My Favourite Thing about Ireland

My Favourite Thing about Ireland

Ah, summer in Ireland. It’s my favourite day of the year. But my second favourite thing about this beautiful country is roving through her towns and villages … and celebrating the place-names. It’s something I do with a mixture of pride and bewilderment, like watching your infant son picking up his first forkful of food […]

That Beetroot Salad

That Beetroot Salad

Beetroot has long filled the cells of mankind with mega antioxidants, and enough iron to make Popeye quake. Beetroot puts the super into superfood (and sometimes the hell into healthy, if not cooked adequately). Sometimes I wish Vanilla Ice had included them in his big hit. This earthy vegetable is a real friend to the […]

Kickass Cookies & 2016 Saveur Award Nomination

Kickass Cookies & 2016 Saveur Award Nomination

I am in the market for some telepathic highfives today. Would you like one? (See? Feel it? That was meee!) I’m asking you, my dear readers, for nominations. There’s a very cool blog award called Saveur in the US. It is The Snazz. The honky tonk of all international food blog awards. I would love […]

Skin Food

Skin Food

Given that our body absorbs 60% of what we put on our skin, I think my skincare has inadvertently become part of my diet. And yours has too. *silent gaping* Take a look into your bathroom cupboard. Grab your favourite product, and Google the ingredient list. Go on! Freaked out? Let’s change that. I’m here […]

Peaches & Rhubarb with buckwheat cream

Peaches & Rhubarb with buckwheat cream

This is good enough to straddle. Sweet, succulent spoonfuls of rhubarb happily collapsing from the heat of the oven, and cavorting with a sticky orange and star anise nectar. We serve it with buckwheat cream which probably sounds like a wank too far, so just swap it out for cold clouds of Greek yoghurt. Criminally […]

11:30 free cookery demo, Saturday @ Avoca

11:30 free cookery demo, Saturday @ Avoca

Let me feed you. I’ll be doing a free cookery demonstration and tasting in the gorgeous Kilmacanogue Avoca Store (just outside Bray, between Dublin and Wicklow. Click here for directions). You can do your entire week’s food shopping in their glorious food hall, grab some brunch or coffee, then head over to me for superfood […]

Paleo Flapjacks

Paleo Flapjacks

Nuts are superheroes, with an arsenal of fancy ninja moves. Some of the largest health studies in history – the Adventist Study, the Iowa Women’s Health Study, the Nurses’ Health Study, and the Physicians’ Health Study – have consistently shown that snacking on raw nuts can lead to a 50% reduction in heart disease. Research […]

Healthy Marmalade

Healthy Marmalade

If you’re not eliminating waste from your bowels, you’ll end up wearing it on your face. Listen up. The skin is our body’s largest excretory organ. Crazy but true. You want luminous skin? Make sure your pipes are on speaking terms with you. Cranking up the fibre in your diet will have you shaking your […]

Celeriac and white bean puree

Celeriac and white bean puree

Not so pretty, these celeriac things. They look like a cross between the butt of a matted yak, and a swede with dermatitis. But damn, are they delicious. Like Stephen Fry, you’ll find treasure beneath that exterior. There is a smooth understated elegance to a celeriac. And a faint nutty aroma. Indeed the celeriac is […]

Easy Raw Chocolates

Easy Raw Chocolates

The mere whiff of cacao butter sends a cavalry of hormones pelting through my veins like a pinball machine. My chest swells and my nostrils levitate. It would be a tragedy to miss out on a cacao-butter-head-rush. You think I’m joking. I get regular online deliveries, and squeal louder than a One Direction front-row fan […]

Mini Banoffee Pies

Mini Banoffee Pies

I’ve been making these banoffee pies on the Seven O’Clock Show. You can click here to me cooking them, with Big Brother star and the deadly Lucy Kennedy. The recipe is from my cookbook The Virtuous Tart and has proved the biggest hit in the entire book so far. Here’s why we love ’em … […]