Irish Food in Boston

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

Sásta Strawberry Shortcake

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

On Ireland and Irish Food….

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

Sásta: Irish Potato Soup with Kale Pesto

Yesterday, I turned 30. I was not particularly stressed about it nor am I a massive birthday person but I have spent some time lately thinking about where life has brought me in the last decade. It honestly has been wonderful! I have had adventures I could only imagine, received a wonderful education, had dream jobs and met my incredible husband! What more could one ask for……
Well I have had a long held dream, one that began to be a reality when I attended Ballymaloe last year. On my last birthday, I was sitting mid-term exams in the cookery school. This birthday was a bit different. Continue reading

Chocolate Caramel Mousse

I love making desserts but I tend not to make them very often. I suppose that is how it should be, desserts are a treat. That doesn’t stop me dreaming about them however! I am one of those people who would rather a small taste of something decadent rather than an overflowing plate of sugar (which is often what arrives here in the US!) I first tasted this stunning dessert on our last night at Ballymaloe. Devised by the wonderful Rory O’Connell, who is all about refined simplicity, this dessert reflects that perfectly. The chocolate must be dark, as does the caramel, in order to ensure the flavors pop in a small portion. Since that evening, I have been dying to give it a try and finally I got around to it. Continue reading

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

Out and About in Dublin town

So now you have seen some of my new favourite spots in the south, maybe today the Capital should get a mention! Enter Dublin. The capital city of our fair country and a spot I haven’t spent much time in until recently. I have to say, Im in love with how exciting and varied Dublin’s food industry is. There is something for everyone and always something new happening! Its like a mini, condensed version of London, but with a distinctly Irish focus that makes it special for me. New places are constantly popping up in Dublin and its hard to keep up sometimes. Here are some of the places I have tried recently. Continue reading

Food Adventures: Cork and Further Afield

Hi Folks! I know there is no point in apologising for the horrendously long break in service but I am going to anyway! I’m so sorry! This past 6 months have been a total madhouse! I have started a new job, moved country back to Ireland and given up my lovely little house in Whitstable! We are living back home with the parents so cooking has been reduced service lately! On top of all this, our wedding day is now only 10 weeks away! Where has the time gone!! Continue reading