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Seared Scallops and Corn Risotto

We all know at this stage about my obsession with corn and all the sweetness it can bring to a meal. It is the height of corn season in New England and those beautiful cobs are overflowing from baskets at every market. Last weekend, in the search for a new way to use it up, I gave this corn risotto a go. It was delicious as it was but when we had visitors planned for this week, I decided to up the ante. Enter scallops! Continue reading

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New England Corn Chowder

When you think of a country, chances are you have some preconception about the food there, regardless as to whether its accurate. Its pretty common to hear people declare their love for corned beef and cabbage when thinking of Irish food when, really it is an immigrant interpretation of bacon and cabbage. France has its snails, frogs legs and baguettes. England has its fish and chips, bangers and mash and Spain – tapas and paella. Sometimes though, these preconceptions are wholly on point and that is a joyous thing. Continue reading

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Grilled Peach, Goats Cheese and Blueberry Salad

This salad is one of my favourite lunches at the moment. It is full of the best of New England produce and is like summer in a bowl. It makes a great weekend lunch to eat outside or as a side dish at a BBQ. The important thing here is to use ripe juicy peaches and to grill them slowly, grilling them too quickly will make them stick to the grill. Grilling them brings out even more sweetness and the peppery rocket balances this really well. Continue reading

Seared Tuna

Seared Tuna with Fresh Mango Salsa

I cant begin to count the number of times I have heard the phrase “I don’t like tuna” and I totally understand! When most people grow up on soggy tuna sandwiches made with that tinned stuff in brine, I can see why people have a negative view of this majestic fish – what a shame! Fresh tuna steaks are something special, beautiful meaty flesh that can be a great carrier for strong flavour. Continue reading

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Sunshine Food

Happy Memorial Day folks, I really had no idea how big a holiday it is in the USA and its been interesting to learn about it. It also seems to mark the start of Summer in New England with people taking trips out to the Cape and the islands to kick off the season. Its been fun to see things coming to life. Continue reading

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Fluffy Lemon Sour Cream Pancakes

At this stage, we all know that I have a serious affinity for breakfast foods! I love brunch probably more than most meals. Savory or sweet, this is my kind of meal. Lets face it, pancakes make most people happy!

For the last few years, we have made a little tradition in our house of going to New York for Thanksgiving. Its such a fantastic way of getting into the festive spirit and do some Christmas shopping. I love watching the parade and wandering around, looking at Christmas windows. Continue reading

White Bread

Ballymaloe No-Knead White Yeast Bread

What type of bread do you eat? Are you a sliced pan kind of person or do you rush to your local bakery a couple of times a week to pick up a crusty baguette or tasty sourdough boule? Is a crusty loaf of white yeast bread your thing?

I have fallen in love with baking bread. It all started back at the Firehouse Bread School last summer and only increased at Ballymaloe. I baked at least a loaf a day while I was there and continued that when I arrived in Boston, testing out different brands of flour, different additions and mixes. This continued until I realized we couldn’t physically keep eating that much bread! I have had to limit it to a loaf or two a week. Continue reading