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

Meyer Lemon Curd

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

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

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

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

Hey There Pumpkin!

I do not know why but I have long held a desire to spend autumn in New England. The colors, flavors and lifestyle portrayed in movies may have had something to do with it! Now that it is coming in to fall, those movies are coming to life all around me. I am finally experiencing the stunning light and vibrancy that seems to have crept up on us all overnight!

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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

Profiteroles

Choux pastry is one of those things that strikes fear into most people! It can be tricky, I’ll admit but once you get the hang of it, its straightforward enough. This choux recipe works as well for eclairs but today you are getting profiteroles with a yummy chocolate and coffee sauce. These are slightly lightened up by reducing the amount of butter you use. Still not exactly healthy eating but you can’t be good all the time. Continue reading