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Irish Food & Retro Recipes…

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We’re coming close to the end of my RTÉ One series which finishes up next week.  I’ve had such lovely feedback on twitter and facebook and I am so thrilled to hear it has brought back some wonderful food memories for many.  In last week’s episode I learned the traditional Irish method of planting potatoes and I got to cook surprisingly delicious cheddar yeast rolls with mashed potato as a key ingredient, in a bastible over an open fire.  While, Marie O’Toole a lifelong member of the Irish Country Women’s Association, spoke about the electrification of Ireland, it’s effects on the Irish home kitchen and the great work of the ICA who continue to promote cooking skills throughout their nationwide network of members.

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In this week’s episode I meet former politician and English teacher, Mary O’Rourke, who shared her memories of Theodora FitzGibbon, whose food writing she often used in her classes.  Mary shared fond memories of learning how to cook and in particular a recipe for éclairs from Irish food writer Maura Laverty.  I also try my hand at two wonderful retro recipes, a braised Rabbit Pie and a moist and creamy Black Forest Gateaux.  Make sure to tune in to RTÉ One at 8.30pm on Tuesday nights for more.  Check out the recipes from last weeks and tonights episode below.



{ Potato Yeast Rolls… }

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Irish Food Folk: The Herb Garden…


Cooking in the summer means lots of fresh and vibrant herbs from the garden.  Last summer I got the chance to shoot a piece for FEAST: A Dinner Journal all about summer herbs and one lady in the know is Denise Dunne who invited me to her sweet little cottage in North County Dublin.  In the run up to our next High Summer issue of FEAST: A Dinner Journal in a couple of weeks, I wanted to introduce you to Denise…


Denise Dunne grew up in suburban Dublin in Santry in the 1960s but unlike the urban gardens of other homes her parents filled their’s with every imaginable edible plant and some animals too, creating a home-grown paradise in a quiet cul-de-sac. Good food was important to her family and they were practically self- sufficient long before it was fashionable.

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The Pleasures of Theodora…


Between the reprint of Theodora FitzGibbon’s recipes in The Pleasures of the Table, and cooking through her recipes on my RTÉ One show, it has been so wonderful to hear from those with fond memories of one of Ireland’s most important food writers.  Last weekend John Bowman’s Radio One show, focused on radio archives of interviews with Theodora.  A superb insight into her eccentric life and personality.  It makes for brilliant listening and you can find the full piece here at about 12 minutes in.


Theodora’s recipes were the focus of another great Irish food writer’s regular Irish Examiner column last weekend also.  Darina Allen gave a wonderful write up of Theodora’s life and included recipes from the new book which you can find over here.  I’ll be cooking many more Theodora’s recipes in the upcoming episodes of Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen, so make sure to tune in on RTÉ One at 8.30pm on Tuesday nights.


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Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube Family…


WE ARE FAMILY! I GOT ALL MY SISTERS WITH ME! Sing it with me now! Sorry I’m a little excited this morning as I’ve just signed up to Mr. Jamie Oliver’s fantastic FoodTube family! Jamie’s FoodTube is Europe’s largest and fastest growing YouTube channel with nearly one million subscribers in just over a year.  My youtube cooking channel will now be a part of the network which is home to Hugh Fearnley-Whitingstall’s River Cottage Food Tube, My Virgin Kitchen’s Barry Lewis, spandex clad DJ BBQ & baking sensation Cupcake Jemma to name just a few.

Since my channel launched 3 months ago I’ve had such great support so a massive thank you to the 60,000 subscribers who have been liking and sharing my recipe videos and spreading the word.  There’s lots coming up on the channel with an extra special collaboration with Jamie’s mentor Gennaro Contaldo this Sunday and great recipes all lined up, so make sure to head over and subscribe! :)

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Top 5 tips for the Perfect Burger…


Time for another edition of top tips! If you missed the first two posts in the series, you can check them out here and here.  The idea behind this series is to get the best of the best in their fields, to share their tips and tricks of the trade. From flower arranging to setting the perfect dinner party table, I want to tap into the knowledge of the some of the most passionate producers. With BBQ season in full swing, I thought no better time than the present for our next installment.  Bunsen Burger blasted on to the Dublin restaurant scene last year offering real burgers done right!  With a business card sized menu, Tom Gleeson, founder of Bunsen Burger on Wexford St, is passionate about keeping it simple and creating quality American style burgers.  Tom agreed to share his tips on creating the perfect burger.

