Recipes

Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Wed, 28th October
Autumn is well and truly here. The apples on my trees are smaller this year, probably from the lack of sunshine this summer, but the harvest is still abundant. These apples are called discovery and are renowned for their rosy pink tinged flesh. Great for eating, their flavour is sweet with a slight acidity. The only problem is they don't keep well, which is why they are not commercial apples. Read More

Biscotti

Tues, 27th October
Biscotti are the perfect bite for an afternoon or else serve them with a morning coffee on the weekend. Personally, I like to make these to munch on while I prepare a large and more substantial brunch! You need to whip the sugar and eggs to incorporate a lot of air as you want the consistency to be thick and mousse-like. This is what gives the biscotti their unique, light texture and a hard snap when you bite into them. Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days but they are definitely best eaten on the day they’re made. Read More

Lentil Salad

Fri, 23rd October
This is a really delicious dish, perfect for lunch or alongside a roast lamb or chicken. The earthy flavour of the lentils perfectly offsets the bitterness of the celery leaves and the creamy goats cheese, while the toasted pumpkin seeds enhance the texture and give a nice crunch. The celery adds an unusual note to the dish, though it can be replaced with parsley if you’d prefer. Make sure you use puy lentils as they are small and will retain their shape after cooking. Read More

Irish Quality Cafe Food And Drink Award Winners!

Fri, 2nd October
I'm delighted that three of my products have won awards at this year's Irish Cafe Quality Food Awards. I am so proud to say that all my food is made in Ireland by amazing artisan producers. It has been so important to me that I work with small family run businesses all over the country to bring you what I think is some of the best quality Irish produce. It was such an honour to be recognised by such prestigious awards. Read More

Flapjacks

Wed, 23rd September
Flapjacks remind me of teenage visits to friends where we would sit around a large kitchen table discussing the trials and tribulations of our world. As my friend stirred melting butter and sugar on the Aga, flattening the oaty mix into a tin, we would enjoy the flapjacks with our second or third pot of tea, sometimes eating them from the tin while they were still warm. Full of oats, nuts and seeds, these bars are perfect as an after school snack. If you want to, you can leave out the nuts and seeds and add raisins or even chocolate chunks as a treat. Read More

Homemade Yoghurt

Mon, 14th Sep 2015
Making your own yoghurt is incredibly easy and nothing compares to the homemade version. When I was growing up my parents always made our own yoghurt, saving the last batch to feed the next. Make sure the yoghurt you start with is the one you like because that’s what you are reproducing. It is a very simple process and really gives delicious results. There has been so much hype recently about a healthy gut and eating yoghurt is one of the simplest ways to achieve this. Read More

Pan Fried Camembert Sandwich With Tomato Chutney

Tues, 8th Sep 2015
What is better than a toasted cheese sandwich? Well possibly this toasted cheese sandwich- melted Camembert mixed with my spicy tomato chutney, melted butter and a pinch of rosemary. This is a wonderful indulgence and one of my favourite comfort foods. Read More

Lemon and spinach linguine

Mon, 24th Aug 2015
This is a great summer pasta dish. It’s really quick to make and full of the scent of Sicilian lemon groves. It tastes of summer even if there isn’t much sunshine; it’s also hearty enough to fill you up after a day at the beach and really easy to prepare. Read More

Ginger chocolate clementines

Mon, 17th Aug 2015
We are all so busy rushing from one spot to the next that we sometimes forget to stop and appreciate the things that really matter. For me, there is nothing better to do than share food with friends, but often I put off having people over because I think I just don’t have the time, when really there is nothing stopping me. After all, whether it’s a table of antipasti or a whole chicken thrown in the oven with a little salt and olive oil, it’s all just a matter of doing it. Read More

Cheddar & dill scones

Mon, 10th Aug 2015
Unfortunately we are not getting much of a summer here in Ireland. So, while I wish we were cracking out the BBQ and I was giving you recipes for some summer salads, the truth is I am sitting down to a bowl of hearty soup with one of these tasty cheese and dill scones. Read More

Pecan treacle bites

Wed, 5th Aug 2015
Sometimes you just want a little something with your mid-afternoon cup of tea or after a healthy breakfast, maybe a sweet treat. Read More

Summer Sharing Table

Fri, 24 July 2015
One of my favourite meals is to layer the centre of the table with lots of different dishes and have everyone help themselves. This is a tradition in many cultures: Italians have antipasti, the Moroccans have mezze and the Swedes have the smorgasbord. Read More

