I am sure most of you know this but it’s not been long since my husband and I moved to Boston, Massachusetts. It’s a beautiful city in an equally stunning region, surrounded by lush farmland, coastal havens of shellfish and deep blue Atlantic fishing grounds. It is probably the most Irish city in the world outside of Ireland. Yesterday I was driving through Cambridge (home of Harvard University) and cycling in the opposite direction was a guy wearing a Kerry jersey. I am no longer surprised when I hear Irish accents on public transport and half of the kids working in pubs and restaurants over the summer are here on J1 visa’s from Ireland. 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.
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
This is exactly the kind of thing I like to eat on a sunny summer day. Its hearty and filling yet fresh and healthy. Nicoise is one of those recipes that has so many interpretations, its hard to identify the original. So Ive decided to just go with the way I like it to taste. Salty with anchovies, sweet and sharp with balsamic vinegar (I know this is probably a cardinal sin!) and lots of salad material to munch on! The lettuces I use have lots of bite to them but feel free to vary them to your taste. Yum! Continue reading
Hello everybody, huge apologies about my sporadic posts of late. I am back and back on my healthy eating path! Here is my number one recommendation for breakfast on a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning. So we all know that I love Corks Liberty Grill and my favourite meal there by far is their Eggs Benedict. It’s pure breakfast perfection.
There are only 2 problems with it, 1) it’s in Cork, and 2) I would hate to imagine how many calories are in that hollandaise! So what else could I do but create my own version. This one does not have hollandaise sauce but imitates the taste using similar ingredients. I think its a good substitute! As with anything when it comes to healthy eating, portion control is important so Ive halved it here but if you are mighty hungry, you could have a double portion! Let me know what you think!
Healthy Eggs “Benedict”:
Serves 2, 6pp per serving:
- 2 fresh eggs
- 1 english muffin or 2 slices toast
- 2 slices Parma ham
- 100g Low fat philadelphia
- Tablespoon half fat creme fraiche
- Half teaspoon wholegrain mustard
- Half teaspoon dijon mustard
- Tablespoon of milk
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- Drop yellow food colouring (optional)
- Make the sauce first. Put the milk, creme fraiche, soft cheese and mustards in a saucepan and stir until warmed through. Stir in food colouring (if using), lemon juice and season well. Keep warm.
- Fry the parma ham in a dry pan until it is crispy and set aside.
- Pop the muffins or bread in to toast.
- Meanwhile, poach the eggs for 4 minutes maximum. I find a drop of vinegar in a shallow pan of water helps with poaching.
- To assemble, place a slice of ham on each half of muffin. Place an egg on top of each and then divide the sauce amongst the plates.
- Enjoy with a fresh pot of coffee!
As you may have noticed, I have written a lot about Cork lately. I took a trip home in May and literally ate my way through my holiday! It was fantastic although I felt I needed a serious detox after all the food!
Breakfast has recently become my priority mealtime! When I was younger, I used to leave for school at 7am and so could not face eating at that hour of the morning. As I’ve gotten older and work has taken over, I have really noticed the affect a good hearty breakfast can have. I put a big effort in every morning, whether it be porridge, smoothies, poached eggs or even just a fruit salad, I always spend time on what I will have.
Weekend brekkie is special however! Brunch must be the best thing ever invented. Huge plates of yummy breakfast food that can still be eaten when one has only managed to get up at lunchtime! In Cork, every Saturday morning, this meant the Liberty Grill.
This fab american style restaurant opened a good five years ago now and brought its pancake piled plates to the people of Cork. Not a fry-up in sight, they have a varied brunch menu to suit any taste with a distinctly American theme.
When you are first seated, there is a pastry buffet table with all sorts of freshly baked croissants and scones, homemade jams and all of the local morning papers. This is a nice touch as you can help yourself to a scone and a paper while you wait for the main event. For me, this always means Eggs Benedict. It is truly one of their specialities.
On the plate in front of you, you get two slices of homemade sourdough toast topped with nice and crispy bacon and two perfectly poached eggs. I mean perfect, they have this lovely hard cooked white with a perfectly runny centre. All this is then smothered in the tastiest hollandaise sauce I have ever had! Heaven on a plate. They have a selection of other egg dishes including boiled and scrambled eggs on toast.
They also have a great selection of freshly squeezed juices, yoghurt, granola and fruit if any of these take your fancy!
It really is worth a trip there if you are anywhere near Cork, you will not be disappointed. My only problem is I have yet to find anywhere in London that even compares! Miss you Liberty Grill!!