Gluten-free Chickpea Crepes

Gluten-free Chickpea Crepes

If Ebola doesn’t get us, gluten will. Nah, just kidding. GSOH folks! Gluten is not a poison – let’s get that straight.  Gluten is not unhealthy either. For most people, gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley) is more than tolerable. It’s bleedin’ great. Gluten is what makes baguettes fluffy and donuts spongy. […]

Chilli Chocolate Mousse & other aphrodisiacs

Chilli Chocolate Mousse & other aphrodisiacs

Something to help you out this evening. Mother Nature’s best aphrodisiacs …     You can find my recipe for a rather, erm, stimulating Chilli Chocolate Mousse in TheJournal today, and on page 239 of The Extra Virgin Kitchen.  It’s mousse like no other. Happy Valentine’s Day!   (photography Jo Murphy)         […]

Barbie Fudge

Barbie Fudge

My giddy four year old came up with this recipe, when he accidentally dropped a small jar of beetroot powder into the pot while I was making a halva-style fudge.  MacGyver has competition. Dynamite stuff. Sesame are mighty little seeds. They are practically belching with B vitamins, the ones responsible for energy ignition and brain […]

Big Bowl of Mexico

Big Bowl of Mexico

This is the only vegetable that sounds like an exciting substance. Maybe that’s why everyone loves a pepper.  Most other veggies are used in a pejorative sense. Turnip reminds us of our Taoiseach. Pumpkin is one of the clumsy twits from a children’s novel. Aubergine belongs to a thousand bridesmaid dresses. And tomato is the […]

Cooking with Donal, and raw chocolate

Cooking with Donal, and raw chocolate

Apparently, women think about chocolate more than men. Some scientists think this is because eating cacao helps release a cavalry of dopamine in the female brain, the same substance released during orgasm. It’s even been suggested that when women eat raw chocolate, it affects activity in the cerebral hemisphere responsible for regulating sexual desire. Just […]