She is Sustainable: Building a sustainable food economy

This is my sustainability story, a story about building a local sustainable food economy, as told at the first She Is Sustainable: Cork conference.

An Alpine Distillery, A Moor Walk and Making Cheese in Bregenzerwald, Austria

This is the second post in a two-part piece about my travels to Vorarlberg in Austria. Read the first part: Mountain Hiking, Herbal Walks and Local Food in Lech, Austria For the second part of my Vorarlberg stay, we moved to Bregenzerwald. The drive to Bregenzerwald from Lech is a magical weave through valleys and mountains. Sweeping [...]

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Mountain Hiking, Herbal Walks and Local Food in Lech, Austria

I am fond of winter but I love to see it go. By the time it leaves it has become an unwelcome guest. It is a relief to see the buds open at Springtime and the trees begin to flourish, as they are this week. Walks home from the supermarket are peppered with mini assaults of [...]

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Minced Beef, Aubergine and Coconut Curry (GF, DF, Speedy)

I know everything should start with an onion, or so the saying goes. Most of my cooking does. But not always. Sometimes just garlic will do and occasionally not at all. When I made this dish I started with minced beef not sure of what I would add next. The final result was a tasty [...]

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A New Brunswick Culinary Road Trip: Starting at Saint John [Part 1]

I am a regular visitor to Canada. I love the vast expanse of it. The people, the calm, the lakes and forests, the cities with the quickly expanding and inspiring culinary scene. Excellent cocktails, terrific Canadian wines, a booming craft booze scene and lovely restaurants and bars to sample them. Canada is an excellent place [...]

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Tagliatelle with Pork, Beef and Black Pudding Ragu

I cooked this at a supper club for 30 people recently. The fourth course of five – all containing black pudding – and as much as I love this dish, I fully did not expect every plate to come back clean. But they did! And so I think we can all agree that it is [...]

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Gluten Free: Coconut Slice

When Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, the couple behind London restaurant Honey & Co were coming to Ballymaloe Litfest in 2015, I took their first book – Honey & Co: The Cookbook – out...

Coconut and Coriander Prawns with Pumpkin (GF, DF)

The more that I cook, the more I desire simplicity. Fresh bright flavours delivered without fuss and with speed. Food that is healthy and bright.  There was a time when I would devote much of my evening to delivering the meal that I would eat, often too late. Increasingly my cooking becomes simpler, fitted into [...]

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Irish Food Writers’ Guild Awards 2019

Raw milk cheese from Counties Down and Cork. A goat farm in Antrim. Organic spelt berries grown in Louth. Rare apple ice wine made from Cork apples. A Dublin-based coffee organisation. A  Cork-based charity...