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 […]

Pruning …

Pruning …

Sun-drenched plums, anyone? Okay, not so sexy. But you know what’s really unsexy? Constipation. My mate Colonel Prune is packed with soluble and insoluble fibre, giving them the nifty ability to samba along our canals. These wrinkled fruits are what Californian jedi flag as a BF (best friend). Prunes works by spring-cleaning the gut with […]

Healthy Breakfast Bars

Healthy Breakfast Bars

These flapjacks are the best yet. Loads of B vitamins … B for brain, B for battery, B for badass. My nippers dig them too. Expect these breakfast bars to last for 10 days in the fridge, ready to grab belting out the door in the morning. (Eh, they’ll also make the tail-back traffic much […]