Last autumn Gill & Macmillan, in association with Le Cool, launched The Finishing School - a series of events pairing their food writers and other non-fiction authors. Aimed at people who are hungry to learn, the events proved a popular new addition to Dublin’s cultural scene. The Finishing School events draw from Gill & Macmillan’s eclectic group of authors who are ready to share their knowledge, life lessons, passion and ideas on a wide range of subjects from history to psychology, research to art, baking to craft. Lots of fun to be had! I am so excited to announce that on Tuesday 22 April at the Royal Society of Antiquaries on Merrion Square, I will be introducing the legendary food writer Theodora Fitzgibbon to the next generation of foodies. If you have been following me on twitter, facebook and instagram, you will already know that I recently selected and photographed Theodora’s best recipes for a new book, The Pleasures of the Table: Rediscovering Theodora Fitzgibbon, published by Gill & Macmillian. It's hitting the shelves next week and I can't wait for you all to see it! If you are interested, you can come along on the night and sample some of Theodora’s recipes that I have selected, followed up with an interview with myself and Nicki Howard, the publisher at Gill & Macmillan. We will be looking back over Theodora’s exciting, bohemian life and at the changing cookbook and photography styles since Theodora first published cookbooks in the 1970s.Continue reading >>
Each week I have been sharing a new video from my Homecooked Bakery series on my youtube channel and I've loved reading the comments about how you have all got on with each recipe. This week is a recipe for all those chocolate lovers out there! My Salted Peanut Caramel Mud Pie which you can check out below.
I've been getting lots of inspiration from the amazingly talented cooks and bakers that upload great videos and recipes every week to youtube and I thought I would share some of my favourite Youtube food stars with you! I would love to hear what Youtube foodies you follow too, leave me a comment below. Each youtuber brings something different and unique to the youtube world and I love checking in to see what they have uploaded each week.
On Saturday, I was back doing my weekly appearance on Mitt Kök! Mitt Kök is part of Sweden's most popular breakfast show Nyhetsmorgon on TV4 so I am always a little nervous before it goes live! To add to the pressure I have to cook in Swedish which seems to be very amusing to the crew and viewers of the show! On Saturday I cooked up the classic comfort food Bangers and Mash but I did it with my twist by adding delcious, sweet roasted garlic to the mash. You can see how to do this along with the rest of the recipe in the video below:
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You might remember my collaboration with the inspirational Kate Packwood and her Wild Flour Bakery from a blog post I wrote this time last year. She shared her truly delicious recipes for Raspberry, Pistachio & Rose Cake, Pear, Vanilla & Smoke Cake, and Earl Grey Profiteroles and we photographed them in my kitchen. Since then Kate has been taking the Irish food scene by storm with her cakes and bakes being featured in magazines and newspapers, aswell as a popup alongside Makers&Brothers over Christmas. Her creations continue to be one of the most popular attractions at Dublin's Honest2Goodness Food Market in Glasnevin and she has high plans to expand her business in the near future. Last summer FEAST: A Dinner Journal teamed up with Kate for our Summer/Autumn issue and she shared a recipe for her beautiful griddled stone fruit cake. You can read the full feature and recipe below.
From the magic of The Wild Flour Bakery comes such delights as the griddled stone fruit cake created by Kate Packwood. She moved to Ireland from England in 1999 and we are so glad she did. Kate had initially planned to turn her literary studies into a career in academia but she was bitten by the cookery bug and she set up a micro-bakery in Dublin in April of 2012. As she says herself: “I believe in food that is not only nourishing but delightful and ethical too.”
If you are anything like me, I am sure you are addicted to cookbooks. Here in Ireland the standard of Irish cookbooks has really risen in the last few years and there are plenty of food writers to be excited about. Last week I was filming at the ever lovely Catherine Fulvio's Ballyknocken house for Bord Bia and while I was there I couldn't help but drool over her latest cookbook The Weekend Chef.
The pages are filled with fantastic recipes for Baking Days, Sunday Brunches, and sweet ideas for Movie Nights and more. Catherine has kindly shared some of her favourite brunch recipes from the book which you can see below. The good news is we have teamed up with the lovely folks at Gill & MacMillan and have 3 copies of 'The Weekend Chef' to give away to 3 lucky readers. All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me what your favourite weekend brunch recipe is. The winner will be picked at random next week. One entry per person please. Best of luck!Continue reading >>
A few weeks ago I dragged my mom around to my house to get her photo taken with me for a piece in the Irish Independent all about Mother's Day. Sofie managed to take the photo in amongst a lot of messing which included my mom insisting she would stand on a stool beside me. The picture ended up on the cover of this weekend's Irish Independent Weekend Magazine which took us both by surprise! The recipe I shared in the piece is one of my favourites my mom used to cook when I was growing up. It's her take on the French classic Coq Au Vin but instead of red wine it's made with white and you get left with a wonderfully rich and creamy sauce and chicken which is almost falling off the bone. It makes a great makeahead dinner if you're planning one this Mother's Day! A big happy Mother's Day to all the mammies out there!Continue reading >>