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 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
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
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.
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
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
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
Bread has certainly become one of my great loves – well baking bread! I find the whole process both fascinating and frustrating is equal measure. I have had many bread failures over the years and continue to do so (hello, sourdough!) but that doesn’t stop me from baking bread three or four times a week. Continue reading
Last week, I spoke about food association people have with places. It is remarkable how enduring these preconceptions can be. In some cases they are not accurate but in the case of potatoes, I have to confess that we Irish do love a good spud! If I could count how many times I told people I was Irish and I was met with a high pitched “potatoes!” exclamation, I would be pretty wealthy by now! Continue reading
At this stage, we all know that I have a serious affinity for breakfast foods! I love brunch probably more than most meals. Savory or sweet, this is my kind of meal. Lets face it, pancakes make most people happy!
For the last few years, we have made a little tradition in our house of going to New York for Thanksgiving. Its such a fantastic way of getting into the festive spirit and do some Christmas shopping. I love watching the parade and wandering around, looking at Christmas windows. Continue reading