Chocolate shards

Mon, 20 July 2015
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Made in small batches in Skelligs, Co. Kerry, my two new flavours are available in stores and are my favourite in the range so far. The dark ginger is the perfect after dinner treat while the milk chocolate bergamot is melt-in-your-mouth heaven. Read More

Olive oil and ginger chocolate cake

Mon, 13 July 2015
This cake is so moist and full of flavour. When baking with olive oil you’ll want oil that’s light, otherwise the flavour can be overpowering. The kick of the lemon and the floral note of the olive oil, both combined with my new dark ginger chocolate, is a triumph. Read More

Drury street tea shortbread

Tues, 06 July 2015
I am so delighted to be launching my new range of teas. By working with a master blender I have combined the finest whole leaf teas to bring you optimum antioxidants and a full fresh flavour. Read More

Raspberry rose pound cake with lime cream cheese frosting

Tues, 30 June 2015
As a child my mother’s best friend had a huge raspberry patch. We would play hide and seek in it and I can remember long summer evenings lying on the ground eating raspberries and waiting with excited anticipation to be caught! She also had the most amazing rose garden and really this was the inspiration for my raspberry and rose jam. Read More

Fig & ricotta bruschetta

Mon, 22 June 2015
My fig and ricotta bruschetta is the perfect snack to offer guests when they arrive for dinner. Figs are in season at the moment and their unique flavour and texture reminds me of long sunny evenings spent in the south of Spain. I love the flavour of figs so much that I developed my own special, exclusive fig vinegar. This vinegar is ideal to add depth to a grain or green salad, or use to deglaze a pan to make a sauce for chicken. Here I lightly pickle the figs in the vinegar to really bring out the flavour. Read More

Flavoured lemonade

Mon, 15 June 2015
Now that we are finally having some nice weather I recommend trying my new refreshing lemonade. Made in small batches in Co. Tipperary using pure lemon juice, it is really tangy and fresh with no additives or preservatives. I like to customise mine by adding fresh mint and my Considered ginger or rose syrup. Read More

Drury St. Rose and pomegranate polenta cake

Wed, 10 June 2015
This polenta cake is our most popular cake in the café. The moist texture and fragrant scent of the rose syrup make it a delicious treat with a Middle Eastern flavour. We make this fresh every morning in the café and many of you have asked me for the recipe, so here it is - happy baking! Read More

Raspberry and thyme pickled onions

Tues, 02 June 2015
Pickled onions are a great pantry staple. They’re so easy to make and add a savoury note to a long list of dishes. You could scoop these onto a simple cheese sandwich or a burger, add to a wrap or sprinkle into a salad. The colours are so pretty. These ones are pickled in my raspberry vinegar so they’re nice and sweet, while thyme is a delicious addition. Alternatively add your favourite herb - rosemary and bay would work well. Read More

Houston St. Granola

Mon, 25th May 2015
Many years ago I went for breakfast in a café on Houston Street in New York. I ate thick plain yoghurt with granola that was made on site, and for a time I became pretty obsessed with that granola. I never asked them for the recipe and when I returned several months later the restaurant had gone; as is the case in NYC, things turn around fast. Read More

Summer tart

Tues, 19th May 2015
Now that summer is hopefully showing its face, my mind has turned to eating outside and cooking outdoors, which are two of my favourite things. The emergence of fresh, new flavours at this time of year allows produce to shine, and this tart is full of that early summer taste. Read More

Carrot, cucumber and sesame seed salad

Mon, 11th May 2015
Spiralizers are all the rage right now. They’re great and a good way to add interest to your daily intake of veg. Read More

Lemon and coconut cake

Mon, 5th May 2015
If I had to choose between chocolate and lemon, lemon would win every time. I love a lemon tart and my home is rarely without a lemon loaf cake. After all how could anyone refuse a slice of lemon drizzle cake? With this in mind I have developed a new syrup for the range – lemon! Read More

Blackcurrant and lime fool

Mon, 27th Apr 2015
A berry fool is one of easiest desserts you can make. This classic is usually made with crushed berries but my version is even easier as I use my blackcurrant syrup. All you need is a couple of ingredients. This is a very simple dessert that you can put together at the last minute Read More

Raspberry roasted beetroot with goats’ cheese and lavender honey

Mon, 20th Apr 2015
Beetroot and goats’ cheese is a wonderful combination. For my version I’ve added an orange for a summery feel and rocket for a peppery kick. This salad is light and healthy, perfect for lunch and easy to throw together and take to work. Top off this tasty salad with a drizzle of my new Acacia honey with lavender. Read More

