Asparagus is drawing near the end of it's season (end of April to the end of June) so I'm trying to squeeze in my favourite asparagus salad before it's too late! Fresh, green, tender asparagus mixed with Parmesan for a touch of saltiness and depth, toasted hazelnuts and breadcrumbs for texture and a creamy, soft lemon & yogurt dressing. Delicious.Read more
This is definitely an in-a-rush-to-eat-midweek sort of salad. Boiling and peeling the eggs is the most labour intensive part! For speed I buy the ham hock pre-cooked and shredded from Marks & Spencer, and although I prefer home-made croutons, you can always buy them instead - or just toast a slice of sourdough.
The dressing uses buttermilk, instead of mayo or sour cream, and it's big bold flavour finishes the salad off perfectly. I've used a local blue cheese called "Sperrin Blue", a Dart Mountain Cheese which is a semi soft, creamy, pasteurised blue cheese which is only lightly veined. I don't like it too funky!Read more
I’m calling these “Scotch Eggs Derry style” because they are a traditional scotch egg, i.e., a boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried, but the sausage meat wrap that I use is an adapted version of a pork stuffing I use to stuff a chicken.
I use Denny’s Gold Medal Pork Sausage Meat [a 200 year-old Irish brand] mixed with proper pork mince. I then flavour it with a mixture of fresh herbs [sage is the essential herb in the mixture] and roll it in Panko breadcrumbs for an extra crunchy exterior.Read more
In fairness I couldn’t do Pie Month without including a classic Irish Beef & Guinness Pie!
When I lived in Miami and non-Irish friends came over for dinner they’d frequently ask for “something traditional”… and this is what they’d get...Read more
As building work begins on my house, life is a bit upside down... simple and quickly prepared meals are on the menu starting with this Salmon & Herb Salad...Read more
A few weeks ago I developed this recipe for the Northern Ireland Dairy Council “Creative Cheese” food bloggers competition. The aim was to marry together the fantastic local flavours of Northern Ireland cheese with my family’s soda bread recipe. It didn’t make the cut in the competition, but I still think it’s a pretty tasty versatile recipe!Read more
Irish scallops ceviche style... a few ingredients and super fresh scallop is all you need - and maybe a pint of Guinness...Read more
These little fishy cakes are great because you can make them up the day before you need them, which is always a plus in my book. Same goes for the lemon mayonnaise which keeps for ages in the fridge! I made the fishcakes with homemade chips but a salad would be equally nice, and healthier too obviously.Read more
The Fortune-telling Apple Pie - an old Halloween tradition in our house, but it's basically a standard apple pie with three parchment-wrapped objects hidden between the layers of the apples - a ring, a button and a coin. Which ever slice you choose will predict your future...Read more
It's October... Foraging Month and as part Derry’s Slow Food Festival I decided to take my girls with me on a foraging walk at Butterlope Farm under the guidance of Annie Mullan. It was a fantastic day out and armed with a couple of handfuls of blackberries I made a tasty little clafoutis - basically a baked custard french recipe using blackberries rather than the traditional cherries...Read more
So this week I went along to a Pop-Up Cookery School to learn how to make traditional Northern Irish artisan breads under the watchful eye of Mark Douglas, aka the Krazi Baker....Read more
One thing I've loved since being back in Northern Ireland is the delicious local dairy products - milk, butter, and the best cream ever. I've never shied away from using them in the past and now I'm back I'll probably use even more!Read more
It’s been a long time since I last updated, but not without reason… I have moved yet again, this time from Miami back to my hometown Derry in Northern Ireland...Read more
These scones are 100% authentic Irish. The recipe was originally from my paternal Grandmother Bridget Nelis who was from Dunree, Donegal, Ireland. She would get up every morning and make scone for her family of 9 children - Anna, Betty, Margaret, Patsy, Isobel, Billy, Paddy, Gerrard and my dad George! Despite having 5 girls of her own, she passed on the recipe to my Mum, Vivienne, who has hence "passed" it on to me.Read more
For me the only shortbread worth buying is Walker's Scottish Shortbread. Crumbly, buttery, calorific goodness - I just wouldn't buy any other! However, when living in Jamaica, Walker's Shortbread understandably wasn't stocked in any supermarkets, and here in Miami...Read more
I bought some culinary lavender to make a lamb and lavender recipe that I had in my mind for a while. I still haven’t got around to developing that recipe but I took a notion of lavender shortbread around St Valentine’s Day and went for it...Read more
Busy month with packing, last days of school, birthdays and now Father's Day. As Sean is still away in Cayman I asked my Dad what he would like me to make him for his Father's Day dinner. His reply was "A Pie"...Read more
I know that coming up to Christmas mince pies are moreso the seasonal thing, but since I'm in Ireland this year Marks & Spencer will be providing those - definitely the best ones around especially the puff pastry ones with...Read more