Irish food

Hot Cross Buns with Cranberries and Apricots

by Kristin on April 4, 2012

One of the first songs I learned to play on the piano was ‘Hot Cross Buns’. I was six years old, tapping out my first quarter notes, looking at the lyrics and wondering what a ha’penny was. It wouldn’t be until I moved to Ireland in my twenties that I’d actually eat a hot cross […]


Irish Soda Bread

by Kristin on March 14, 2012

If you only learn how to make one Irish recipe, learn how to make soda bread. If you visit Ireland you’re bound to have it at some point, either served at breakfast in a B&B with butter and jam (my favourite way to have it) or a slice or two alongside a bowl of soup. […]


Salted Nutella and Banana Pancakes

by Kristin on February 21, 2012

Growing up in the American Midwest, Fat Tuesday was a bit of a non-event. I’d be vaguely aware that it was Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but in Illinois it was just another winter day. In Ireland, though, it’s called Pancake Tuesday and it’s a big deal. At my local grocery store, one of the […]


Oven Baked Scotch Eggs

by Kristin on January 11, 2012

As the new year gets underway, I’m just like everyone else I know these days – worried about money, a little scared about the future and nervous at what the coming year might bring. I’ve stopped reading the papers (again), put off by all the doom and gloom and financial crises I don’t understand. Instead, […]


In the 1970s, there were only a few people making farmhouse cheese in Ireland. Today, though, there are around 50 artisan cheesemakers producing 130 different cheeses, so there’s more choice and variety than ever. But with so much choice, it can be hard to know where to start or what to choose, so I met […]


Top 5 Irish Foodie Stocking Stuffers 2011

by Kristin on December 15, 2011

Did you know that for every €1 spent in the local economy, €1.50 is generated? Or that if every household spent just €4 more per week on Irish goods, over 6,000 jobs would be created? There’s a growing appetite to buy Irish and shop locally, which is even more important at Christmastime, and one of the […]


Mustard and Herb Lamb Chops with Honey Dressing

by Kristin on November 30, 2011

“So how do you like your steak done?” I asked the group watching my demo two weeks ago at Salon du Blog in France as I made my first dish of steak sandwiches with a Cashel Blue butter. “They like it rare,” said Bernadette, our translator, driver, sous chef and all-round helper for the weekend […]


In Ireland, it’s easy to take the top-quality food for granted. Writing in The Atlantic, Corby Kummer even goes so far as to say we have the best ingredients in Europe. We have butter that’s a creamy yellow, the way it should be; bread that’s baked fresh every day and delivered to the stores first […]


Caraway Seed Cake

by Kristin on November 11, 2011

It’s hard to believe that I skipped over things like chocolate peanut butter cake, turtle bars and pecan brownies and headed straight for this recipe for caraway seed cake as the first thing I baked from Lilly Higgins’s new cookbook, Make, Bake, Love, but I’d been intrigued by the idea of this cake ever since […]


Irish Tea Barmbrack

by Kristin on October 31, 2011

I have a friend who used to work in the famous Bewley’s Café on Grafton Street in Dublin years ago. She told me once about about the letters they got around this time of year, usually from tourists who had bought a loaf of barmbrack in the store to take back home with them. The […]