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The Art of the Cheeseboard

There are few things I enjoy more than cheese! The variety in cheese is astounding and it can bring you on a journey right from your own kitchen. France is undoubtedly the kingpin of cheese producing but many other nations are catching up. Ireland’s farmhouse cheese movement has produced some incredible dairy products in recent years. Similarly, in the US, Vermont has seen major developments in farmstead cheeses and is producing some to rival France. Continue reading

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Caramelised Peach French Toast

When I go to the farmers market, I can’t resist stocking up on the best of seasonal ingredients. Nothing wrong with this except for the fact that sometimes, my eyes are bigger than my belly. Its common for us to have far too much food for two people as a result. This is where my “using up” skills come in to play! I fill the freezer with what I can and then make jams, chutneys and sauces with whatever remains. French toast is a classic dish for using up stale bread and is a fantastic carrier for a range of toppings. Continue reading

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Old Fashioned Coffee Cake

In Ireland, dropping into a neighbor or friend for a chat and a cup of tea is common place and nobody is ever offended if you show up unannounced. I was always taught it is important not to arrive empty handed though, something I carry with me today! Coffee cake, for me, has a nostalgic flavor which reminds me of every coffee cake my mother brought as gifts to friends growing up. Continue reading

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Sticky Banana Bread

I like bananas, I really do. They are the perfect snack or breakfast food. In a previous job, my boss ate a banana every day at 10am, which we collectively named nana time! However, I have a major problem with them. I don’t like them enough to eat every day and so I often end up with a lot of brown bananas, begging to be used up. There is only one solution to this problem…..banana bread! Continue reading

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Fabulous Focaccia

Bread has certainly become one of my great loves – well baking bread! I find the whole process both fascinating and frustrating is equal measure. I have had many bread failures over the years and continue to do so (hello, sourdough!) but that doesn’t stop me from baking bread three or four times a week. Continue reading

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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