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 […]

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake

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% […]

Cumin & Coconut Roasted Fennel

Cumin & Coconut Roasted Fennel

Fennel is rich in phytochemicals like anethole and other terpenoids. These snazzy compounds apparently help reduce cramps, gas, bloating and all manner of trouser trumpets. But wait! Fennel is also good for women! If you’re expecting or nursing a tiny tot, fennel provides protective folate and vitamin C. As a brew, it is said to […]

Carpaccio of raw fennel

Carpaccio of raw fennel

I didn’t touch fennel for years. My nostrils would freak out at the mere sight of one. This liquorice-scented veggie reminded me of a rather inglorious experience with Sambuca many years earlier. But I’m over that now, having realised that fennel is not nearly as pungent as its distant alcohol-laced cousin. So this is my […]