Irish Food in Boston

Happy July everybody! Its been a whirlwind few months here in sunny Boston with Sásta popping up all over the place. From farmers markets to specialty food stores, we are having a brilliant summer bringing Irish food to the masses.

One of the things I have loved most about working at farmers markets here is listening to people’s stories about their Irish travels and their heritage.It never ceases to amaze me the influence our little green rock in the sea seems to hold over people. I suppose it makes sense though….living in Boston, its hard to avoid the Irish influence in this city. So many people I have spoken to long for a taste of Ireland, things they miss from home. This week, I thought I would give you an overview of the best  places in and around Boston to stock up on those expat essentials. Continue reading

Seared Pork Chops with Glazed Apple

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

Hey There Pumpkin!

I do not know why but I have long held a desire to spend autumn in New England. The colors, flavors and lifestyle portrayed in movies may have had something to do with it! Now that it is coming in to fall, those movies are coming to life all around me. I am finally experiencing the stunning light and vibrancy that seems to have crept up on us all overnight!

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The Art of the Cheeseboard

There are few things I enjoy more than cheese! The variety in cheese is astounding and it can bring you on a journey right from your own kitchen. France is undoubtedly the kingpin of cheese producing but many other nations are catching up. Ireland’s farmhouse cheese movement has produced some incredible dairy products in recent years. Similarly, in the US, Vermont has seen major developments in farmstead cheeses and is producing some to rival France. Continue reading

Seared Scallops and Corn Risotto

We all know at this stage about my obsession with corn and all the sweetness it can bring to a meal. It is the height of corn season in New England and those beautiful cobs are overflowing from baskets at every market. Last weekend, in the search for a new way to use it up, I gave this corn risotto a go. It was delicious as it was but when we had visitors planned for this week, I decided to up the ante. Enter scallops! Continue reading

New England Corn Chowder

When you think of a country, chances are you have some preconception about the food there, regardless as to whether its accurate. Its pretty common to hear people declare their love for corned beef and cabbage when thinking of Irish food when, really it is an immigrant interpretation of bacon and cabbage. France has its snails, frogs legs and baguettes. England has its fish and chips, bangers and mash and Spain – tapas and paella. Sometimes though, these preconceptions are wholly on point and that is a joyous thing. Continue reading