Lamb is such a beautiful meat – delicately flavored yet robust enough to stand up to strong seasoning. Lamb is a mainstay in cuisines across the world. Yet funnily enough, lamb is not abundant in New England and from what I understand, the US as a whole follows suit. I have done a fair bit of googling on the subject and it frankly, baffles me! Continue reading
Happy July everybody! Its been a whirlwind few months here in sunny Boston with Sásta popping up all over the place. From farmers markets to specialty food stores, we are having a brilliant summer bringing Irish food to the masses.
One of the things I have loved most about working at farmers markets here is listening to people’s stories about their Irish travels and their heritage.It never ceases to amaze me the influence our little green rock in the sea seems to hold over people. I suppose it makes sense though….living in Boston, its hard to avoid the Irish influence in this city. So many people I have spoken to long for a taste of Ireland, things they miss from home. This week, I thought I would give you an overview of the best places in and around Boston to stock up on those expat essentials. Continue reading
It is Mothers Day in the US on Sunday. While I am not one for Hallmark holidays, I do think its nice to remember every now and then how much our mothers do for us and show them that it doesn’t go un-noticed. As one might expect, celebrations in our house growing up always involved food! I remember mums birthday or mothers days toasted with brunches and bubbles! I may be on the opposite side of the world (and mothers day in Ireland was in March!) but I am still thinking about my mum and how much I would like to celebrate with her. Continue reading
I am amazed that it has taken me this long to post about this dish! Pasta Puttanesca and pesto genovese are easily some of my husbands favorite meals. I know for most people, pasta is a go-to easy meal when you are low on time. For me, this isn’t the case. I very rarely eat pasta so when I do, it has got to be something I know I will enjoy wholeheartedly! Continue reading
In New England, the ground is covered in a thick layer of snow for at least 4-5 months per year. What this means for agriculture is a much shorter growing season than what us Irish are used to. Fruit and vegetable availability is diminished and animals are moved inside for the winter.
I love a good roast dinner – its probably the tradition I miss most! At home, my family all try and get together on a Sunday evening to enjoy a roast before the chaos of the week. We have done so for years and there is something so comforting about both the food and the tradition. Pork has always been a favorite, that is for sure. Continue reading
Meyer lemon is not something I have ever tried before. Sweeter than a lemon with an almost tangerine flavor to them, they are an unusual taste that seems to work best for dessert dishes. They are coming to the end of their season and last week, I was lucky enough to acquire a big bag for $2. I snapped them up of course, but was left pondering as to what to make. Continue reading
I knew St. Patricks day was a big deal in the US – I am just not sure I knew it was this big! When I say everything turns green, I mean everything! The rivers, the coffee, the beer – yep, all a lurid color known as Kelly Green! Its so big here in Boston that the famed mayor of the 1940’s Mr J.M. Curley ferreted out a historic event that co-incided with St Patricks Day so that he could declare it a public holiday, namely Evacuation Day. Continue reading
I am sure most of you know this but it’s not been long since my husband and I moved to Boston, Massachusetts. It’s a beautiful city in an equally stunning region, surrounded by lush farmland, coastal havens of shellfish and deep blue Atlantic fishing grounds. It is probably the most Irish city in the world outside of Ireland. Yesterday I was driving through Cambridge (home of Harvard University) and cycling in the opposite direction was a guy wearing a Kerry jersey. I am no longer surprised when I hear Irish accents on public transport and half of the kids working in pubs and restaurants over the summer are here on J1 visa’s from Ireland. Continue reading
Rhubarb seems to be a controversial fruit! I have met so many people who grew up on mushy, stewed, stringing rhubarb and now cannot stand the sight of it. Then there are those who count down the days until rhubarb season so they can use the pretty pink perfection in desserts, with salads and anything they can imagine. Continue reading