Summer food

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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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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Mixed Cheese Tortellini with Red Pepper Pesto

Mixed Cheese Tortellini with Red Pepper Pesto

It’s almost the weekend and seeing as I’m on a roll posting more regularly, I’d love to share this beautiful recipe with you. I’m not usually very big on Valentines day, but what I do love is make my hubby a special meal. This dish is guaranteed to be a show-stopper. What’s more romantic than putting so much love into a dish and making your own hand-filled tortellini! So, on that note. Here is a basic pasta recipe that I often make in my food processor, but it’s just as easy to make by hand. Enjoy! Basic Pasta Recipe: (Serves 4-6 people) 500 g strong white...

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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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Bundt Cake with frozen berries

Bundt Cake with frozen berries

  So, this the brief add-on to a previous post on outdoor entertaining, to guarantee you a full-proof outdoor entertaining repertoire. The story of this cherished recipe is probably worth a mention… A few years ago, my husband and I were in a part of the country we don’t regularly explore, as we had flown there for a wedding. Without a car, but eager to explore the surrounding mountains, friends of ours told us about their old 4×4 car that was standing on an aunt’s farm and offered for us to use it. When we arrived on the beautiful sugarcane farm, the aunt...

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Tomato Gazpacho

Tomato Gazpacho

I’m not going to claim to be a very big fan or expert on tomato gazpacho, but it’s one of those delicious recipes that I have full intention of giving a second chance this summer. The ingredients are just so fresh and what could be more healthy than a raw vegetable soup? Paired with some crusty French sourdough and cheese, it’s the perfect summer starter to be enjoyed under the trees in the summer breeze with good friends. Today is one of those days, you just couldn’t imagine bringing something hot to your lips and I can kind of be convince of a delicious cool soup to...

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