Chocolate, lavender and pecan cookies

Mon, 13th Apr 2015
I bake a lot and I am always testing new recipes and flavours. So, on any given weekend if you pop into my kitchen you could be presented with a variety of baked offerings- half a chocolate cake, muffins that won’t be eaten or shortbread just coming out of the oven. Read More

Asparagus tart

Mon, 7th Apr 2015
This is an incredibly tasty spring tart. Beautiful asparagus is the star here so just add creamy Brie or sharp Camembert for a contrasting flavour. I love the undeniable simplicity of this tart, a perfect light lunch with a side salad. Read More

Decadent chocolate cake with edible flowers

Thurs, 2nd Apr 2015
Easter’s all about chocolate, isn’t it? But it’s also about spring. The clocks have gone forward, the daylight is starting to stretch our evenings, and gardens are waking up with daffodils, primroses and pansies. This cake celebrates all of that, combining a delicious chocolate cake with a cocoa buttercream and decorated with fresh and crystallised edible flowers. Read More

Creamy mushroom tagliatelle

Mon, 30th Mar 2015
My creamy mushroom tagliatelle is an indulgent meal and great as a meatless option for a main course. This dish looks elegant but it’s really easy to throw together. It only has a few ingredients, all simple and full of flavour and texture. What really gives this dish a kick though is the secret ingredient- my wholegrain mustard with horseradish. Read More

Simple spring salads

Mon, 16th Mar 2015
Often the simplest things are the most delicious. Here are three very simple salads, each one a stand-alone meal but equally good as an accompaniment to your favourite dish. There’s a humble yet tasty tomato and basil salad, a vitamin packed beet and radish salad and super greens with a sweet honey vinaigrette. Read More

Lime and rose cake

Mon, 9th Mar 2015
This cake is full of flavour; the yoghurt cuts through the sweetness and makes the cake really moist. The combination of lime in the cake, with the delicate hint of rose in the buttercream, makes it a very feminine cake, really delicious and unique. Decorate the top with your favourite edible flowers like lavender, rose or pansies and primroses*. It’s the perfect cake to make this Mother’s Day. Read More

Hearty kale and lentil soup

Mon, 2nd Mar 20155
A healthy and hearty soup that is perfect to warm you up on a chilly day. My kale and lentil soup is a delicious and spicy blend that is full of flavour and so easy to throw together. Lentils are really tasty but have the added bonus of being high in fiber, protein and iron. Read More

Citrus pound cake

Mon, 23 Feb 2015
If you are pushed for time, my pound cake mix is the solution. All you’ll need is some milk, butter and an egg. Read More

Chocolate crêpes with caramel bananas

Mon, 16 Feb 2015
The trick to making a good pancake batter is to make it in advance. This gives the gluten time to relax and makes the batter much easier to work with. Read More

Roasted apricots with rose yoghurt

Wed, 11 Feb 2015
This would work well with plums as well but I love the delicate flavour of apricots. The sweetness is enhanced by roasting and is a great way to bring out the flavour if the fruit is a little under ripe. Read More

Molten lava cake with raspberry rose centre

Mon, 09 Feb 2015
Valentine's night should be a night of indulgence. These molten lava chocolate cakes can be made ahead of time and popped in the fridge or freezer ( if you freeze or refrigerate bring to room temperature before baking). The exterior bakes to a crisp sponge while the interior stays liquid and luscious. Read More

Roasted butternut squash

Wed, 04 Feb 2015
I love butternut squash but I hated battling with them raw which, frankly, was like trying to cut through granite, until I learned this top tip. Read More

Chocolate heart cake

Mon, 02 Feb 2015
This is a one bowl chocolate cake that’s really moist and very easy to make. There is no creaming of the butter and sugar so it is simple to put together and throw in the oven and while this cake looks impressive- there is no special tin! Read More

Roasted chicken thighs with apricot and ginger jam

Fri, 23 Jan 2015
This is chicken heaven! Sweet and sticky, the flavor combination is divine. It really couldn’t be easier, just chop an onion, throw on some balsamic vinegar, a little Considered apricot and ginger jam and stick in the oven.

