Carrot Salad

Things have been fairly hectic Chez Ais of late. Finals finished on Thursday, and what better way to celebrate than with a big ole BBQ. Unfortunately, all that cooking didn’t leave much time for blogging. All is not lost however, because there is plenty of fodder for future posts, with home-made salsa, red onion marmalade, … Continue reading

Roast Rhubarb with Honey and Orange

The glorious weather of the past week has proved somewhat of a mixed blessing: as the sun beats down outside, I’ve been in the library, trying, often unsuccessfully, to condense a year’s learning into a few pithy notes. Thursday presented a welcome distraction, when I was lucky enough to attend the #irishfoodies event organised by Maeve … Continue reading

Comfort Food, College Style.

In the days of yore, when I was a ‘real’ student that didn’t live at home, this was the specialty dish of one of my roommates. Traditionally, it is made with turkey steaks, because Tesco generally had them on special offer, though chicken makes a fine turkey substitute. I’d imagine chucking in a few extra … Continue reading

Smoked Paprika Pork

Smoked Paprika Pork

Few things are as exciting as getting a parcel in the post, especially when wrapped in wax paper and tied up with string, as was the lovely rack of quality-assured pork Bord Bia sent me earlier this week. One of my favourite things about blogging so far has been the constant motivation to try something … Continue reading

Family, eh?

Tonights dinner guests have never been afraid to let their presence be felt. They have, The Mammy informs me, demanded a teaser of what is in store for them. Well this is all you’re getting:

All Hail Halloumi

Halloumi pitta

I’ll confess: I normally turn to roasting veg when they’re no longer quite up to salad standards. So the forgotten, slightly shriveled red peppers went into the mix with some slowly browning aubergine and some squishy cherry tomatoes. A quick blast in the oven along-side some shallots, garlic and chili and dressed with a dash of balsamic … Continue reading

Gluttony (also, Extravagance, Pride)

chocolate brownies

These brownies should come with a health warning: do not bake without a cause. Left sitting on a countertop with no real purpose, they will disappear. To your hips. I speak from experience when I say the single most important thing when making these is to use good quality chocolate. I used Lindt 70% which … Continue reading

“Oh, pâte sucrée!”

Pear and Almond Tart

People often ask me what it’s like to have moved back into the family home. On the one hand, it’s a deeply luxurious experience. Rather than an against-college-regulations electric camping hob (it lived in the wardrobe) and a combi-oven (more microwave than oven), I have access to four whole rings of induction-y goodness, and not … Continue reading

I’m not frugal… I’m economical

Tuna and Chickpea Salad

Given the choice between spending a fiver on my lunch, or going for a ‘sneaky’ post-college drink, I’m always going to choose the drink. This requires forethought however, and planning. Especially as the catering company’s contract means there are no microwaves or kettles on campus (so soup is out!). Sandwiches are fine to a point, … Continue reading

Bloggers Delight: Part 3

Beetroot, Orange and Feta Salad

The third post in my very blog-inspired week comes courtesy of a wonderful blog called Lola-Lu’s Kitchen. I’d never cooked beetroot before, but with a recipe for Martijn Kajuiter’s Rhubarb With Beetroot I’d seen over at The Daily Spud in mind, I’d picked some up. Once I saw this recipe, the rhubarb had to wait. … Continue reading