Thai-style fish cakes (Tod Mun Pla)

Oh how I love fish cakes at Thai restaurants. They’re incredibly moreish! So I wanted to recreate them at home, but without all the fuss and without the oiliness, and with a bit more bite. These fish cakes use only 3 ingredients, take very little time to make, are not oily and are very healthy….

Spiced pumpkin scones

When most people think of typical Australian food they think of pavlovas, meat pies, lamingtons and damper. Back when I was growing up all of these foods were staples, but pumpkins scones were also extremely popular. Strangely, they seem to have dropped off the radar. Perhaps this is because when I was growing up Joh…

Spanish-style lentils (lentejas).

One of the dishes that transports me back to my childhood is lentils. They were a regular feature growing up because they were cheap and a small amount made a mountain of food. We used to have two versions of this dish, a Swiss-style version with smoked pork belly and bratwurst sausage or occasionally a…

Roasted miso aubergines with udon noodles

I’ve previously gushed about my fascination about Japan and Japanese food in my Crispy tofu skewers post. Back when I was 20 years old, I was invited to a friend’s birthday dinner in a Japanese restaurant where I was introduced to Japanese style aubergine/ eggplant. Prior to this, I had only eaten aubergine mainly in…

Madras beef curry

When I was 18 I worked in an Indian restaurant. It was a brief love affair, lasting a whole week! Like all love affairs, I was absolutely besotted at the beginning. I couldn’t wait till our next rendezvous. The sights and sounds in the kitchen were fascinating to me, and the smells of all the…

Tomahawk steak

I received an email the other day announcing that Aldi in Ireland are now selling Tomahawk steaks. For those that don’t know, Tomahawks are ribeye steaks that are attached to the bone. Having the bone in adds extra flavour to the cut, although ribeye is already pretty damn tasty. These steaks have become very popular…

Pea and walnut pesto with gnocchi

Firstly, I have to thank Nigella Lawson for introducing me to the joy that is pan fried gnocchi. What’s not to like about the soft potato dumplings having a crunchy exterior?! If you have the time or inclination, making them from scratch is worth the effort, but this recipe is about rustling up something quick…

Apple cinnamon muffins with maple glaze

Many moons ago I bought a house and as a house warming gift, my mother gave me a book dedicated to muffins. It was the sort of gift that just kept on giving, because whenever I had a hankering for something sweet I could rustle up something quick and tasty with whatever was in the…

Crispy tofu skewers

The high school that I attended had Japanese as part of it curriculum. For me it was a love hate relationship. I loved the language, I loved the culture, I most certainly loved the food; I just wasn’t very good at speaking Japanese, let alone trying to grasp the written aspect of the language. But…

San choy bow salad bowls

Ahhh… San choy bow. The delicious Asian lettuce cups with more names than you can poke a stick at. San choi bao. San or sang. Tom-may-to tom-mah-to!!! It really depends on where you are, where you order it from and perhaps the mood of the menu author at the time. It’s all a westernised version…

Mushroom soup in a bread bowl

Many, many moons ago I briefly lived in Boston, courtesy of a J1 visa. Not long after arriving in Boston I learned that clam chowder or lobster bisque in a bread bowl at Faneuil Hall Marketplace is life! Dipping the lid of the bread bowl into the creamy soup, and cautiously ripping the sides of…

Smoked cheese and pink peppercorn croquetas

My father is Spanish, so growing up we’d always have Spanish food in our house. Chorizo was a staple, tortilla and croquetas would be made regularly and paella would be made over an open fire on special occasions. For me Spanish food is linked to many happy memories. One of those happy memories is visiting…