Salad

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

March 28, 2015

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Cauliflower is now trendier than kale. I am kind of pleased by this. Much as I like kale, I won’t miss that awful ‘cabbagey’ smell you get with cooked kale. I feel like every restaurant I walked into last year smelled of kale. It’s kind of how I imagined Ireland smelled in the 1940’s, when all they had was kale and potatoes as vegetables. Continue Reading…

Soup

White Vegetable Soup

March 20, 2015

White Vegetable SoupIt’s the first day of spring, and I am celebrating with this wonderful white vegetable soup. It’s made with a few of my favorite things – celeriac, cauliflower, cumin and roasted garlic.

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Cake

Irish Coffee Swiss Roll

March 13, 2015

Irish Coffee Swiss Roll

When I was young my sister Zoe used to make a great coffee cake. I used to think coffee cake was incredibly sophisticated as a child. Generally in Ireland coffee cakes were not made with coffee. Just absorb that sentence for a second. You have to remember it was the eighties and coffee hadn’t quite taken off. Continue Reading…

Bread

Dubliner and Chive Soda Bread

March 9, 2015

Dubliner and Chive Soda Bread

As St. Patrick ’s Day is coming up I thought I would share a traditional Irish soda bread recipe. For me, soda bread is one of Ireland’s best recipes. For one, it is probably the easiest bread you will ever make. You don’t need any special flour, there is no yeast or proving involved, it takes minutes to make and less than an hour to cook. Continue Reading…

Cake

Lemon Polenta Cake

March 3, 2015

Lemon Polenta Cake

Spring is officially eighteen days away, but it seems to have arrived early in Seattle this year. I have been busy trying to banish all the weeds from our garden (by hand!), and have started to get the raised beds ready for planting. Our little garden is a lot of work, but I love every moment of it.  After all that time battling moss and weeds,  it’s always rewarding to have a hot cup of tea and a slice of cake. Continue Reading…