Salads

Sweet Potato and Broccoli Salad

Sweet Potato and Broccoli Salad

This is a recent post I wrote for the awesome blog, The Mom Diaries by an inspirational mamma friend of mine. Please check it our for inspirational stories about motherhood, the highs and the lows, and great recipes, of course! Often, we as mothers decide what our children will or will not like without giving them a fair chance to explore and try new ingredients. This said, it’s really important to cultivate an interest in food from a young age. My daughter of eighteen months has surprised me again and again with her adventurous spirit, but lets face it, all toddlers are inquisitive and...

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Salad on the go

Salad on the go

It’s a beautiful September afternoon, a light rain is falling outside and the branches are covered in bright green new leaves… It always makes my heart skip a beat when the seasons start to change, there just seems to be this excitement and expectation in the air as nature holds her breath for summer to arrive. One of my recent projects is a salad shoot with my dear friend and fellow foodie Jill Chen. We’d planned this salad shoot before the arrival of Summer and crammed it in-between our busy schedules. The more I look at this picture the more I wonder why I haven’t...

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Red Wine Poached Pears

Red Wine Poached Pears

Red wine poached pears are such a classic. I’ve seen them paired with rare roast beef and this is my variation of that salad that I recently saw while flipping through an old Gourmet magazine… On sunny Winter days like today, I sometimes get a salad craving, but still want something hearty and filling for lunch. This is a seared pork fillet and red wine poached pear salad for an occasion just like that. There’s something so lovely about the texture of a soft poached pear in a salad. I love to use fruit in my cooking, I need no excuse to combine most things with it. Red wine...

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Easy Summer Outdoor Entertaining

Easy Summer Outdoor Entertaining

How fitting that it’s one of the most gorgeous summer days today… Possibly it’s more noticeable because it’s that time of summer when you realise that the days are getting a little cooler and you’d better appreciate every sunny, wind-free day you’ve got! This brought me to the thought of outdoor entertaining, something I personally think I’ve got down to a fine-art. I can honestly say that I am at my happiest when I’ve got a glass of chilled white wine in my hand and I am sitting around a huge table with friends and family eating in a relaxed,...

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Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

The reason I love this salad is that it’s simple to make and it consists of some of my favourite ingredients… Fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, capers, red onion – how can theses delicious flavours not create something awe-inspiring together! I thought I’d share the story of my first taste of buffalo mozzarella, the real thing. When I was living in Dublin, working long night shifts in a French bakery, I lived with a young Italian woman (I thought that was the best way to describe her). She was everything you’d expect an Italian woman to be: confident,...

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Warm Baby Potato Salad

Warm Baby Potato Salad

Okay, its official, winter is here. This is a beautiful salad for a lunch and is perfect for this time of year. It’s still hearty, but has a lovely freshness and crisp. I love potato salad and I love trying new and different ingredients in them. It all started when I visited Dublin and went to Cornucopia, this gorgeous little vegetarian cafe that serves good, honest food. You could immediately tell by the diverse people waiting on the sidewalk to be seated every lunch that there was something special about their food. From businessmen to students to urban hippies, this was obviously...

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