Recipe: Quick Chinese Beef Noodle Soup

Warming, hearty and with mountains of flavour, this basic recipe for a quick and easy noodle soup is a must if you’re in a rush. Strictly speaking, if I had a good amount of time on my hands I would definitely make the beef stock from scratch using beef bones but I’ve no problem using…

Recipe: Fragrant Buttered Chicken Masala

When I hear the word “spicy”, I instantly know that it’s something I’m going to avoid, but when it comes to using more fragrant and flavoursome spices, it’s a big thumbs up from me. This buttery chicken masala is one of those recipes where I get to throw in a dash of this and sprinkling…

Recipe: mashed avocado with nori on toast

A super easy breakfast that’s a tasty alternative to the traditional cereal, avocado on toast is a great treat. What’s great about this basic recipe is that you can always add your own variations to it. The most important ingredient is the avocado, and it must be ripe or it won’t mash and spread properly!…

Recipe: Curried Polenta with Parmesan

It’s only in the past few years that I’ve discovered the delicious wonder that is polenta. Polenta is a maize porridge whose name derives from the Latin for hulled or crushed grain. Yellow in colour, the end result often has a soft texture and is gloopy-like, but don’t let this description put you off. With…

Recipe: Cardamom Hot Chocolate

This afternoon and like most weekends, it got to that time of day where I was staring at my cupboard and wondering what I could come up with, with random ingredients. Eureka, there was cardamom! Since attending Ballymaloe Cookery School, I’ve had a mild obsession with this nifty spice, and so it only was natural…

Recipe: Basic Cookie Dough

In a bid to launch myself more into the baking realm (maybe there is a such a thing), I decided to tackle the sweeter side of life. This recipe for cookie dough is very simple and what’s great is that it can be the base for a variety of biscuits if you just take out…

Recipe: crusty and cheesy, broccoli, pasta and bacon bake

Whenever I’m on the hunt for a quick bite to eat, I look for a meal that can be easily prepared and served up onto the plate under an hour. Presenting: the broccoli pasta and bacon bake that’s a whizz to put together and tastes pretty good too! It’s definitely one of those dishes that…

Recipe: Gnocchi, bacon and tomato bake

Gnocchi is such a wonderful little alternative to the traditional spud and combining it with a bit of butter and garlic can be a simple treat. Over the past while I’ve been experimenting with gnocchi recipes and have come up with a bake that doesn’t take a a lot of time and uses ingredients you…

Recipe: Homemade Vietnamese spring rolls

There are many types of spring rolls in Vietnam, but the ones I’ve always adored are “Nem Ran”, which are the most popular rolls in the north. Though they can take some time to put together, the end result is a really crispy roll that’s jam-packed full of goodies. If you’re not sure where to…

Recipe: Simple but tasty fried chicken

I had an excess of buttermilk left over from when I was making cakes so had to come up with a way not the waste the rest! This recipe for fried chicken legs is basically a consolation of not having perfect barbecue weather all the time. It’s really easy to put together and the end…