarf collection.  Which I’m very happy about, indeed. Another thing I’m happy about is the wintery-esque weather gives one the excuse to indulge […]

Unsicht-Bar: Berlin


Dinner at unsicht-Bar, Berlin Exactly a fortnight ago, myself  and Niall went through one of the more unforgettable food experiences we’re likely to enjoy on our culinary travels together. Upon recommendations from a reliable source on Twitter, we made a reservation for the unsicht-Bar Berlin before travelling to the capital city for the Berlin Festival […]

Cafe Gandolfi: Glasgow

Seamus and Aoife

Seamus MacInnes and I on the first of myself and Niall’s three visits to Cafe Gandolfi in two days.  We just really liked it. As I travel around, I find myself collecting favourite hang out spots, whether they be restaurants, cafes, bars or shops that I love.  Mentally, I’m creating my perfect town which would […]

The Harvest Meal

wild salmon carpaccio with brown bread

Wild Salmon Carpaccio served with Amazonnaise I’ve mentioned my friends Alan and Colette before on this blog, usually in connection with Come Dine With Me.  Not only are they fabulous friends, but they share our enthusiasm for food, fine wines *ahem* and music.  So it’s pretty easy to see why we get on so well. […]