Me and Rowely Leigh

  I had the pleasure again this year to attend the Ballymaloe Literary festival in May. Driving down to Shanagarry in Cork I was thinking that there was no way it could top last year, as the first of any great event usually is the best and repeating it can be a real challenge. Last […]


Hard to Beet a Healthy Salad

Jake, Iseult, Milo and I had a fantastic cheese tasting with Seamus at Sheridans cheesemongers in Galway for the Breaking Eggs Programme earlier this month. We were gently introducing kids to farmhouse cheeses and picking out a few mild cheeses for them to get started on The one we all loved was a hard goats […]


Let the Games Begin

  There is nothing like a really good game to get the family connected over the holidays. Something that gets everyone around the table going again after a big Christmas dinner when we are all in danger of falling asleep or getting a little cranky! A good game can be the making of  a really […]


Potted Smoked Mackerel

                                            The handiest little bowl of deliciousness in the fridge over Christmas.     The Connemara Smoke House does a particularly good smoked mackerel. Caught off our coast, smoked locally, no air miles involved, eco-friendly eating!   But that’s not the only reason I use it, I’m sharing this recipe with you is because […]


Warm Autumn Salad

There is something about that place… I recently had the enormous pleasure of going out to Inisbofin Island off the west coast for their first food festival “Bia Bofinne”. With great events such as shoreline foraging, fish filleting, butchery & chowder making, it was bound for success. Events held in people’s houses such as a […]


Blackberry Butter

  September is my favourite month, always has been. I love the sense of calm about September. After a hectic summer, September seems to bring a certain order to it. (Its also my birthday in September, maybe that has something to do with it!) Just as we bid good-bye to all the light summery vegetables, […]


Wild Strawberry Mess

  Nothing says summer like strawberries. 
I would like to share a recipe with you that’s basically Eaton Mess but with a wild tangy twist!
The wild strawberries are out in force this year and are bigger and juicer than ever before because of that beautiful yellow ball in the sky that has been our friend […]


Edible Education at Ballymaloe Literary Festival

        I had the very good fortune recently to attend the Ballymaloe LitFest. A literary festival with an incredible line up of the movers and shakers in food worldwide, from classic names such as Claudia Roden, Madhur Jaffrey, Stephanie Alexander to Claus Meyer co- founder of Noma in Copenhagen, Ben Read of […]


Crystallising Woodland Violets

At last!, the woods are full of beautiful violets (viola’s). This year the Spring came so late it took a long time for these lovely flowers to bloom. They are  such pretty, delicate little things that grow close to the forest floor and we are going to use them on a cake. Does anyone remember […]


Franco and the Sicilian Food Odyssey

  “It is very important to remember how to enjoy giving.” This is the simple philosophy of one of the finest cooks I have met. We are sitting on the terrace of his farmhouse in Alcamo, receiving instruction from his daughter’s cousin on the art of eating barbequed artichokes. Behind us are his pens with […]