Dublin – Brother Hubbard brunch

This restaurant has two branches, one South and one North of the river.  We visited the North restaurant for brunch on Monday and the place was packed! The chef behind Brother Hubbard’s Turkish and Middle Eastern influences created anything but a standard brunch menu. Being as greedy as I am in my ambition to try…

Dublin – Beshoff Bros

I spotted a few of these restaurants in Dublin. Beshoff Bros brands itself as a fish and chips store and the take away stores in Dublin have a very clean and trendy interior. We decided to visit this place for lunch on our day trip to Howth. What we got was so much more than take away fish…

Dublin – Queen of Tarts

We spotted this place while walking through the centre of Dublin, located just opposite the City Hall. The liveliness of the café was a good sign of how popular this place was, but don’t be scared off by this. If there is no space in the restaurant there is a second branch just round the…

Dublin – Murphy’s ice cream

This place was recommended to us for its original ice cream flavours and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The moment we walked in we were greeted by friendly staff who offered us a sample of as many flavours as we wanted to try. Their most original flavour seems to be the Sea Salt which was popular…

Dublin – Jo’Burger

Jo’Burgers serves the biggest burgers ever, with plenty of toppings to tickle the tastebuds. We visited the Jo’Burger Town restaurant in central Dublin. The menu has 20 options of burger styles and you choose the burger patty you would like separately. I went with the Ikqezi option: caramelized chilli banana, bacon & goats cheese, with a veggie burger base…

Dublin – The Rolling Donut

This shop’s speciality is sourdough donuts with an amazing variety of toppings, including bacon, as well as a red velvet (cake) donut. I went for a donut topped with crushed pistachio – really yummy. The sourdough gives it a very fluffy but airy texture. There is a store as well as a number of kiosks…

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

From reading my soup posts you will soon realise that most of the recipes I cook and share with you fall in one category – creamy and smooth. I know a lot of people like a variety of chunky or smooth soups but I typically stick to any soup I can blend. Any mention of cream in a…

Black pepper caramelised pork

This is one of my favourite recipes and I have been making this dish over and over (which I don’t often do in my search for new food) ever since I became interested in cooking! I found the recipes in the Waitrose Kitchen magazine (November 2013 edition p49). The recipe is by street food vendors…

Toad in the hole

This is a classic recipe, courtesy of BBC Good Food and it’s so easy to make. We love to serve it with a side of mashed potatoes mixed with a spoon of whole grain mustard, and lots of gravy!

Steam buns with pulled pork

Carnitas Steamed Buns – This recipe comes from Tasty. It suggested a very interesting way of steaming the buns which anyone can try even if you don’t have a steamer (although investing in one is much easier!) The video goes through the ingredients quite quickly so I suggest being ready to pause. Tip: You can…

Scallops, quinoa and apple salad with butternut squash puree

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it’s from a blog called ‘A Thought for Food.net‘. The chef behind the recipe’s picture looked so appetising I decided to make this for a special occasion dinner on Valentine’s Day.  The end product was delicious and all the different flavours of the garlic butter, apples and butternut…

Chambord Black Rasberry Liqueur

I first read about this French liqueur in the Waitrose drinks catalogue advertised as an ingredient for a cocktail (Rasberry prosseco cocktail). When I found it in the shop I was pleasantly surprised to see a 20cl bottle was priced at only £6 and bought a bottle as an addition to my cocktail table. The…