Stealthy Marzipan

Stealthy Marzipan

Fat is incredibly fashionable. Pope Francis, I concede. There really must be a god. It turns out that all saturated fats are not equal. Each saturated fat has its own structure, and their individual differences influence the way they work in your body. (Scientists, look away while I mutilate your language). Several saturated fats, called […]

A Vegan Christmas, Dec 21st

A Vegan Christmas, Dec 21st

This Sunday 21st December, in the Sunday Independent, I have a big spread on catering for vegetarians and vegans in the family. That’s right – no turkey or ham #WTAF There’s pumpkin pie with cinnamon-roasted pecan crumb, parsnips chips with beetroot ketchup, plum & liquorice crumble with quinoa flakes, and red wine poached pears with […]

Book Signings & Special Messages

Book Signings & Special Messages

If you fancy an inappropriate message or something cheeky on the sleeve of your Extra Virgin Kitchen cookbook, then see you sometime somewhere this week!   Thursday, December 11: Dubray Bookstores, Grafton Street, Dublin 2 (5pm) Saturday, December 13: The Hopsack, Rathmines Swan Centre, Dublin 6 (11am) Sunday, December 14: Savage Sunday, Today FM (100-101.8 […]

Home-made Hazelnut Milk

Home-made Hazelnut Milk

I call these grandpa nuts because they’re wonderfully nourishing for our seniors and senioras. Here’s why. Hazelnuts contain beta-sitosterol, a groovy compound shown to help benign prostatic hyperplasia. This is doctorspeak for the numerous trips men over sixty take to the loo during the night. While benign prostatic hyperplasia is not harmful, it can be […]

What Women Want

What Women Want

I had a small role in the second half of this interesting episode on food, RTE 2. What Women Want is a thoughtfully constructed series about the latest feline obsessions. I love how it offers no answers, but instead journeys into different perspectives on weekly themes like fame, sex, food, cosmetic surgery and attraction. This […]

The Dublin Kombucha Sleigh

The Dublin Kombucha Sleigh

When I hear my Kombucha delivery arrive outside, I squeal louder than a One Direction fan in Harry Styles’s hotel bedroom.   Dublin Kombucha, also known as SynerChi, is hand crafted by a total genius called Laura Murphy.  Kombucha is essentially cultured green, black or white tea. The ingredients Laura uses are 100% organic and […]

Gheelicious Stuff

Gheelicious Stuff

Seriously. I want to smell like hot ghee for the rest of my life. It’s a marriage of straight-out-of-the-oven shortbread and Parmesan. But first, I need to tell you something before I burst. The Extra Virgin Kitchen has been shortlisted for The Irish Book Awards 2014, which will be recorded live on telly next week. […]

Dublin, Nov 13 & 19 (SOLD OUT)

Dublin, Nov 13 & 19 (SOLD OUT)

  Where? Alchemy Juice Co, BT2 Grafton Street, Dublin 2   When? Thursday 13th November 7.30pm-9pm Wednesday 19th November 7.30pm-9pm   Why? To feel more virtuous than a canonised nun   I will be joined by Alchemy founder and Irish Times food writer Domini Kemp, to showcase some seriously healthy dishes, and help you make […]

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 […]

Eating out in Dublin: Alchemy

Eating out in Dublin: Alchemy

The food and drink at 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 […]