Recipes

Recipe: Porcini and Chicken Rigatoni with White Truffle Oil

Having been tempted to try a little truffle oil while on holidays recently, I was instantly hooked and set about trying to buy a bottle of this fiercely flavoursome stuff.   I came across two types really; what looked like barely fragranced olive oil and what was going to cost the same as a mortgage payment. […]

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Recipe: Spiralized Courgette (Zucchini) with Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper, Basil and Tomato Sauce

Suffering from a love for gadgets inherited from my father and readily indulged by my husband, my most recent folly is a spiralizer. A what-ilizer? I hear you say. Well, let me explain. It’s the latest in my formidable arsenal of weapons against fat. I’ve tried everything (except regular exercise and healthy eating, obviously) to […]

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Recipe: Cheap & Easy Kedgeree

An old fashioned colonial recipe, the recipe for kedgeree supposedly evolved from the Englishman’s love of kippers for breakfast, enlivened by the wonderful array of spices and rice available in India. A healthy, fast, and very cheap dish, I can’t believe we don’t see it touted more often by health food nuts or indeed frugal […]

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Writers’ Tipples: Straight Scotch – Dylan Thomas

This writer’s drink is a straightforward one; his relationship with drink itself was not. Over the last couple of weeks, this little series of writers’ favourite drinks is part homage to writers I admire, part a bit of fun.  I find myself unable to draw much fun out of this writer’s association with drinking, however. […]

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Recipe: Easy Individual Banoffee Pie

‘Offee pie is a unique RMKealy recipe.  However, it’s not inspired by culinary genius, painstakingly formulated and tested in a professional kitchen. It’s what happens when a typical modern Irish woman (read: insanely busy) juggles slightly too many balls in the air while attempting to be that multi-limbed goddess of family, home and work that […]

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Writers’ Tipples: Whiskey Sour Recipe – Dorothy Parker

Ah, where to begin with my beloved Dorothy Parker.   I’ll be covering a visit to the Algonquin shortly under the food section, but it would be remiss of me not to include a drink or two under this literary heroine’s name. You might forgive me if I wax lyrical a little on the subject of […]

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Recipe: Goat’s Cheese and Carmelised Onion Tarts

This recipe was inspired by the great Delia Smith, whose real recipe can be found here. If you have the time for Delia’s recipe, stop right here and click the link above. If, however you’re short on time and energy, read on.  There’s a cheat’s version.  (Phew, I hear you say.) In the fridge section […]

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Recipe: Homemade Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese

In the last week alone we’ve had sun, snow, sleet and storms. Assonance aside, it hasn’t been fun. So comfort food is in order I think, despite the alleged Spring season.  I’ve been meaning to try this stalwart of US menus for years, ever since a good friend (hailing from Indiana) first laughed at my […]

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Recipe: Quick Thai Green Chicken Curry

Fast Thai Green Chicken Curry If you’re anything like me, December was rather unhealthy.  Between the pre-Christmas parties, the over-indulgence during the Holidays and the couch-grazing during time off, I feel a very real need to take a bit of time for restorative rest.  That means bed early for some physical rest, and healthy food […]

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Writers’ Tipples: ‘The Screwdriver’ Recipe – Truman Capote

This is the first in a little series based on my favourite writers and their favourite drinks.  Yes, I know, terribly arduous a job I have, what with the mixing, the photographing, and yes, the drinking 😉 Here goes, hic, nothing…. The word ‘powerful’ gets bandied about a lot these days, allocated to everything from […]

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