Seafood and fish

Shan’s Yunnan Barbecued Lemongrass Fish – 云南香茅烤鱼

Shan’s Yunnan Barbecued Lemongrass Fish – 云南香茅烤鱼

My daughter Claire sent me a random morning thought from Sydney earlier this week. It read “Most people’s first word of the year is ‘happy'” – a cheerful notion evoking images of clinking glasses and reminding me of our celebration of the arrival of 2015 in Australia and, more recently, of Shane, Shan and Dermot’s first Chinese New Year in Ireland. On those rare occasions when I’m in Australia at the...

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A 41 Year Flash Back and Smoked Prawn Salad from the Big Green Egg

A 41 Year Flash Back and Smoked Prawn Salad from the Big Green Egg

Forty one years. It’s not a very auspicious anniversary. If it was a marriage you would find it hard to identify the appropriate gift – land I believe. In China the number would probably be regarded as unlucky because it includes a four. But the thought struck me when I woke up this morning. Forty one years ago to this day I crossed the threshold of the Civil Service Commission and joined the Irish civil service. I had just turned 17...

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Planked Salmon with Soy Honey Glaze and Stir-fried Broccoli

Planked Salmon with Soy Honey Glaze and Stir-fried Broccoli

Autumn has arrived in Duncannon. It announced itself with a drop in temperature of 10 degrees, a cutting breeze that slices in from the sea and a cold drizzle forming puddles on the deck of our little yellow house. The beach is quiet, just the occasional walker and his dog. Families have left their mobile homes and holiday houses and returned to their towns and cities. The Sandy Dock has served its last lemon meringue pie of the season, ending...

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