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.
I know it sounds strange but similar to scent, food can bring me back to happy moments in my past. I smell tarte tatin and I am immediately transported to a small village restaurant in the coastal town of Port Grimaud (near St Tropez) where we shared the dessert as a birthday treat for my mother many years ago.
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
Halloween is HUGE in the US! I mean, stores overflowing with decorations, costumes and sweets (sorry candy!) Since the leaves even had a tinge of orange, every house in the neighborhood has been decorated with wreaths and pumpkins. People really get stuck into holidays and festivals here and I am really enjoying the fun! Continue reading
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
Courgettes or zucchini, whatever you call these pretty green squash, they are such versatile vegetables and one of my favorite ingredients. Roasted, grilled, fried….I love them any way I can get them. Serendipitously, I had some leftover shredded courgette after dinner a few nights ago and I immediately thought about fritters. Continue reading
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