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Author: Michael

Chicken story

Chicken story

Having grown up on a farm, the desire to be somewhat self-sufficient is something I have never lost. Living in a city, you’re never going to have enough space to grow all of your food but you can use what space you have creatively. I […]

Stuffed zucchini flowers

Stuffed zucchini flowers

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” The old adage is very true when it comes to Zucchini flowers. They are one of those things that are either treasured or discarded without a second thought. I learned to treasure them while living in Italy where […]

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Try this quick and easy Irish Soda Bread recipe, goes great with a hearty soup or serve with some honey mustard and smoked salmon!

Spicy Carrot, Tomato and Coconut Soup served with Toasted Pecans

Spicy Carrot, Tomato and Coconut Soup served with Toasted Pecans

Indulge yourself with this deliciously moreish Spicy Carrot, Tomato and Coconut Soup served with Toasted Pecans. This is a real winner all year round, best served with a nice thick slice of Irish soda bread. Spicy Carrot, Tomato and Coconut Soup served with Toasted Pecans […]

Summer Green Pea, Mint and Chilli soup

Summer Green Pea, Mint and Chilli soup

Summer Green Pea, Mint and Chilli soup15 minCook Time 15 minTotal Time Save Recipe Print Recipe Ingredients400 grams peas, fresh or frozenOne large onion, chopped1 stick of celery chopped.Three cloves of garlic, mincedOne small spicy chilli pepper, finely choppedA dozen mint leavesHalf a dozen basil […]

Irish Porter Cake

Irish Porter Cake

As the name suggests, this cake was traditionally made with porter (which is a lighter version of a stout) but it can equally be made with stout like Guinness or Murphy’s (if you’re in Cork) or indeed any beer will do but a stout or […]

Black Forest Gateau

Black Forest Gateau

    Time for some serious comfort food! Black Forest Gateau is my favourite cake without exception. I don’t get home that often so, when I do, this is the first thing on my wish list for my mother to make – I have made […]

Roasted artichoke, tomato and chilli pasta

Roasted artichoke, tomato and chilli pasta

During artichoke season there are so many great ways to enjoy fresh artichokes, one of my favourite is a simple pasta sugo (sauce) made with the leaves of roasted artichokes mixed into a regular sugo. Even factoring in baking the artichokes for half an hour, […]

Serbian Sataraš

Serbian Sataraš

Sataraš is a recipe popular through most of the Balkans. Most countries in the region and even countries to the north, like Hungary, and to the south, like Turkey, have their own versions. This is a Serbian version from Tamara, a good friend of mine […]

Irish Christmas Pudding and Brandy Butter

Irish Christmas Pudding and Brandy Butter

One of my favourite things about Christmas is the cooking. For a lot of the sweet dishes like Christmas cake and Christmas puddings , preparation starts months in advance – they improve with age and have a long shelf life. They should be made at the […]