How to make Kefir at home

How to make Kefir at home

Kefir is yoghurt’s low-maintenance, tarty cousin. She’s got a gutsy attitude and is addictively refreshing among a sea of shiny, clean eating accessories. I have a feeling 2018 is going to be her year. When can you meet? Today! Find kefir grains in the refrigerated section at your local health store or trendy café. We […]

Malted Rye Chocolate Cake

Malted Rye Chocolate Cake

I care about my body and my mind. The thrill of them both feeling ace when I wake up, is really very special. I used to feel like I had woken up underneath a lawnmower. I hate feeling like shit. Being consistently under par is not good for me (or for, erm, society). Nah-aw. I […]

The Brew:   COUGH AND COLD REMEDY

The Brew: COUGH AND COLD REMEDY

Seaweed has become the superhero of Irish foods. Broccoli would genuflect in its presence. This recipe has been passed through neighbours, family and friends for 20 odd years. It’s swinging with crucial trace minerals and seems to be anti-viral plus anti-bacterial. (Then again, the placebo effect can still stimulate healing with up to a whopping […]

Gin & Tonics and a Buttery Walnut Whip

Gin & Tonics and a Buttery Walnut Whip

Christmas is about giving (out). I like to give my husband material for his new play, so I activate my ego and let it loose alongside the turkey giblets. A playwright’s worst dream is having a happy Yuletide. It gives them Writer’s Block. I would never do that to my husband. The run up to […]

A pot of Really Good Daal

A pot of Really Good Daal

During these biting wintry weekends, daal can be a life-enriching experience. It’s a form of spellbinding magic. My nostrils do an all-consuming samba as I inhale a whole load of happiness that only food chemists could explain. This is daal – noun, verb, adjective, it’s much more than a bowl of hot legumes. Food is […]