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 […]

Popsicles for Little Ones

Popsicles for Little Ones

With one flicker of the sun, my little thugs will feign heatstroke and demand clinical amounts of ice pops. You need to up your game hanging around toddlers. I’m guessing you already know I derive unusual amounts of satisfaction from sneaking vitamins into my gosling’s food. Soaked goji berries in Bolognese, pureed avocado with pasta, […]

Banana Toffee Ice Cream

Banana Toffee Ice Cream

Eating good food sends my hormones into party mode. It’s a sensory pleasure, just like listening to African drums or soaking up a swatch of unexpected sunshine. So here’s my favourite ice cream recipe to feed your cells as well as your soul.   When you’re looking for sweeteners, untreated honey gets my vote. Raw […]

Soft Goat’s Cheese Salad with Cherries & Toasted Tamari Seeds

Soft Goat’s Cheese Salad with Cherries & Toasted Tamari Seeds

Have you a low tolerance to dairy? You needn’t quarantine it from your diet entirely, or tell every waiter in Ireland about it. Give goat’s cheese a go. The fat globules in goat’s milk appear to be smaller than cow’s milk, making it easier to digest. There’s also less lactose in goat’s milk – not […]

Strawberry Gazpacho

Strawberry Gazpacho

We already know the devious effects of chilli on our body – stinging lips, raised temperature and a torrent of happy endorphins. Combine this with the sweet juiciness of strawberries, and we’ve got ourselves a situation. No need for a caffeine fix today. This gazpacho will blow open your senses. Lately I’ve been consumed by […]

Almond Milk Latte, for the bus stop

Almond Milk Latte, for the bus stop

This chilled bevy owns the summer of 2014, like Miley Cyrus owns twerking (but more tasteful I promise). Release your inner Gwynie by making your own almond milk from raw nuts like the shots below. Takes 90 seconds. Otherwise, look out for the award-winning range of Rude Health dairy-free milk.     We already know […]

Acai-Laced Truffles

Acai-Laced Truffles

Deep purple in colour, they may appear like a swollen egotistical blueberry at first glance, but in fairness acai berries weigh in twice as potent and five times as expensive. Ass-sigh-eee, dahlings, is the latest Brazilian bomb. This small Amazonian berry is so nutrient-dense that even Coca-Cola has started sniffing for its scent. Acai berries […]

how to cook polenta

how to cook polenta

Once in a while we flirt with polenta, like Colin Farrell with Elizabeth Taylor. It’s not serious, but it loiters on our hit list.     Polenta has the creaminess of mashed potato, with a pinch of unfamiliar excitement. That might be the yeast flakes talking, giving flavour-bombs to everything it touches. Potatoes will still […]

The Secret to Seriously Smooth Hummus

The Secret to Seriously Smooth Hummus

They’re not called Bloke Peas for a good reason. Chickpeas are puffed with feline-friendly compounds. There’s magnesium, a mineral many of us crave once a month when we become a crazed version of a slightly-less-bonkers self. Magnesium has the magnificent ability to relieve cramps by helping our blood vessels relax. Good news for headaches and […]

Saturday July 5th, The Hay Festival (sold out)

Saturday July 5th, The Hay Festival (sold out)

Can I share some of my recipes from The Extra Virgin Kitchen with you in Kells? I’m plotting to seduce Jeremy Paxman, so will probably opt for something seriously chocolatey. And spicy.   SOLD OUT SORRY! 12:30 The Hay Festival Kells, Co.Meath, Ireland  €6 You can purchase tickets online here, and check out who else […]