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…]

Market Table – 21st May 2016

Summer is finally here in Zürich! We’ve had weeks of rain, which has been even harder to take when hearing about heatwaves and the like in Ireland… To take advantage of the dry weather, I hopped on my bike and cycled along the river to the Oerlikon market. It’s great seeing all the new summer-time … [Read more…]

Sticky Chinese Chicken

The name of this dish makes it sound a bit filthy… And it is. It’s unapologetically sweet and spicy, and is covered in chicken juice. It’s a one-dish-wonder that forces you to get your hands dirty. It’s also ridiculously easy to make! Do it now… Try to only use free-range chicken. Buy it from your … [Read more…]