Vintage Chowder

This dish is inspired by my absolute favourite restaurant in Dublin (and possibly the world): The Vintage Kitchen. It’s a tiny little restaurant with an open kitchen beside Mulligans pub (best Guinness in Dublin according to yer man). They have a very small menu which changes regularly, and focuses on great ingredients and straight forward … [Read more…]

Market Table – 14th June 2016

A beautiful, sunny day at Oerlikon market, I picked up loads of summery fruit and vegetables. I also saw courgette flowers (attached to courgettes) for the first time this year. If you see them, snap them up and try some delicious stuffed courgette flowers! I also picked up a kilo of lamb shoulder and a 500g … [Read more…]

Elderflower Cordial

This is another recipe that brings me back to my childhood. My Mum and Granny have been making it for years. My most vivid memory of it is sitting in my Granny’s back garden with a big jug. She would add ice, sparkling water and very finely chopped chunks of lemon (skin on), which you could munch … [Read more…]

Swiss Chard Salad

Swiss chard is similar to Swiss roll, in that neither have anything to do with Switzerland. I googled both foodstuffs to find any possible links to this little, land-locked island, but couldn’t find any reasonable explanation. I’ve now decided they just chose those names to make them sound efficient, organised and well-made?! I picked up … [Read more…]

Strawberry Smoothies

I don’t usually make smoothies. I’m a big fan of fruit in it’s natural form and rarely feel the need to blend it up. However, I recently had a glut of bananas that were going off. I thought of making banana bread, but decided to google other ideas instead. One recommendation I came across was … [Read more…]

Flemish Asparagus

I’ll be honest here… I was slightly freaked out when I first encountered white asparagus. I was familiar with its green brother; a healthy-looking sprightly lad, but when I met his paler sibling, I was shocked. How could this flacid, anaemic stick, be asparagus? It didn’t help that I had met the pre-cooked version from … [Read more…]

Crunchy Artichoke and Fresh Peas

I am slightly terrified of artichokes. They look like big, scary pinecones, and it’s hard to imagine which part of them could be edible. They also poke you a lot when you’re trying to get them ready. When I’m preparing them, I often wonder who figured out that there was something so tasty inside. Whoever … [Read more…]