Green Tea Macaroons

Green Tea Macaroons

I was never a fan of green tea despite its heroic health benefits. Black tea, its older cousin, often seduced me. White tea? Hell yeah. But never green. It whiffs of wet grass – not so attractive if you have Irish DNA. Matcha is different. This strange green powder is home to a series of […]

Aubergine Bacon

Aubergine Bacon

My attempt to stay well-informed with world politics is at odds with my attempt to stay sane these days. It’s increasingly necessary to distract my head from translating Trump’s alternative facts and brain farts. I console myself with spectacularly weird recipes like this plant-powered bacon. Know what I mean? The more arcane the recipe, the […]

Oi, Gluten! What’s the story?

Oi, Gluten! What’s the story?

People are so scared of gluten in the US. You could probably rob a bank by waving a baguette in the air. Even in Ireland, it has earned such a bad rep that somebody I’m married to (no names) thinks gluten must be something delinquent teenagers sniff. GSOH folks! Gluten is not a poison – […]

Leave our kids alone!

Leave our kids alone!

Picture the scene. You’re sitting at home, having your breakfast. There’s a knock on the front door. It’s a salesman, and he wants to talk to your kids. “No thanks,” you say, closing the door firmly. But he won’t go away. In fact, he spends the rest of the day standing outside your house, shouting […]

St Patrick’s Day ice-cream pops

St Patrick’s Day ice-cream pops

What do you get when you blend up a popular nut, a green vegetable and Lisa Hannigan’s new album? A Nobel prize in chemistry. Please don’t’ ask me to explain what happens at an atomic level – I haven’t got the foggiest. The end result feels inexplicably gifted, like Allan Rickman and Sharleen Spiteri dirty […]

Mushroom & Merlot Stew

Mushroom & Merlot Stew

  I am lovebombing mushrooms before they are swallowed up by Spring. Mushrooms have to be one of the most sophisticated and understated veggies we’re not eating. They are the Woody Allen of the grocers  – hardly overburdened by good looks, but scrumptious and uniquely nourishing all the same. Mushrooms bring great depth to dishes […]