Free-from common sense

Gluten free, dairy free, lactose free, sugar free. Free-from ranges in shops are booming as more and more of us hop on dietary bandwagons, attaching ourselves to intolerances as though each one we can list makes us a bit more special. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan... mmmm But in the past week it’s become clear that [...]

Competition! Lunch for two at the Cork International Hotel

***Update: The winner is Mary Tighe - thanks for your entries, keep an eye out for more competitions!*** There is such a thing as a free lunch! Last week I wrote about my recent staycation at the fabulous Cork International Hotel. This week, your chance to win a delicious lunch for two at the New Yorker [...]

2018-12-01T09:53:14+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Staycation? Don't mind if I do

I never understood the appeal of 'going to look at the planes'. My mother, who grew up in Ennis, talks fondly of Sunday drives to Shannon, where she and her siblings would be encouraged to watch the planes landing and taking off from Co Clare's most cosmopolitan location. It's always seemed to me like a poor [...]

Win! Dinner for two at Holy Smoke

Meat, glorious meat seems to be the latest food craze in the Cork restaurant scene. A number of BBQ and burger joints have popped up around the city in the past year, and they're just the ticket for date night, provided you don't mind being seen scarfing your dinner at a rate of knots by your [...]

No go for Cork Our Table event this year

Our Table was one of the best events I've ever attended anywhere, and both the idea - that of Jack Crotty of Rocketman - and execution in 2015 was a great example of the kind of thing that can happen when imagination meets cooperation. https://www.instagram.com/p/37J6qrRhUB/?taken-by=deshocks Sadly, after just one year, it all seems to have [...]

Lunch al-desko: Butternut squash and feta salad

In weather like this it's tempting to eat out all the time (for me anyway), but if you have a nice outdoor area near your workplace you can get all the benefits without any of the spends! I love Middle Eastern food and using Za'atar (a blend of Middle Eastern spices available in any good ethnic [...]

Lunch al-desko: Think pink beetroot hummus

I love bright colours and this combination never fails to cheer me up! It's cheap and healthy, quick and easy to make, and kept in the fridge in an airtight container, will keep you going for a couple of days. Beetroot hummus What's in it 4 (small) vacuum packed beetroots 1 tin of butterbeans (you can use chickpeas but [...]

Lunch al desko: Chickpea, butternut squash and chorizo stew

There's still a serious chill in the air and, while a hot lunch doesn't suit everyone, this is one of my go-to recipes for wintry weather. It's the kind of food that ages well so a day or two after making it, this will be even tastier than the day you made it! I first had [...]

2018-12-01T09:54:46+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lunch al desko: Tomato, lentil and coconut soup

This is one of the easiest recipes I know and I make a pot of it every week. It's tasty and very filling and you can make loads of changes to it, depending on what you have in stock. What's in it: - Tin of tomatoes - 1/2 tin of coconut milk - 1L stock (chicken [...]

Lunch al desko: Greek meatballs with homemade flatbreads

Nothing about this one sounds easy but it's surprisingly simple. Since going dairy free I've been craving cheese. This mince was originally bought for something Italian - spaghetti and meatballs or lasagne - but none of those things work without a good sprinkling of parmesan or some sharp cheddar. So, I decided to go Greek. Yes, [...]