Cacao Nib & Birch Sugar Granola

Cacao Nib & Birch Sugar Granola

Xylitol sounds like a nuclear bunion buster. It is, in fact, a sweetener derived from the birch tree and often referred to as birch sugar. The world’s best restaurant, Noma, serves fresh birch sap every spring in place of table water. Yep. It’s quite trippy – cold, honeyed and unfamiliar. Noma has managed to make […]

Brain Fertilisers, to hotwire your neurotransmitters

Brain Fertilisers, to hotwire your neurotransmitters

“There is no health without mental health,” stresses psychiatrist Prof Jim Lucey, of St Patrick’s Dublin. So, what if you could eat to charge your brain? You can. What if there were foods to help fertilise your brain cells? There are! Recipes pumped with omega-3 fats and B-vitamins are your new BFs (Brain Fertilisers).   […]

My birthday book deal (sold out)

My birthday book deal (sold out)

Happy Birthday to me. As a gift, my publishers gave me a code. A very groovy code. Enter EXTRAVIRGIN when checking out here to receive 30% off The Extra Virgin Kitchen and free postage within the UK and Ireland, only until October 15th. Nifty, eh?! (Except that I already have loads of copies. Hope it’s […]

Sweet Butternut & Cardamom Curry

Sweet Butternut & Cardamom Curry

Butternut is a type of squash, as well as a euphemism for Michelin starred chefs. And Darina Allen. However, the butternut is not a nut at all. But by golly does it taste sweet and buttery.     This vegetable is carbalicious and full of stonking nutrients such as beta-carotene and potassium. One cup of […]

Chia Fishcakes & CoYo

Chia Fishcakes & CoYo

Spuds are back. Kale is too 2012. Turnip is yet to find a patron. And purple sprouting broccoli is in rehab. The potato is our national superfood, buzzing with goodness. All the girlie sounding spuds are delicious in salads – Desiree, Charlotte, Annabelle, Orla, Emma and Violetta. Think creamy interior, perfectly suited to steaming (what […]

Black Polenta Fingers, for the lunchbox

Black Polenta Fingers, for the lunchbox

Sanctified as the Father of Superfoods, spinach enjoys immense popularity among medical and scientific communities. The toddler community aren’t much convinced, but that’s about to change.       For a concentrated blast of goodness in your diet, this Green Leafy is hard to beat.  Replete with vitamins C and E, spinach offers protection against […]

An Index to Ocean Veg (erm, seaweed)

An Index to Ocean Veg (erm, seaweed)

Seaweed is the next Big Thing. Not sideburns, as Ron Burgundy predicted. Our dear Oprah is already a massive fan of these ocean vegetables. We Irish seem to think it’s only useful for deflecting annoying children on the beach. In fact, seaweed is full of anti-aging nutrients and disease-fighting lignans. Check this out! Sea veggie’s […]

Millet Mash

Millet Mash

Ever tried it? Millet is the sort of food the Smurfs might eat – full of bounce and sufficiently mythical. Think creamy couscous meets blank canvas. It loves a spice with muscle, and is garlic’s most faithful mistress.     This grain is best known for its nutritional chops, and not for its timid taste. […]

Oven-Roasted Chickpeas with Caramelised Banana and Cavolo Nero

Oven-Roasted Chickpeas with Caramelised Banana and Cavolo Nero

Cavolo Nero is the George Clooney of cabbages – tall, svelte and suave. Its short and pudgy cousin goes into hibernation from July to October when the cavolo reigns. Health divas have already dubbed this Dark Green Leafy as Tuscan kale, with its Italian sophistication and unlikely elegance. The cavolo may have already slammed curly […]

Fresh Burrata with Peaches, Basil and Black Pepper

Fresh Burrata with Peaches, Basil and Black Pepper

Burrata sounds like the bastard child of a Mexican tortilla and a Korean fungus, which couldn’t be further from the truth. This artisan cheese is, excusez-moi, a beefed-up cousin of buffalo mozzarella. Cheese is rarely on my radar, but this burrata lark is rather special. It was born out of good Catholic frugality in Puglia […]