The Flavour Files

I started The Flavour Files in 2012 and have added recipes celebrating our wonderful Irish produce ever since. My recipes show great produce is as much at home on our kitchen tables as on a restaurant menu. It's not just recipes though - there is news, reviews & other writing too!

News 

fEast Cork – a true sense of place

August 23, 2022

fEast Cork returns in 2022 with a stellar food festival line-up this autumn

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News 

Take a Taste Tour this Summer

June 14, 2022

This article appeared in the June 2022 edition of The Opinion magazine.

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Radio & Podcasts 

Podcast & Radio

April 22, 2022

I’m appearing on the airways a little more these days, so I thought it a good idea to collate them all here in this evergreen category for The Flavour Files!

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News 

Summer Foraging in Cork!

April 20, 2022

Written for The Echo newspaper and published on 12th April, learn about some fantastic foraging walks, courses, weekend escapes and lifelong learning courses to unleash your inner forager! Read the full article HERE!

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Writing 

5 Irish Whiskeys for St Patrick’s Day!

March 15, 2022

How to drink them, and what to eat with them, too.

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Planning a visit to West Cork and want the low-down on the best artisan foods in the region? Or maybe just keen to support local food producers? A copy of the Artisan Food Guide will be your invaluable resource, and ideal for planning an independent food adventure of your own too!

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Recipes 

Sweet Potato Soup

February 20, 2022

I first made this soup for my Dad when he was recovering from cancer surgery. It’s simple title belies a tonne of delicious flavour, and good vibes for the healing power of soup.

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Recipes 

Surf Clams with Nduja & Sherry

February 20, 2022

Perhaps one of the best things to come out of the pandemic is that fantastic quality Irish seafood is now more accessible thanks to online fishmongers, like The Gannet in Galway.

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Recipes 

Braised Carrots and Lentils

February 20, 2022

This dish came about as the result of a rummage and came together as a deeply satisfying dish. It just so happens to be dairy and gluten free and vegan friendly too!

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Irish Food Culture - Portfolio of Work 

Deity to Hag. Women, Butter, Folklore, and the Image of Limited Good

February 1, 2022

Reference Number: FL6802-115141319 This essay was written for assessment in the Food, Festival and Folklore module of the Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Food Culture. It was submitted on 4th May, 2021. Question: “Irish folklore, legends and popular beliefs often reveal something of the traditional Gaelic society’s relationship with and understanding of the natural world.” Discuss […]

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Irish Food Culture - Portfolio of Work 

Irish Food Culture – Portfolio of Work

February 1, 2022

Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Food Culture – 2019 – 2021 In 2019, I returned to third level education for the first time in nearly 20 years to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Food Culture at University College Cork. In this category of The Flavour Files, I am publishing for the first time my […]

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Bushmills Causeway Collection

September 30, 2021

I was invited to attend a virtual launch of the second release of two whiskeys from Bushmills Distillery, the oldest Irish whiskey distillery in the world. Read all about the 2011 Sauternes Cask and 1995 Marsala Cask releases here… Following the launch of The Causeway Collection to worldwide acclaim last year, Bushmills® Irish Whiskey is […]

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3 Great Outdoor Dining Experiences for the Weekend!

July 2, 2021

Heading to Cork city this weekend and looking for something new to sink your teeth into? With so many great outdoor dining options in the city, included the much-lauded Prince’s Street transformation and Marina Market, you might be looking to try something else this weekend. I’ve been taking opportunities to pop up to the city […]

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It’s time to Shine!

April 20, 2021

Shines Seafood recently donated 1,000 tins of their new product: Tinned Winter Mackerel, to the charity Inner City Help the Homeless in Dublin. Shines Seafood from Killybegs in Donegal have launched a new range of tinned winter mackerel products. Winter Mackerel is three times higher in Omega 3 fatty acids that Summer Mackerel providing a […]

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143 V Café’s Tips for a Delicious Veganuary!

January 12, 2021

I recently asked 143 V Café for top tips for Vegan lunch on the go for an article. Proprietor Lauren Marples came back with some – and a whole lot more. What couldn’t be used in the article now has a home here! 143 V Café opened in 2017, a diminutive and unfussy space serving […]

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Veganuary Vino!

January 6, 2021

Looking for some excellent quality Vegan-friendly wines this Veganuary? Fionnuala Harkin from Wines Direct and the wonderful Wine Shed gives her top picks for vino-loving vegans this January… Fionnuala is a woman of many talents when it comes to wine! Not only is she a wine merchant for the wonderful Wines Direct, she is also […]

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Recipes 

Hard Milkshakes

December 14, 2020

These milkshakes are strictly for adults only. If, like me, you loved the Cocktail at Home craze of this Covid Year, you’ll adore Hard Milkshakes. Just don’t let the kids near them… A few years ago, I found myself in London by myself for one night. I was going to be spending a couple of […]

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Recipes 

Black Pudding Truffles

November 24, 2020

Rich Black Pudding combined with Irish Black Butter was a mad experiment that turned out delicious. Good for snaffling down with a glass of festive porter. A proper canape! Irish Black Butter isn’t butter at all, but an old Irish tradition that goes back hundreds of years to a time when Armagh was known as […]

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Recipes 

Apple & Caraway Seed Cake

November 24, 2020

While researching for old Christmas cake recipes for an article, I came across lots of mentions of a Caraway Seed Cake that no-one seems to make anymore… So I asked around, and it turns out those who remember it from their childhood never used to like it because of the caraway seeds. One person told […]

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News 

*MEGA-POST* Xmas Gift Guide 2021

November 15, 2020

Need some helpful advice on what foodie gifts are out there this year? Check this out! More will be added regularly so visit often for an ogle! Every year, I’m asked to compile a few Christmas Gift Guides for the various publications I write for, but I am always pressed for space and although I […]

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