Rathmines, Dublin: Wednesday April 16 (sold out)

Rathmines, Dublin: Wednesday April 16 (sold out)

I’ll be sharing my tips on how to become a virtuous tart at The Hopsack in Rathmines, Dublin 6. That’s tonight!   Wednesday April 16 8pm 20 places, €20 per ticket  SOLD OUT SORRY  The theme is chocolate, given the majesty of Easter week. Goodies I’ll be making include raw chocolate & raspberry leaf torte […]

Super-healthy Ice Pops

Super-healthy Ice Pops

    My little buddies love The Octonauts. These cartoon sea creatures eat lots of green sea-kelp. One day, Benjamin asked me for kelp ice cream, just like Captain Barnacles. I couldn’t resist. So here it is (minus the seaweed, but just as luminous). Get yourself some fetching ice pop moulds on Amazon, or your […]

Sweet Potato Falafel, with wild garlic & goji berries

Sweet Potato Falafel, with wild garlic & goji berries

This falafel recipe is based on Leon’s and the pumpkin falafel recipe in The Extra Virgin Kitchen. Deep-frying falafel may taste good, but isn’t recommended for our waistlines and arteries. Shame. More alarmingly, deep-frying food can make our mouth feel like a camel’s armpit. Luckily Leon designed theirs to be baked. Here’s a quick video […]

Cooking Quinoa – a 60-Second Video

Cooking Quinoa – a 60-Second Video

It’s much easier to cook quinoa than pronounce it. Once you give this super-grain a shot, you’ll be outraged couscous ever seduced you.     What’s so snazzy about quinoa? Here’s the jazz from a post last January with a recipe for black garlic quinoa, and another for smoked paprika and cumin quinoa. Below, I’m […]

Artichokes – can we eat to starve cancer?

Artichokes – can we eat to starve cancer?

Can we eat to starve cancer? Dr William Li thinks we can. His research team has discovered a range of foods that inhibit the blood supply to cancer, effectively slowing or stopping the cancer’s growth. Li’s work demonstrates that the bigger the supply of blood vessels to the tumour, the quicker the cancer will grow. […]

Dungarvan, Waterford: Saturday April 12

Dungarvan, Waterford: Saturday April 12

Heading down to Waterford’s Festival of Food soon. See you there?   Cookery demo and treats Dungarvan Town Hall, Waterford Saturday 12th April @2pm Tickets €10   To book online, follow the link here . I’ll show you how to turn your sugar cravings into a nutritional hit. And share my top tips on being […]

Spiced Chocolate Mousse

Spiced Chocolate Mousse

  Bashing the seeds from a juicy pomegranate can be messy. Half the craic is redecorating your kitchen walls. You could always slice the pomegranate into quarters like the sensible Yotam Ottolenghi, and peel the rind under water in your kitchen sink. The undesirable white pith floats to the top and the ruby red seeds […]

Pomegranate Fudge

Pomegranate Fudge

  For more healthy treats during lent, watch my eager mug (and nervous fingers) on TV3′s Ireland AM every Tuesday morning, 8:30. Here’s a sample … Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 0 minutes Ready in: 4 hours (needs to freeze)     3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil Up to 1/2 cup maple (raw […]

Chocolate Guinness Cake, St Patrick’s Day

Chocolate Guinness Cake, St Patrick’s Day

Coconut flour is quite the diva. It’s the Gordon Ramsay of flours. You can’t substitute it with any other flour. Just 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 […]

2nd Edition released this week

2nd Edition released this week

Hi folks! The 2nd print run of The Extra Virgin Kitchen has arrived, with a snazzy new “Best Selling” logo. I am immodestly giddy and gobsmacked that the first print run sold out in 4 weeks. Thank you for your crazy levels of support!   To celebrate, my publishers Gill & Macmillan are offering 20% […]