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 

Rhubarb Ocean Gin Martini

July 17, 2018

Thanks to our never ending summer there is still loads of rhubarb knocking about, and this is probably one of the nicest ways to partake in it. This cocktail recipe was inspired by the Rhubarb Martini that my friend and all-round awesome chef, Caitlin Ruth, makes as Deasy’s Restaurant in the tiny village of Ring […]

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News 

ichigo ichie – the story of a once in a lifetime experience

April 27, 2018

Something magical happens when you sit down to dine with Takashi Miyazaki. It happened the first time I visited his eponymous restaurant, Miyazaki, on my birthday a couple of years ago, and it happened again last week when we sat at the Kappou counter of his new fine-dining restaurant ichigo ichie. For me, this is […]

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Recipes 

Rhubarb & Orange Crumble

April 23, 2018

Who doesn’t love a crumble? Is it one of the most comforting and versatile of all puddings. But whatever about the fruit, it is getting a good crumble topping that can make it or break it. No one, and I mean no one, wants a soggy crumble. Likewise, if it’s likely to knock out half […]

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Recipes 

Lamb and Rhubarb Khoresh

April 23, 2018

OK, so bear with me. Lamb and rhubarb might not be two ingredients that you automatically would put together, but trust me it’s an amazing thing! I came across this ingredient pairing back in 2015 when I was still running my supper club from home, and I wanted to design a menu that was all […]

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News 

Beara Distillery – 9 reasons to fall in love with Beara Ocean Gin

April 17, 2018

There are some car journeys that are a pleasure to undertake. One of my favourites is heading out towards the stunning Beara Peninsula in West Cork. Stunning ocean views, rugged mountains and windblown fields dotted with weather worn animals and traditional farmsteads. The winding roads force you to slow down, enjoy the view; enjoy the […]

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Recipes 

Buttermilk Baked Crispy Chicken

April 13, 2018

Put your hands up if you love crispy, crunchy, spicy chicken wings? One of my favourite things to eat mostly as an act of undignified indulgence, but I’m usually left with Eaters Remorse afterwards for the oil slick that they usually come in, or the overbearing sickly sweet sauces. So I decided to give my […]

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News 

North County San Diego Food & Drink Travel Guide

April 10, 2018

California has long been synonymous with a healthy living and great food.  If it’s local, organic and hand made the Californians will embrace it wholeheartedly.  But forget the big cities – the ‘burbs is where great food is happening, and none more so that the exploding and vibrant foodie culture in North County San Diego […]

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News 

Skibbereen Food & Drink Guide

April 10, 2018

Venture west my friend, and you shall find such things to eat… I’ll admit, I’m a tiny bit biased when it comes to West Cork food.  I can’t help it; it’s where I live, where I call home and, for all the allure of Big City Living, there is simply nothing better than returning to […]

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News 

Kinsale Food and Drink Guide

April 10, 2018

I moved to Ireland 13 years ago, and was visiting for many a year before that. Even in those heady days of my earliest culinary adventures I had heard, seen and tasted the proof of Kinsale’s reputation for being the “gourmet capital of Ireland.”  This article was first published on TheTaste.ie in July 2016. It […]

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News 

Clonakilty Food & Drink Travel Guide – From Brewery Town to Foodie Town

April 10, 2018

Clonakilty is a town that is well rehearsed in the traditional Irish Céad Míle Fáilte. If the town had a middle name it would be ‘Welcome’. Blessed by both its position to the Atlantic Coast and award winning Inchydoney Beach, the rolling verdant hills peppered with happy cows, Clonakilty is a place that’s more than […]

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Writing 

Unfairly Traded

April 10, 2018

Fair Trade products shifted the stratosphere of shoppers throughout the EU during the first half of the 2000’s. Sainsbury’s, among others, have redacted their commitment to the project. What does this mean for farmers and communities across the globe? Kate Ryan of flavour.ie investigates. This article was published on Headstuff.org in August 2017 Unfairly Traded In […]

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Writing 

Zero Grazing – a step towards feedlots?

April 10, 2018

Hooray – Irish milk and butter is in high demand around the world for its exceptional flavour, quality and nutrient value. Could the fact that Irish butter is now readily available to buy in the UAE be a panacea for Brexit? This article was published on Headstuff.org in February 2018 https://www.headstuff.org/science/zero-grazing-a-step-towards-feedlots/  Maybe. But how does […]

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News 

Launch of Cocoa Husk Tea by Exploding Tree

March 1, 2018

I was delighted to be asked to work with Allison Roberts, founder of Clonakilty Chocolate, on a new product launch and rebranding project. In February, Allison launched her Cocoa Husk Tea under the new brand Exploding Tree. I absolutely love everything that Allison is about – her enthusiasm and energy is to be seen to […]

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Writing 

For the Love of Custard

March 1, 2018

There are few things that set my heart racing as much as custard. Yes, I am sure that the heightened velocity of my heart rate isn’t a sign of increasing levels of cholesterol, thank you very much. No, rather there is no other edible item I choose to indulge in that gives rise to feelings […]

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Recipes 

Carrot, Radicchio, Orange and Ricotta Salad

February 24, 2018

I’m starting to really appreciate bitter vegetables. It started on the lead up to Christmas last with chicory and doesn’t see any sign of receding. Bitter is a taste that is only just started to be explored in more detail. I have a theory that our curiosity with bitter flavours has been piqued only because […]

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Recipes 

Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

February 24, 2018

My first ever contact with Blood Oranges was many, many years ago as a child. I didn’t understand what they were, why they were different from ‘normal’ oranges and of course, putting the word ‘blood’ before ‘orange’ is one sure fire way to put small kids off eating these. So I didn’t, or maybe I […]

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News 

Indulgent No Churn Banana Ice Cream Sandwich

January 14, 2018

Ice cream should be eaten all year round, it’s just a question of matching the flavours to the season! This recipe is a tiny bit awesome, but it won’t be for anyone that doesn’t like a powerful taste of banana. It is really simple to make which is the good news. The even better news […]

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Writing 

2017…that was the year that was

January 9, 2018

I owe this post to Fiona Uyema. This morning, she shared a post on Facebook of a letter written by a 27 year old Australian woman terminally ill with cancer. Not many things make me want to burst out into tears but this one did. Sentiments obviously resonate with people differently at different times. But […]

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Recipes 

Tidings of Joy! It’s the 2017 Flavour.ie FREE Christmas eBOOK!

December 11, 2017

We have been putting together for you a Christmas eBook for the last 3 years’ but this years is a little different! Click here to access 2016 and 2015 editions… Instead of me bombarding you with recipes for new ways with Brussel Sprouts, I have decided to focus on things we can Slurp & Sip […]

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Recipes 

Banana Pancakes

October 22, 2017

I have made more pancakes since May of this year than I have in my entire life! This isn’t a complaint though – merely stating a fact based on the fantastic response received to the Eggsellent Breakfasts initiative that I launched this year alongside Caroline Murphy of West Cork Eggs and Alison Kingston, a health […]

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Recipes 

No-Bake Cheesecake with Bilberry Compote

September 1, 2017

“I’m not really a fan of baked cheesecakes, if I’m being honest.” Mr Flavour and I have been in each other’s pockets for 17 years. He’s repeated this refrain at least once a year, and yet I have never made anything other than baked cheesecakes. He eats them because he loves me, but really all […]

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