Avocado, raw beetroot and fennel salad

Mon, 19 Jan 2015
This salad is completely raw so you’re getting the maximum benefit from all of its nutrient-rich ingredients. Read More

Bircher muesli

Mon, 12 Jan 2015
January for a lot of us is about resetting the nutrition button. After that month of excess, also known as Christmas, January is about getting back into a routine, upping your exercise and readdressing your diet. And for me, that starts with what I have for breakfast. Read More

Winter slaw

Wed, 07 Jan 2015
After the excess of Christmas, I find myself craving foods that feel crisp and light and have a little crunch. This winter slaw is a great side dish and goes really well with cold meats.Read More

Parsnip & garlic soup with spiced seeds

Mon, 05 Jan 2015
I love parsnips, they are such a deep winter vegetable and remind me of cold clear mornings and frosty afternoons. This is the perfect soup after a long brisk walk. The combination of earthy parsnips and sweet roasted garlic compliment each other beautifully.Read More

Rosemary roasted spiced nuts

Wed, 31 Dec 2014
Perfect nuts for a party, these herbed salty spiced nuts are a lovely blend of sweet and savoury, but be warned they are highly addictive!Read More

Recipes for your christmas leftovers

Mon, 29 Dec 2014
What do you do with all those leftovers? How about make the best sandwiches of the year!Read More

Florentines

Wed, 24 Dec 2014
Santa will be sure to stop by if you put out these florentines! Read More

Vanilla & chocolate christmas cookies

Fri, 18 Dec 2014
These star cookies look impressive but they’re incredibly easy to bake! By trimming the warm cookies with your cutter, you’ll give them a nice professional finish (although strictly this isn’t necessary, especially if you're not concerned with how they look).Read More

Ginger thins

Mon, 15 Dec 2014
I love hanging cookies on my Christmas tree. This Ginger Thins recipe lends itself to a variety of patterns as the dough really holds its shape. Read More

Mince meat

Mon, 8 Dec 2014
For me, the festive season begins with mince pies. There are so many good mince pies out there as well as great jars of mincemeat but nothing beats making your own! Read More

Rose and almond christmas cookies

Mon, 1 Dec 2014
These cookies are based on a traditional Greek Christmas shortbread. Light and crumbly, they are scented with rose and full of toasted almonds- the flavour and texture are quite irresistible. Read More

Spiced vanilla and orange poached pears

Mon, 24 Nov 2014
Poached pears are a great dessert for this time of year. Firstly they shout winter, especially in this recipe which adds mandarin and cardamom. Secondly they are in abundance in the shops at the moment and thirdly because you can make them in advance. Read More

Caramel nut bars

Mon, 17 Nov 2014
The toffee butter sauce is one of my favourite products in the range. It should be a store cupboard staple. There are so many ways to use it, not least just to eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon!Read More

Spiced banana cake with caramel cream

Mon, 8 Nov 2014
I don’t know about you but I always seem to have an abundance of bananas that are past their best. Luckily I love banana cake. Did you know that bananas freeze really well, so next time you have an overripe banana, peel it, slice it and pop in it a bag in the freezer ready to pull out when you want to make this cake. I have added some spices to this cake to give it extra depth of flavour.Read More

Lavender chocolate tarts

Mon, 3 Nov 2014
I have been adding lavender to my food for many years. Think of this unique flavour as another herb in your kitchen.Read More

Raspberry rose vinaigrette

Mon, 27 Oct 2014
You may think of this jam as something to put on your favourite scone and indeed it is delicious, but here is another way to use it: add a teaspoon to vinegar and some olive oil for a sweet vinaigrette. Read More

24 hour chocolate chunk cookies

Mon, 20 Oct 2014
Who isn’t obsessed with chocolate chip cookies? I have, over the years tested many recipes but this is my ultimate!Read More

No knead bread

Mon, 13 Oct 2014
Are you scared of yeast? I ask you this because for years I was, I was a dab hand at a meringue and my shortbread had people ring ahead before they visited to see if a batch was in the oven, but bread, yeasted bread, baffled me.Read More

Earl Grey, pear and walnut cake with ginger cream

Mon, 06 Oct 2014
It has been such a wonderful season for Pears! I have two pear trees and have never had so much fruit. In fact sadly one tree bore so many pears that the trunk has snapped! It was a lesson in planting a tree in the correct position and in this case I did not and planted it too close to a shaded wall so all the fruit was on one side of the tree and with this year's abundant crop the trunk could not take the weight. Read More

Cardamom lemon cookies

Mon, 29 Sep 2014
These bite-size cookies are a twist on a lemon cream. The addition of cardamom in the cookie dough gives them an earthy depth of flavour that makes them a more grown-up version of a family favourite. The mascarpone and lemon curd filing is like eating lemon clouds (it would also make a sublime cake filling).Read More

Buttermilk chocolate cake with chocolate and toffee butter filling

Mon, 22 Sep 2014
This three-tier cake is somewhat decadent; the perfect showstopper for any occasion. The buttermilk makes this cake very light and moist and the rich chocolate and toffee butter filling make it a luscious and a real treat. Read More