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 […]

Tarting up …

When the winner is announced at a televised black tie ball on November 25th, I am greatly looking forward to tucking the tablecloth into my skirt and storming out of the room. In the meantime, I’d be tickled if you could cast your vote for your favourite cookbook of 2015. YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Me (Highpriest […]

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 […]

Conversion, cups to grams

Conversion, cups to grams

1 CUP = ? g    I always get asked for conversions from cups to grams. So here you go! Ask, and you shall receive (4 years later admittedly, but I’ve been busy keeping mini humans alive). Please note that these are British / NZ / Ozzie cups. American cup size is a fraction smaller […]

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 […]