Irish and Fusion

Confit Duck Hash inspired by EatLikeAGirl

Confit Duck Hash inspired by EatLikeAGirl

Today, over breakfast, my daughter in law Shan told me a story. When she was a little girl, she visited her auntie – her Mum’s sister – in the countryside somewhere in China. Her auntie kept chickens. That year an illness had struck the chickens and all but one hen and one chick had died. Both were very weak. High outside Shan’s bedroom window there was a nest of bees, long bees that looked more like wasps. Shan used to...

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Happy reunions and three more ways with Pizza on the Big Green Egg

Happy reunions and three more ways with Pizza on the Big Green Egg

Moments don’t come much sweeter. Throughout the 18 hour journey from Dublin I quelled my nervous anticipation about meeting Dermot again. I practised my “happy face” to mask my disappointment when he reacted warily to me. I warned myself to hold back, not crowd him or drown him in slobbery kisses while he connected the face and the voice with a pixellating image he is vaguely aware of once a week on an iPad and perhaps some...

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When East Meets West on the Old Silk Road – Lamb and Aubergine Pizza

When East Meets West on the Old Silk Road – Lamb and Aubergine Pizza

I’m in Dubai Airport waiting to board a flight for Beijing. As I sit here between two worlds in the surreal environment that is the transit area of a major international airport, the temperature is a sauna-like 30 degrees at 2 in the morning and a half moon is sitting like a smiley in the sky, glowing red from the dessert sands. In this part of the world I can’t be too far from the old silk road along which travellers took many...

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Getting a Step Ahead of a Dinner Party

Getting a Step Ahead of a Dinner Party

This week I had to organise a small dinner-party, a bit of decadent mid-week eating for a good friend who was taking me hill-walking up the Devil’s Bit. The complicating factor was that I had to serve it in his house at the foot of the mountain straight after a three hour walk. I knew I was going to be out of the comfort zone of my own kitchen and I wanted to be able to chat away as I got the meal together rather than disappear from view...

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Eighteen days of Dermot – Relished

Eighteen days of Dermot – Relished

Goodbye to Shane, Shan and Dermot and safe journey back to the welcoming arms of MaMa. Goodbye to baby chairs and travel cots and car seats and rattles and noisy toys and all the paraphernalia needed to play host to a four month old baby. Goodbye to the constant stream of visitors – young friends like modern magi with their  gifts, chatter and wisdom. Goodbye to conversation and the strumming of guitars drifting from the garden on rare...

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On Winning Saba: The (best Asian) Cookbook (in the World!!)

On Winning Saba: The (best Asian) Cookbook (in the World!!)

Well now, when I launched my first ever competition on the blog just over a week ago, asking readers to name their favourite Asian recipe, little did I know that the prize, Saba: The Cookbook, would win the Gourmand Award for the Best Asian Cookbook in the world on the same night that my little competition closed. What a fantastic and well-deserved honour for a self-published cookbook, the proceeds of which go to two very good causes – The...

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