Seaside squid and tomato pasta

Picture this: you’re at a nice seaside restaurant, sitting outside in the open air. The sun has set but just barely and the horizon is filled with all shades of purples and blues. The tablecloth is immaculately white; your partner is across the table from you enjoying a glass of a local farmer’s fresh red wine. When all seems perfect and can’t get any better, your waiter serves you the following dish: al dente pasta topped with fresh squid sautéed to perfection and a tomato sauce with garlic, thyme, olives and topped with just a sprinkling of feta and coriander. Continue reading

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Crispy Salmon Salad

Here’s a recipe for a quick and easy, not to mention delicious, summery salad that’s got a twist or two up its sleeve. Inspiration came from Susan Jane White’s The Extra Virgin Kitchen which is a really cool book filled with loads of healthy, interesting recipes.

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Champagne Cocktail for the New Year and Beyond

Tradition. It’s a big thing this time of year, with practically everyone celebrating one thing or another with friends and family. But no matter how you choose to usher in the New Year, you’ll probably be doing it by drinking some form of champagne or one of its sparkling wine knockoffs derivatives such as Spanish Cava or Italian Prosecco. Good champagne is very good, while great champagne can be superb. Unfortunately, it is almost always priced accordingly and the age-old adage “no free lunches” most certainly applies. Continue reading

Festive Gingerbread Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing

It’s starting to get dark early this time of the year. Through the windows you can see people wrapped up in layers of warmth, hurrying to escape the winter chills of the incoming night. Inside, it’s warm and bright, and as I pour myself a glass of red wine I turn a vintage radio station on. Dean Martin’s voice fills the kitchen… and the stage is set for perfect gingerbread cooking experience… Continue reading

Seafood Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes which can find itself incorporated into many a meal and frequently steals the show. It can be infinitely altered to suit your ingredients and taste. Yet while risotto may seem complicated to make, nothing can be further from the truth. Continue reading

Rhubarb & Gooseberry Crumble

If you checked out our post about our visit to Douglas Farmer’s Market you might have seen that we came home with a couple of bags filled with all kinds of goodies. On a whim, we decided to get some lovely rhubarb, strawberries and gooseberries which came from Co. Laois. We rarely get rhubarb and gooseberries but we enjoy them at restaurants, usually in desserts. After having a quick gander on the internet regarding what to do with them, we decided to make a simple and tasty rhubarb and gooseberry crumble. Continue reading

Cabbage juice – a healing journey

Cabbage juice… might not be the most appealing thing you want to drink first thing in the morning. But it’s healing powers, specially for those suffering from gastritis, make it well worth a try.
I am one of those people and I have been taking pills for it every day for almost three years. When one type of pills stopped working and I switched to some new ones, I decided to look into natural remedies and maybe help myself that way.
A long time ago I heard that cabbage juice helps so I searched the internet to see if other people had some experience with it as well. And they did… lots of them. Continue reading

Marshmallow hunt at the Douglas Farmers Market

In our last post about Ballymaloe Food Festival we mentioned these fantastic gourmet marshmallows made by “Cloud” confectionery. After looking around on the internet we found out they have a stand in the Douglas Farmers Market, just 15 minutes away from our home!

Needless to say, when the weekend came, we made our way over there to hunt down this heavenly stand.

This is how we found them… and what we found along the way…. Continue reading