Christmas Pudding Truffles

by Kristin on December 19, 2012

I’m not really a fan of Christmas pudding. It’s not that it’s not tasty — it is. And lighting them on fire is always fun. But they’re also very heavy, and they need to be steamed for hours when stovetop space is at a premium with all the other things cooking for Christmas dinner. Christmas […]


Irish Stout Gingerbread

by Kristin on December 12, 2012

December was made for baking. Holiday visitors, the long, cold nights and evenings spent in front of a crackling fire all call for something sweet and comforting. Not a week goes by now where I don’t buy a fresh supply of sugar and flour, eggs and butter, and one of the first things I bake […]


Caramel Apple and Irish Whiskey Clafoutis

by Kristin on November 23, 2012

A few weeks ago I was in Galway for my annual freelance editing talk at the university. As a change from the hotel we usually stay at we went to the Heron’s Rest B&B instead, which is famous for owner Sorcha Malloy’s breakfasts. The menu is seasonal, but when we were there in October it […]



by Kristin on October 30, 2012

Colcannon (cál ceannann, “white-headed cabbage”) is a traditional Irish potato dish eaten at Halloween. Frank Bruni, former food critic at the New York Times, might be perplexed by the Irish love affair with spuds, but here, they’re the stuff of poetry and song. Did you ever eat colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream? With the […]


What’s hotter than Irish craft beer this year? The Restaurant Association of Ireland launched the first Irish Craft Beer Week in August, the first Apple and Craft Cider Festival took place last month in Tipperary, organised by Slow Food Ireland, and John McKenna said at the launch of the 10th edition of the Irish Food […]


Black Pudding, Apple and Kale Salad

by Kristin on October 9, 2012

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” — George Eliot I love October. The temperature is still on the pleasant side of chilly — crisp and invigorating as opposed to the cold damp of wintertime that settles […]


Every now and then, you buy a bag of apples that smell so … appley. The kind of smell where if you close your eyes and breathe deeply, you can almost imagine yourself transported to the middle of an apple orchard on a crisp, sunny autumn day. This weekend, you can do just that at […]

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Irish Fry Breakfast Salad

by Kristin on August 4, 2012

It took me a long time to accept the sad fact that Ireland doesn’t have a culture of big breakfasts if you’re eating out. No waffles, no corned beef hash, no farmers’ breakfast skillets, no buttered rye toast, no bottomless cups of coffee in chunky diner mugs. What we do have, though, is the fry. In […]


Brown Bread and Irish Stout Ice Cream

by Kristin on July 19, 2012

When I was 38 weeks pregnant with my daughter, my house was more of a building site than a home expecting the arrival of a new baby. We’d bought it only a few months before and were in the final throes of remodelling, which it badly needed. Up came the floral blue carpet, down came […]


Suburban Illinois in the 1980s wasn’t a terribly cosmopolitan place (not that it is now either). When it came to food, the most exotic thing I ate was fettuccine Alfredo in the local Italian restaurant, and the first time I had pesto, it was from a dried packet mix. It was a sad, dusty, lifeless […]