Aubergine Parmigiana

This is one of the first recipes that I was determined to try from Catherine Fulvio’s wonderful book Catherine’s Italian Kitchen.  I loved the idea of aubergines and melting mozzarella with tomato sauce and this dish was every bit as tasty as it sounded.  It is so simple and the ingredients are very easy to get hold of so it is a definite winner for me.

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Chorizo and Red Pepper Penne


A very simple and quick pasta sauce but so very tasty. This is a brilliant recipe for a quick midweek meal and by varying the ingredients, say by adding chilli, using pancetta instead of chorizo and using linguine instead of penne, you will have a versatile base for many different pasta dishes. [Read more…]

Probably the best cookery competition in the world….


I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I first read about the fantastic competition launched by Cully & Sully, the people behind the lovingly prepared ready meals.  Chef Factor is offering one very lucky person the opportunity of a lifetime by awarding the winner a place on the 12 Week Certificate Course at the world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School.  This prize is worth a staggering €12,000 and will not only provide the winner with an invaluable education in food preparation and cooking skills but could potentially enable a move  in to a career in the food industry.  And the course isn’t all that’s on offer – believe it or not there is more – in addition to the 12 Week Certificate Course (starting in January 2011 or 2012, whichever you prefer) the winner of the competition will also receive accommodation whilst participating in the Course plus a set of professional knives, a uniform and a further two weeks with Cully & Sully gaining  experience in the business of food production – an invaluable opportunity. [Read more…]

Twiced-Baked Cheddar & Chive Souffle, Beetroot & Spinach Salad with Walnut Oil Dressing

When a vegetarian theme was selected for the Irish Foodies September Cookalong I instantly decided I would try to use some of our own produce and also cook something I hadn’t tried before.  We have some fabulous beetroot in the garden and a lot of eggs thanks to our lovely hens so I opted for a twice baked Cheddar and Chive Souffle with a roasted beetroot and spinach salad with walnut dressing.  The one thing that this cookalong did teach me was that I don’t really prepare a lot of meat-free meals – something I will definitely rectify. [Read more…]

Leek and Potato Soup

Now that the days are drawing in and an autumnal chill is in the air soups will feature a lot more on the menu in our house.  There is something so very comforting about sitting down to lunch with a lovely warm bowl of soup, good for both body and soul.  This is the simplest of soups and perfect for days when time is short. [Read more…]

Spices of India

I have to share this fabulous online Asian food retailer with my friends.  I have ordered twice now from Spices of India ( and on both occasions have been seriously impressed with their array of products, efficiency and fabulously quick delivery service. [Read more…]