how to cook polenta

how to cook polenta

Once in a while we flirt with polenta, like Colin Farrell with Elizabeth Taylor. It’s not serious, but it loiters on our hit list.     Polenta has the creaminess of mashed potato, with a pinch of unfamiliar excitement. That might be the yeast flakes talking, giving flavour-bombs to everything it touches. Potatoes will still […]

The Secret to Seriously Smooth Hummus

The Secret to Seriously Smooth Hummus

They’re not called Bloke Peas for a good reason. Chickpeas are puffed with feline-friendly compounds. There’s magnesium, a mineral many of us crave once a month when we become a crazed version of a slightly-less-bonkers self. Magnesium has the magnificent ability to relieve cramps by helping our blood vessels relax. Good news for headaches and […]

Saturday July 5th, The Hay Festival (sold out)

Saturday July 5th, The Hay Festival (sold out)

Can I share some of my recipes from The Extra Virgin Kitchen with you in Kells? I’m plotting to seduce Jeremy Paxman, so will probably opt for something seriously chocolatey. And spicy.   SOLD OUT SORRY! 12:30 The Hay Festival Kells, Co.Meath, Ireland  €6 You can purchase tickets online here, and check out who else […]

BBQ-Flavoured Sweet Potato Fries

BBQ-Flavoured Sweet Potato Fries

Chilli peppers can sting lips to a sumptuous pout without the price tag of cosmetic surgery. Groovy, eh? I guess nettles could too but I’m not willing to find out. Given that chillis also help raise blood pressure, it’s the perfect ingredient to have up your sleeve on a date. (Careful not to take me […]

jaggery crumbed cacao squares

jaggery crumbed cacao squares

Fuel for the Junior and Leaving Certers The sun typically comes out when the junior and leaving cert starts in Ireland. Bummer. These crumbed cacao squares should help make it up to them. Stuffed with plant-based omega-3s, think of them as brain fertilisers. Have you noticed that walnuts resemble one of the most important organs […]