Fifty shades of blue – Summer Drinks

    If Ireland has forty shades of green then Greece has to have 50 shades of blue. We are back on our beautiful Island, Paros, in the Cyclades. Every year it becomes more like a home, when the car rental guy notices you’ve changed your hair ( seriously!) and the ice cream man has […]


Bread and Butter

    I spent a few days last month in Cork hosting a Lens and Larder workshop with my friend and collaborator Imen McDonnell. Lens and Larder is a photography and food styling workshop. We invite in photographers and food stylists from all over the world, to come  and work with us to teach the […]


Crunchy Easter Rhubarb Tartlets with Vanilla Custard

Crunchy Rhubarb Tartlets with Vanilla Custard Serves 6 Preheat oven to 200C *Read note below before you start Sweet pastry 170g Cream Flour 60g Ground Almonds 115g Butter (cold) 100g Icing Sugar 1 Egg Cold water Cut the cold butter into cubes and rub into the flour and almonds until it resembles breadcrumbs. Then add […]


Stepping into Spring – A Robust Spring(ish) Salad

A burst of spring sunlight has me wanting to make all kinds of lovely salads for a moment and then the sky clouds over and I feel my feet firmly stuck in winter again. What calendar do you go by, the one in which Spring starts in February or March? Ireland seems to be the […]


Mussel and Smoked Haddock Chowder

I have just been out for a blustery and wet but wonderful walk on Dogs bay and Gurteen beach with my husband and three children. We walked to the edge of the headland to watch the waves crash in on the rocks. We stood for a while taking it all in, watching the sky, watching […]


Quince Trifle and Charred Figgy Sprouts

Let the festivities begin!! This is a very easy and deliciously different way to prepare your brussels sprouts, the sweetness of the figs with the smokey , spicy chorizo is a great match for the sprouts. I like to use Fingal Ferguson Gubbeen Smokehouse raw chorizo. Serves 4-6 300g/9 oz brussels sprouts 60g/2oz chorizo 100g/4oz […]


October Fool, a tangy quince dessert.

Get the boxset Quince it the quintessential October fruit. Its tough, its inedible when raw, it drys your mouth out like nothing on earth, its difficult to manage but, when cooked, it rewards you in spades with its layers and layers of flavour. This year, in September, in the nick of time for an important […]


Autumn / Fall drink bursting with flavour- Blackberry and Bog Myrtle Cordial

Its October and its taken until now for the blackberries to ripen properly in these parts due to the lack of sunshine this summer no doubt. However, we are now having our indian summer and I have never seen Connemara looking so beautiful. I think nearly all of us have memories of picking blackberries as […]


Missed September deadline and Claire Ptak’s Cinnamon Buns

ARRRhhh! I missed the September deadline for my blog post! I had this post ready to go for the longest time and then things just got on top of me so I do apologise. We have had a very exciting month with lots going on, lots that I am absolutely bursting to tell everyone, but […]


Meadowsweet Summer Jelly

Rain Jackets, tennis rackets, horse shoes and wet suits , chicken pox and tonsillitis are some of the things that have featured heavily this summer in Connemara. But also blackcurrants, meadow sweet, dinners with friends, chilly barbecues, honey suckle and gooseberries, piglets and muck. Laughter and rain showers, visitors and Wellington boots. It has not […]