Winter Beets

Beetroot Salad-7

2013 felt to me like the year of the beet. Beetroot hummus was a staple in my house throughout the year, often paired with smoked salmon but sometimes just enjoyed solo on toast. We even made a forkful out of it. One of my most memorable dishes of 2013 was Katie Sanderson’s Beet Bourguignon at […]

DIY Crackers


A few weeks back, I challenged my friends Lucy and Ferdia to a Come Dine With Me 2013. Very 2011, I know, but we had been talking ALL year about cooking for each other last year and it never happened. I thought putting a competitive spin on it might get us all together long enough […]

Folláin Christmas Masterclass

Folllain Jams

Photo courtesy of Folláin Irish Preserves I am delighted to be guest hosting the Folláin Christmas Masterclass next Thursday the 22nd of November in Andrew Rudd’s Medley in Dublin’s city centre. I’ll be joined by Peadar and Mairin O’Lionáird, who’ll be sharing with us the history of their preserve, jam, marmalade, salsa and relish making careers. […]

Smokey Baked Beans


I love autumn for lots of reasons, but somewhere near the top of the list is the way this season changes our menus. I love the seemingly sudden shift from light salads and meats to earthy mushrooms, stews and soup as the comfort dishes reappear on our tables after their summer hibernation. On a wonderfully […]

Roasted Carrot and Pomegranate Couscous


Pomegranate seeds are wonderful little things. Sure, they don’t leave the cosy skin of a pomegranate easily and make a frightful mess upon doing so. They can be tricky to find too though I always find them in Fallon & Byrne, where I pay a hefty price for them. But they are totes worth it. […]

Tasty Tricks: Basil Tzatziki


I love finding new inspiration for recipes from any source that’s willing to give it. Cookbooks, other cooks, blogs, TV shows, and eating out. The words ‘basil tzatziki’ caught my eye on a menu recently and I just had to recreate it at home. This took all of three minutes to whip together and it […]

Beetroot Hummus Loves


And so I thoughtlessly cast cauliflower aside in favour of my new favourite thing: Beetroot Hummus. Having first tasted it at Skinflint, I’ve made this a few times over the last while and not only does it have the most amazing colour, it tastes amazebombs AND it’s a piece of cake to make. It’s a […]

Roasted Cauliflower…in Risotto?

Roasted Cauliflower Risotto-6

Yes! I know I’m in danger of seeming evangelical about roasted cauliflower at this stage but this little risotto recipe is not the work of a caulifundamentalist, I promise you. Our weather in Dublin has been (surprise!) rather changeable of late and I always think a good risotto is a great dish for transitional seasons. […]

Naughty or Nice: Onion Bhajis

Onion Bhaji

As you may or may not know, I co-write a column called Naughty or Nice with the wonderful Aoife Barry in The Irish Independent’s Weekend magazine on Saturdays. Each week, we try to think of delicious and quick recipes that can cater for those naughty and not-so-naughty eaters out there. If you’re a regular reader […]

A Deliciously Adaptable Salad

Carrot and Red Cabbage Salad

It’s really beginning to feel like spring around my neck of the woods in Dublin. But, as those of you who live here or have visited, our completely bananas weather means that it may feel like spring in the morning before hopping back to winter in the afternoon and ending the day with an autumn […]