Author: Cathal

“Best Ever” Chilli

“Best Ever” Chilli

Authentic: of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine. What is authentic? I’ve been thinking a lot about what this means as I’ve been mulling over what to write to accompany this recipe. When it comes to food there are…

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Cocktails have experienced a resurgence of interest in the recent past. As people have become much more food conscious, the natural progression from that is to a recipe involving alcohol. This is evident in the local distilleries that are cropping…

Lamb Curry

Lamb Curry

Curry. Where do I begin? It’s like taking something like a sandwich and trying to describe the complete essence of what a sandwich is in one paragraph. There are certain conditions that exist such as bread and filling that let…

Spiced Roast Cauliflower

Spiced Roast Cauliflower

Cauliflower is such an underutilised and underrated vegetable but one with an incredible earthy, nutty flavour with enough substance to stand up against the bold spices used in this recipe. It works fantastically well with the flavours of India, while…

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Baking may sometimes seem a little daunting if we are new to it. We could very well be interested but may be overwhelmed by the prospect of a recipe that seems beyond our capabilities. The key to overcoming that is trying…

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Variety is the spice of life and likewise you could say that spice is the variety of life. There can be a certain trepidation to the word spice; many associating it with unpalatable and ferocious chilli heat. This could not…

Chilli Beef Stir-Fry

Chilli Beef Stir-Fry

After the over indulgence of the festive season has passed and our groaning literal belts have unnaturally tightened, it’s time for many of us to try to get back to, or perhaps even into, healthier eating habits. The term “healthy…

Roast Chicken with Chorizo and potatoes & Broccoli and feta salad with cherry tomatoes and toasted almonds

Roast Chicken with Chorizo and potatoes & Broccoli and feta salad with cherry tomatoes and toasted almonds

Roast chicken is a culinary favourite that is one of the ultimate comfort dishes. It is also one that can be easy to slip into default mode with, and to just think of the classic roast with all the trimmings….

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Having a recipe for a spaghetti Bolognese is a staple in any cook’s repertoire. This is my recipe and has evolved for me since I first made it to what it is now. Even if you already have a recipe…

The Essential Techniques to the Perfect Bolognese

The Essential Techniques to the Perfect Bolognese

Bolognese sauce or ragù alla Bolognese has a certain mysticism attached to it. It has a near hallowed tradition, not unlike Christmas dinner, in most family homes about how it is prepared and what it contains. Indeed, I’ve even had…