Hoisin Sauce

I am a big fan of Asian cooking… I love all of the sweet and salty flavours… the dash of spice… the sauces! Asian food is really easy to cook, but I think we’ve all become very reliant on shop-bought pastes and sauces. These are jammed full of sugar and preservatives. They may taste good, … [Read more…]

The Wild West

My husband and I spent last week travelling along the north-west and west coasts of Ireland. What an amazing area! We cannot recommend it highly enough. Non-foodie highlights included the ‘Cup of Tae’ festival in Ardara (this is a trad music festival and has nothing to do with tea), the beautiful beaches around Glenties, the Blue Stack … [Read more…]

Huevos Rancheros

My husband has a problem with the word ‘brunch’. He’s quite happy to eat it (as long as he thinks it’s breakfast or lunch), but if the word ‘brunch’ passes someone’s lips, he’s out. It is an irrational dislike, which I put down to his fear of being a fad-following, city-dwelling, yuppy. However, I still convince him on regular occasions … [Read more…]


   Guacamole Serves 4 (as generous dip) Ingredients one small, red onion juice of 1 lime 2 ripe avocados dried garlic powder salt and pepper optional extras: ground coriander, chilli flakes, fresh coriander, finely diced tomatoes… Method Cut the onion up very finely Pour the juice of the lime over the chopped onion, and leave … [Read more…]

Pomegranate and Blood Orange Cake

It’s my Dad’s birthday today (Happy Birthday, Dad!!!) Plus, the weather has been absolutely miserable here over the past few days, so I deemed it cake time! I picked up some juicy blood oranges at the market, so they took centre stage, along with a pomegranate. The colours of this cake really stand out, and … [Read more…]