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1. Know your meat…

It’s got to be freshly ground! We mince our burgers fresh every morning in our cold room. We use three specific fore-quarter cuts minced to a precise secret blend. Don’t have your own cold room?  Just ask your butcher to grind some fresh…. chuck steak is a good cut to start with! Alternatively pop in to us and we’ll sort you out with some fresh meat/buns.

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Video Recipe: Summer Berry Pavlova…


This week’s youtube video features a super dessert for summer entertaining- a summer berry pavlova!  It has crisp, chewy, marshmallow meringue layers, stacked together with perfect soft whipped cream and sweet, summer berries. It’s a showstopper that really celebrates all things summer but can be adapted for any time of the year by swapping in different toppings.

This recipe for meringues is one I use all the time and rather than using caster sugar added gradually to the frothy egg whites, you place icing sugar in with them at the start and whisk on high until you are left with stiff white peaks.  It’s a fool proof method and can be used to make pavlova bases and normal meringues also.  We’re coming close to hitting the 60k subscriber mark on youtube so don’t forget to head over and ask a question on my Q&A and make sure to tune in this Sunday as I will be cooking with the godfather of Italian cooking, Mr. Gennaro Contaldo!


Continue to the recipe for Summer Berry Layered Pavlova…

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Black pudding & Holy Buns…

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Black pudding is serious business here in Ireland and as a result we have some of the finest blood pudding in the world.  A traditional addition to the famous Full Irish Breakfast, black pudding has been made in Ireland for hundreds of years.  It was traditionally made in small farmhouses in rural Ireland as part of the process of slaughtering a pig.  Meat from the animal would be divided out and cured or eaten fresh while the blood would be collected and saved to make black pudding.

Monatage Black Pudding

Neighbors were often involved in the work and in return for helping out, they would get a share of the fresh and cured meat and puddings.  This was an important part of the process as it meant fresh meat would be available more regularly.  Often to subsidise the modest farmhouse income black pudding would be sold to village shops along with eggs, butter and milk.  Nowadays quality Irish black pudding is readily available and butchers like McCarthy’s of Kanturk and Kelly’s of Newport make some of the best you can buy.

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Despite eating copious amounts of the black stuff, I have never made it.  It’s a tricky process (gruesome for some!) involving fresh blood and intestines, so as you can imagine, not the type of ingredients most of us have in our kitchens.  I got the opportunity to make some with Mary, the Bean An Tí from Muckross Traditional Farms when we filmed for this week’s episode of Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen.  She gave me a first hand demonstration, which turned out to be a lot easier than I imagined.  The blood is mixed with oats, onion, salt and spices and then loosely stuffed into the intestines, tied in rings and then boiled in a large pot of water.  A brilliant Irish ingredient that can be used in so many different ways.

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Another highlight of filming was a trip to Kylemore Abbey to cook with the Benedictine nuns.  The Benedictine order has resided at the abbey since 1919 and in that time for many years it was run as a boarding school with many of the nuns teaching there.  It is now one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations with its rich history and dramatic setting in the heart of the Connemara, Co. Galway.  

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Dinner’s On with Barry Lewis…

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Barry Lewis is one of the many rising food stars on YouTube and a few weeks back I got hang out with him at the BBC Bristol Food Connections festival in Bristol.  We chatted food, YouTube and he mentioned he had his first cookbook coming out.  I’ve finally got my hands on it and it’s a super book filled with inspirational and quirky everyday dinner ideas, perfect for families.  If you watch Barry’s channel on YouTube you will know he has two young daughters and his passion for feeding his family great quality food comes shining through in his debut cookbook.

*This competition is now closed.* To celebrate the release of Barry’s new book, I have three copies of Dinner’s On to giveaway! To be in with a chance of winning a copy of this brilliant book, leave a comment below telling me your ‘go to’ dinner dish, and make sure you subscribe to my newsletter here. Entries close on Friday 18th of July 2014. The winner will be chosen at random that day- Good luck!  I’ve also got just some of the brilliant recipes from Barry’s new book below to whet your appetite…



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