Fall Harvest Salad

Now that the seasons are changing and the wind is picking up, light and fresh foods are making way for warmth and comfort. The clean salads of summer are shifting to heartier dishes. One challenge I always find this time of year is remaining healthy while still enjoying comfort foods.  Continue reading

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

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

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

Exploring Boston

They say moving house, getting married and changing jobs are among the top five most stressful life events an adult can go through. Well we certainly don’t do things by halves in our house. In less than nine months, we have gotten married, left jobs in Ireland and the UK, I returned to study and now we have moved across the Atlantic to Boston, Massachusetts. Sometimes I ask myself are we insane! Continue reading

Gorgeous dogs and Game birds

This week had a particular focus on fowl and in particular, game birds. We were introduced to a beautiful array of birds shot by Tom, a local guard with a passion for shooting. I certainly believe that if you are going to eat meat, you should be conscious of where that meat comes from and Tom has an avid relationship with the birds he is involved with, some of which he is involved in raising. Continue reading

Bloomin’ Brilliant Butchery!

Viewers of a sensitive disposition should look away now, this post contains all the gory details of our fabulous butchery lesson last week! Philip Denhart runs the pizza cafe Saturday Pizzas here at Ballymaloe which runs every Saturday afternoon. It is really worth checking out, delish pizzas made with organic ingredients. But Philip is a man of many talents and it turns out he is also a master butcher. Last Wednesday, a group of ten of us were treated to an after hours butchery lesson where we were taught how to divide up a lamb into the various cuts that are familiar to us all. Continue reading