Victoria Sponge with Chia Jam and Coconut Cream

Victoria Sponge with Chia Jam and Coconut Cream

I made a disastrous version of this gorgeous cake on the telly here.Queen Vic would have turned in her grave. I was having too much craic in the kitchen with Lucy Kennedy.   Chiamania When you need to recharge your superhuman powers, or your Bridge skills, try chia. These weensy seeds are members of the […]

4-Grain Porridge

4-Grain Porridge

People want three things in life. To be happy. To be healthy. To be rich. I can’t make you rich, but two out of three ain’t bad! This blog is all about food to make your taste buds break dance, without making you fat or ill. It’s about paying the grocer, not the doctor. It’s […]

2016 Chocolate Seed Soldiers

2016 Chocolate Seed Soldiers

Coconut flour is quite the diva. It’s the Gordon Ramsay of flours. You can’t substitute it with any other flour. Try to, and your baked goodies will throw a hissy in the oven. This is because coconut flour demands alarming quantities of liquid in comparison to plain white flour. I’m prepared to put up with […]

Milf Muffins – with chocolate chips

Milf Muffins – with chocolate chips

I wasn’t going to call them vuffins (vegan muffins) or millet n’ teff muffins. Maybe Milf muffins have been invented before, but I ain’t brave enough to Google the phrase. Check out this recipe’s armament: chickpeas, teff, raspberries, millet, psyllium, olive oil and almond milk. A balistically good way to foxtrot some goodness into your […]

Vegan Banana Bread

Vegan Banana Bread

Coconut blossom sugar is a great sub for anyone looking to keep blood sugars a little more subdued. We’re not looking at a health food here – just a less evil variety of sweetener than that bad white bitch. This new exotic sugar is tastier than white sugar, and sufficiently pretentious to earn bragging rights […]

Xmas-Laced Energy Balls

Xmas-Laced Energy Balls

No need to straddle a packet of biscuits to nurse that stinking hangover. When these energy balls are programmed into your festive calendar, you’ll jumpstart your battery faster than immediately. I made them on TV3’s Seven O’Clock Show tonight, so you can watch the demo here with the inimitable Lucy Kennedy (love her wicked humour). […]

Christmas Morning – saffron apricots with pistachio yoghurt and mandarin sauce

Christmas Morning – saffron apricots with pistachio yoghurt and mandarin sauce

Dried apricots are basically a bundle of nutrients squeezed into juicy, amber baubles. Good for all things dermal and duodenal *winks*. They fit in trouser pockets, desk drawers and little fists. And help to serenade your liver, especially during the festive frolics. What’s not to like? These soft saffron apricots with sticky mandarin sauce is […]

Coconut & Cardamom Custard

Coconut & Cardamom Custard

I found a great recipe for coconut jam in The Guardian. It could have been fabliss except for the nostril-flaring amounts of white sugar. My mouth felt like a badger’s arse afterwards with all that clawing sweetness, fuzz-bombing my tongue. Spices can add great complexity to a dish, and can happily negate the need to […]

To you, a massive thanks

To you, a massive thanks

The Virtuous Tart has just been named as the best cookbook in Ireland at the Irish Book Awards. This undercooked tart was up against many of Ireland’s food gurus, such as Diana Henry, Trish Deseine, Neven Maguire, Rachel Allen and Donal Skehan. Shocker! I lost my voice, and a heel. (Surely the hallmark of a […]

Thanksgiving: Star Anise Poached Pears

Thanksgiving: Star Anise Poached Pears

  Happy Thanksgiving my little health fiends! Poached pears look so impossibly gorgeous perked up on their plate, dribbling with boozy sweetness (like your favourite batty aunt by 4pm every Thanksgiving). These ones have star anise which helps with digestion and feel achingly good after a big meal. Do them 1-3 days in advance so […]

Tarting up …

When the winner is announced at a televised black tie ball on November 25th, I am greatly looking forward to tucking the tablecloth into my skirt and storming out of the room. In the meantime, I’d be tickled if you could cast your vote for your favourite cookbook of 2015. YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Me (Highpriest […]