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
Yesterday, I turned 30. I was not particularly stressed about it nor am I a massive birthday person but I have spent some time lately thinking about where life has brought me in the last decade. It honestly has been wonderful! I have had adventures I could only imagine, received a wonderful education, had dream jobs and met my incredible husband! What more could one ask for……
Well I have had a long held dream, one that began to be a reality when I attended Ballymaloe last year. On my last birthday, I was sitting mid-term exams in the cookery school. This birthday was a bit different. 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
Eataly is a chain of Italian inspired stores which started in NY and and has most recently spread to Boston. I say stores, to be honest, Eataly is more like a shrine to food through an Italian eye. I spent a day at the mega mart on opening weekend and have visited a few times since. Here is a little insight into what lies beneath this facade. 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
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.