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

Grilled Peach, Goats Cheese and Blueberry Salad

This salad is one of my favourite lunches at the moment. It is full of the best of New England produce and is like summer in a bowl. It makes a great weekend lunch to eat outside or as a side dish at a BBQ. The important thing here is to use ripe juicy peaches and to grill them slowly, grilling them too quickly will make them stick to the grill. Grilling them brings out even more sweetness and the peppery rocket balances this really well. Continue reading

Seared Tuna

Seared Tuna with Fresh Mango Salsa

I cant begin to count the number of times I have heard the phrase “I don’t like tuna” and I totally understand! When most people grow up on soggy tuna sandwiches made with that tinned stuff in brine, I can see why people have a negative view of this majestic fish – what a shame! Fresh tuna steaks are something special, beautiful meaty flesh that can be a great carrier for strong flavour. Continue reading

Sunshine Food

Happy Memorial Day folks, I really had no idea how big a holiday it is in the USA and its been interesting to learn about it. It also seems to mark the start of Summer in New England with people taking trips out to the Cape and the islands to kick off the season. Its been fun to see things coming to life. Continue reading

Exploring Boston

They say moving house, getting married and changing jobs are among the top five most stressful life events an adult can go through. Well we certainly don’t do things by halves in our house. In less than nine months, we have gotten married, left jobs in Ireland and the UK, I returned to study and now we have moved across the Atlantic to Boston, Massachusetts. Sometimes I ask myself are we insane! Continue reading

Actual Recipes Today: Irish style Summer salads

I am always entertained by how the Irish greet the faintest speck of sunshine. If a sunny day emerges in April and May, people appear on the streets donning flip-flops, shorts and you may even spot the occasional shirtless man wandering the roads. BBQs come out of storage, cider and rosé become de-rigour in the desperate hope that Summer has arrived. Unfortunately, Ireland’s Summers tend to be notoriously short and unpredictable. Sunshine on a Saturday afternoon can turn to heavy showers by evening and often means BBQ guests ducking for cover and beach-goers sheltering under flimsy umbrellas! Continue reading

Spicy Lamb Steaks with Tabbouleh

I love the Hairy Bikers! They are absolutely nuts but fab! As you guys know from previous posts, these two larger than life northerners embarked on a weight loss journey and did very well! I have given you some recipes from their original cookbook and now, due to the success of the first, they have a new book out! Its called Hairy Dieters: Eat for Life and its great. This is one of the first recipes I tried from the book. I love lamb, but roasting a whole leg of lamb for just two people seems a waste. So this suited me down to the ground. Its really tasty. I made a little mint yoghurt to go with it and it will definately go on the regular dinners list! The salad is great to have in the fridge and have a spoon with lunches so I make lots but this amount has six servings.

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Salade Nicoise

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