Dried Fruit Salad

Dried fruit salad with yogurt cream topping

Dried fruits are readily available in my pantry coming up to the holidays, and I love to use a mixture of raisins, prunes, dried apricots and cranberries to create a dried fruit salad that’s just as delicious for breakfast as it is for dessert. I soak a mixture of chopped dried fruits in tea, just […]

Apple Crumble – Perfect Farm Wife Style

Irish Apple Crumble

Have you ever wondered what Irish farmer’s like to eat? Pondered over the dishes that make rural Ireland tick. Dreamed of creating a feast fit for a farmer? Well today we’re going to explore a new book where you’ll find answers to all these mouth-watering questions, and we’ll delve into a big bowl of Irish […]

The Most Cups Of Tea Poured In An Hour

A big golden teapot

This week at the Irish Ploughing Championships a world record has been broken. A very important world record, mind you. The Guinness Book of Records for the Most Cups of Tea Poured in an Hour now rests with the Irish. A fitting home for such a prestigious honor. As you know, we Irish love our […]

Barbecues In Ireland And The Big Grill Festival

When I was a little girl in Dublin I never laid eyes on a barbecue. Burgers were fried in a skillet on the stove top, and grilled sausages were actually broiled.  It wasn’t until I came to America that I tasted the glories of the grill, savored the depth of flavor a good BBQ sauce […]

Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs On Toast

Scrambled egg and smoked salmon

Scrambled eggs – a trusty breakfast staple in any Irish or American kitchen. Today we’re taking scrambled eggs to a whole new level of deliciousness by adding a little taste of the Atlantic or the Pacific. Smoked salmon and scrambled egg is a supreme breakfast combo in my Irish recipe book. Slivers of smoked salmon […]

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Chocolate Biscuit Cake made with graham crackers and animal crackers

Chocolate biscuit cake, also called tiffin cake, is a favorite in Irish coffee shops and restaurants.  Made with chocolate and crumbled digestive and rich tea biscuits, it’s a perfect cake for summer. No need to turn the oven on. Melting chocolate is all the “cooking” required, and it can be stored in the refrigerator to […]

Easy Summertime Strawberry Mousse Dessert

Strawberries and cream layered dessert

Summertime is berry time, and strawberries are some of my favorite summer berries. I love to whip up this delicious, easy strawberry mousse dessert for a summer treat. No bake desserts are best for hot summer days and this one is cool, and refreshing served straight from the refrigerator. No cooking, no baking, only cleaning […]

Bring Me Back A Rock!

A stick of rock! Who remembers these tubes of hardened sugar, we savored as kids.  In Ireland these traditional, cylindrical, boiled sweets were usually dyed pink and white, or sometimes festooned in our patriotic colors of green, white and orange. When a friend or relative was heading to the beach, or seaside as we say […]

Simnel Cake For Easter

Simnel cake is a traditional Easter cake baked in Ireland and throughout the British Isles. A rich fruity cake, it has a layer of almond paste baked into the middle and is covered with a thick layer of toasted almond icing. A circle of marzipan balls decorate the top. The history, origins and symbolism of […]

Cheesy Seafood Bake

Firm white fish pairs deliciously with shrimp when baked in a creamy cheese casserole.  Seafood cheese bake is a favorite Irish recipe, and here’s my version of this traditional dish. When my mom cooked a seafood bake she liked to use cod and was not a big fan of shrimp or prawns as they are […]

Ireland Is Not Just About Potatoes Anymore

When I departed Ireland for the United States in the late 1980’s, I left behind a monocultural society. In the early part of the new millennium over half a million plus immigrants moved to my homeland, and with them they brought a new vibrancy, cultural flair, diversity and a variety of new foods and recipes.  […]