Buckwheat Noodles Wrapped in ‘shrooms & Badass Ginger

Buckwheat Noodles Wrapped in ‘shrooms & Badass Ginger

‘Shrooms Mushrooms have been revered throughout many cultures as far back as Ancient Egypt. These furred-up fungi were believed to bring immortality and bottomless libidos. That must have been before the empire disappeared. In Chinese medicine, mushrooms were celebrated for giving super-human strength. Take that, Popeye!  Today, mushrooms don’t enjoy nearly the same level of […]

Dublin: My Favourite Place to Eat

Dublin: My Favourite Place to Eat

Alchemy Juice Co. on Grafton Street, Dublin 2, is beyond good. It’s extraordinary. I am somewhat spectacularly biased having worked with Domini and Peaches Kemp on the menu. But their cabbage leaf rolls! Jayney Marys. Who could have thought a brassica could ever be that exciting?  Or their cold-pressed carrot and turmeric juice with black […]

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. […]