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!

Recipes 

Celeriac, Kohlrabi & Apple Remoulade

April 8, 2020

Remo-what? I hear you cry… Well, a remoulade is a Danish chop salad or slaw, but takes its flavour notes from earthy, peppery tasting vegetables – usually celeriac. It is also usually creamy and speckled with wholegrain mustard, but in these times of making use of what you’ve got lying around and not travelling to […]

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Squash, Sage & Pork Carbonara

April 6, 2020

Apparently, 6th April is World Carbonara Day, and I’ve just finished reading this wonderful article by Manuela Spinelli of Eurotoques Ireland on the heart pounding merits of a good classic carbonara, and also reminding us that the principle of Italian cuisine is “generally three ingredients that marry together and become a paradise of flavours.” I […]

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Sweet Golden Lassi

February 20, 2020

My love for Lassi knows no bounds. I’d sooner have a Lassi over a milkshake, and of course they can be sweet or salty but always delightful. It is currently Mango season, so I’m getting beautiful mangoes in my organic veg box regularly. And just like pears, rarely do they arrive in perfectly ripe condition, […]

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Brussels & Blue

February 20, 2020

I’m one of those people who adore Brussel Sprouts. Mr Flavour refers to them as The Devil’s Vegetable, a non-compliment he bestows upon Cauliflower – also a favourite vegetable of mine. It’s a wonder how it is we have managed to be together for 20 years to be honest! Frankly, it’s all in the cooking […]

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News 

Food with a Story to Tell…

January 22, 2020

A Food Writing Workshop and Food Tour in West Cork with Dianne Jacob and Kate Ryan … COME WITH US! When: 8th – 11th October 2020 Where: The Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, West Cork, Ireland Early Bird Offer until 31st March 2020 – BOOK TODAY Food with a Story to Tell is a writing workshop […]

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Writing 

Review: The Glass Curtain

January 17, 2020

Twas three nights before Christmas, and Mr Flavour and I palmed off our beloved Springer Spaniel onto our unwitting friends and heading to Cork for a night of food, drink, a Bag O’Cans and a gig in a Church. Rock and Roll! The gig in questions was Beoga, Live at St Lukes, an incredible live […]

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Recipes 

Aubergine, Tomato & Halloumi

December 14, 2019

I can’t tell you how much I love this dish! I sometimes exchange the cheese for homemade Kofte, but using Macroom Buffalo Haloumi is a really great substitute for a Meat Free feast! There are a few elements to this dish, but actually if you follow the sequence in the method, you’ll find that it’ll […]

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Kale & Pumpkin Orecchiette

December 14, 2019

I made this recipe back in September just as the autumn was starting to make an appearance in earnest. And, despite it taking me a solid three months to get it up on the blog, thankfully all the flavours are still as relevant as we head into the end of one year and the beginning […]

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Recipes 

Slow Braised Beef Cheeks

December 13, 2019

One of the absolute joys of recent years is discovering the wonder of slow cooked beef and pork cheeks! Probably even five years ago, it might not be something we would choose to eat, but with the growing popularity in nose to tail eating and cooking, offal and many rediscovering how lovely slow cooking is […]

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News 

Goldie Delicious

December 12, 2019

Let’s talk about new powerhouse restaurant in Cork: Goldie Fish & Ale… This is some of the most exciting food to grace Cork for a while: if not for the exceptional culinary inventiveness of 25 year old head chef Aishling Moore, or the deliciously friendly front of house service from a dedicated, highly motivated and […]

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News 

Chin-Chin Chinnery!

November 25, 2019

You can almost smell the scene of mulled wine and mince pies in the air, can’t you? Well, if like me, Christmas is your favourite time of the year for food, drink and general merriment, you’re probably already on the way to finalising your plans for an incredible Christmas Day Feast! I wonder though, do […]

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Recipes 

Clonakilty Veggie Pudding Falafel & Pickles

September 19, 2019

#AD Have you heard the news? Now there’s a Clonakilty Pudding for Veggies…and it’s seriously yum! In my second original recipe in collaboration with Clonakilty Food Co., I got to experiment with their brand new Pudding to add to their Black and White range. Clonakilty Veggie Pudding delivers on texture, flavour and versatility, just like […]

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Recipes 

Totally Tropical Cake

September 12, 2019

I’m not big into drinking fizzy soda’s. I still think of them as a treat, a throwback to my childhood days when fizzy drinks were always considered a treat reserved for birthdays and Christmas. But the one fizzy drink that I do hanker after, even as a should-know-better adult, is Lilt. With it’s “Totally Tropical […]

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Glazed Autumn Berry Pudding & Meadowsweet Cream

September 7, 2019

A couple of years ago, I started experimenting with Meadowsweet – a wild plant festooned with flowers that have a honey-like aroma that blooms in late summer and into early autumn. My first foray was to make Meadowsweet Cordial with it, and since then it has supplanted Elderflower Cordial, superior as it is in pretty […]

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Clonakilty Black Pudding Soil, Tomato & Rhubarb Chutney, Green Chicory

August 22, 2019

#AD Clonakilty Black Pudding is versatile & delicious to eat any time of the day! Over the next few weeks, in collaboration with Clonakilty Food Co, I will be releasing three new original recipes using products from the Clonakilty Pudding range to showcase just how versatile this traditional meat can be – starting with this […]

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A Bread & Butter Pudding Fit For (My) Dad…

June 14, 2019

Sibling rivalry – it can either bother you or spur you on. I prefer my rivalries (not that I have, well, any really) to spur me on. I recently turned the page on another year in the life of me (41, in case you were wondering), and although there are few things in life that […]

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Something for the weekend…

March 8, 2019

There were whispers about things of beauty being brewed and bottled in West Cork; things of a very adult nature indeed. Made to majestically pair with crafted spirits, but equally good on their own as a grown up tipple. This is the world of Fintan’s – Small Batch Botanicals Handcrafted in West Cork. Pamela Weaver […]

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News 

Liss Ard – the gem of gems in West Cork

February 22, 2019

There are many things I love doing with my down time: walking, eating great food, relaxing, playing with my dog, Buddy. I also love heading away for a spontaneous nights away in a lovely hotel to escape the everyday. As a committed dog parent, spontaneity isn’t always possible; because, like any responsible parent, we have […]

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News 

New Seasonal Prix Fixe Menu at Orso

November 9, 2018

Orso, tucked away on Pembroke Street in the heart of Cork city, is a restaurant that’s always on the “to go to” list for locals, and a delight to have stumbled upon as a first time visitor. Small but perfectly formed, Orso has never been afraid to bring something new and authentic to the discerning […]

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Spooky Hallowe’en Feast for all the Family!

October 26, 2018

I know, I know: Hallowe’en is “just for the kids”, but I know that we adults love it just as much as the little ones do! So I got to thinking, aside from the excitement of dressing up as ghouls and ghosts and heading out into the frosty night to go trick or treating, how […]

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News 

Imperial by name, Imperial by nature

August 15, 2018

For Corkonians, there is one place in our City (recently voted 3rd friendliest city in the world too, by the way), that captures our hearts more than any other. Maybe it’s because it has been part of the Cork City landscape for long; maybe it’s the Parisian feel of La Fayettes Cafe or the sumptuous […]

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