Saffron apricots with pistachio yoghurt and mandarin sauce

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 *inappropriate wink*. These soft saffron apricots with sticky mandarin sauce is what I am waking up to every morning this week.     I noticed there’s a preposterous difference between bright orange apricots and dark […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cookery Demo on RTE1 – the video

Cookery Demo on RTE1 – the video

    You can watch me make this badass cake on RTE playback’s archive here … just click on November 1 2015. The demo is at the beginning of the episode (at 1:20 minutes) and the assembly of the cake’s layers is much later in the programme after Mary McAleese (at 39:50). It looks like […]

Green Tea Macaroons

Green Tea Macaroons

I was never a fan of green tea despite its heroic health benefits. Black tea, its older cousin, often seduced me. White tea? Hell yeah. But never green. It whiffs of wet grass – not so attractive if you have Irish DNA. Matcha is different. This strange green powder is home to a series of […]