In New England, the ground is covered in a thick layer of snow for at least 4-5 months per year. What this means for agriculture is a much shorter growing season than what us Irish are used to. Fruit and vegetable availability is diminished and animals are moved inside for the winter.
I love a good roast dinner – its probably the tradition I miss most! At home, my family all try and get together on a Sunday evening to enjoy a roast before the chaos of the week. We have done so for years and there is something so comforting about both the food and the tradition. Pork has always been a favorite, that is for sure. Continue reading
I knew St. Patricks day was a big deal in the US – I am just not sure I knew it was this big! When I say everything turns green, I mean everything! The rivers, the coffee, the beer – yep, all a lurid color known as Kelly Green! Its so big here in Boston that the famed mayor of the 1940’s Mr J.M. Curley ferreted out a historic event that co-incided with St Patricks Day so that he could declare it a public holiday, namely Evacuation Day. Continue reading
If there is one food I have become utterly addicted to since moving to the States, it has got to be ramen. No, I am not talking about those little packets of instant noodles with sachets of seasoning (c’mon, I thought you knew me at this stage!) Continue reading
Beans are somewhat overlooked in my opinion! All this talk of superfoods we hear seems to have bypassed the fact that these little pulses are completely brilliant! Full of protein, they are a vegetarian dream and are just as good for us carnivores too. Continue reading
Today is a first for me. New England has been issued with a blizzard warning. Yep, thats new….Im not sure Ireland has ever experienced a blizzard so I will be honest and say I’m nervous! The snow is coming down steadily outside and a winter wonderland has emerged. Classic casserole weather. Continue reading
Every year, the eternal debate rages after Christmas in most households – what should we do with the leftovers?! Now I adore a reheated Christmas dinner and the leftover sandwich is a hard one to beat. However, what about all of the turkey meat that inevitably gets left behind? That delicous dark meat the lurks on the bird waiting for its moment is perfect for a pie. Continue reading
Sometimes, people laugh off the classics as retro, old fashioned, kitsch. While it can be true that a dish can be over used, there is no denying that a classic becomes that for a reason. One of my favorite classic dinners is tarragon chicken. Simple and straightforward, in reality, perfecting this retro dish can be tricky. Browning the chicken can ruin the aesthetic of the pale creamy sauce, not that its the end of the world! Continue reading
I ve basically become addicted to asian food. Its true, if it has rice or noodles and some obscure asian ingredients….I am on board! We are lucky enough in Boston to be surrounded by great Japanese, Korean and Thai restaurants. From Bibimbap to Thai larb, there is little I have found that I haven’t enjoyed! We are still searching for good Indian food so any input on that front will be most welcome.
Pork is certainly a favorite in my family. Its a very versatile meat for stews and casseroles and it is delicous for roasting (crackling!!!). It is hard to beat a classic though and its no secret that pork and apple make a wonderful combination. Pork chops make for a super simple, tasty midweek dinner and when paired with these glazed apple slices, you have something really quick and totally delicous. Continue reading