Xmas-Laced Energy Balls

Xmas-Laced Energy Balls

No need to straddle a packet of biscuits to nurse that stinking hangover. When these energy balls are programmed into your festive calendar, you’ll jumpstart your battery faster than immediately. I made them on TV3’s Seven O’Clock Show tonight, so you can watch the demo here with the inimitable Lucy Kennedy (love her wicked humour). […]

Christmas Morning – saffron apricots with pistachio yoghurt and mandarin sauce

Christmas Morning – 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 *winks*. They fit in trouser pockets, desk drawers and little fists. And help to serenade your liver, especially during the festive frolics. What’s not to like? These soft saffron apricots with sticky mandarin sauce is […]

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 […]

To you, a massive thanks

To you, a massive thanks

The Virtuous Tart has just been named as the best cookbook in Ireland at the Irish Book Awards. This undercooked tart was up against many of Ireland’s food gurus, such as Diana Henry, Trish Deseine, Neven Maguire, Rachel Allen and Donal Skehan. Shocker! I lost my voice, and a heel. (Surely the hallmark of a […]

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 […]