Here’s how to make Boxty

We Irish are very inventive with our potatoes. One of the most traditional ways to eat them, especially in the border counties, is boxty.  Boxty is a potato pancake which is basically fried grated potato. This is a very forgiving recipe. The soapier the potato, the better! It’s our version of a rosti and it’s … Read more…

The Perfect Irish Potato Bread Recipe

This traditional Irish griddle bread has humble origins. It is just as happy with some sausage and bacon as it is pimped up for a dinner party with smoked salmon and sour cream.   Potato bread Makes 8 pieces 500g mashed potato (seasoned with salt, pepper and mashed with butter) 50 g plain flour ¼ … Read more…

Cocoa Bean Hot Chocolate Their Way

LOVE this range

We love this company’s products. They’re based in the beautiful Ring of Kerry near the Skellig Islands. They know their chocolate and how to prepare it. So when you get yours in your Flavor Box, here’s what to do! 1. Heat your milk in a saucepan (about 200ml, or a mugful, per serving) 2. Add … Read more…

Chocolate Beetroot Cake for Thanksgiving

Dense, moist and one of your 5 a day!

Chocolate and Beetroot Cake 50g (2oz) cocoa powder (We like Cocoa Bean Company) 175g (6oz) plain flour 1½tsp baking powder 200g (7oz) caster sugar 250g cooked beetroot 3 medium eggs 200ml (7fl oz) sunflower oil 100g (3½oz) dark chocolate, finely chopped icing sugar to dust   Preheat the oven to Gas 4, 180°C, fan160°C. Grease … Read more…

Five things you didn’t know about Irish Coffee

It was invented by a Joe Sheridan in Foynes in the West of Ireland in the 1930s, as a way to liven up air passengers who had just spent 24 hours crossing the Atlantic. The cream floating on the top was meant to mimic Guinness. Adding sugar helps the cream to float. (It makes the … Read more…

The Ultimate Irish Lamb Stew

This is as traditional as it gets. It’s a simple marriage of lamb, potatoes, carrots and onions. The trick is to slow-cook and let all the ingredients get to know each other. You can add celery or leave it out. It tastes even better the next day and freezes brilliantly, so why not make double? … Read more…