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 

Chocolate Stout Pulled Venison

August 31, 2017

I love autumn – every little colourful part of it. Of all the seasonal changes, summer into autumn is the one that really gets me excited. From chunky knits to the first log fire; blackberry and rosehip picking, apples and pears, pumpkins and game season. It’s simple impossible not to fall in love with it. […]

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Recipes 

Meadowsweet Gin Fizz

August 29, 2017

I’m putting it out there… As much as I love and adore Elderflower, I think it’s time it took a break and laid the way clear for Meadowsweet instead! (stand back and awaits collective intake of breath…) I walk the laneways and boreens around the village where Flavour.ie is headquartered through all kinds of weather […]

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News 

Review: Rob Krawczyk Residency at Glebe Gardens

August 6, 2017

The second we heard award winning chef Rob Krawczyk was back in West Cork with an eight-week residency at the beautiful Glebe Gardens in West Cork, we booked our table. This is my review of a dining experience that is almost impossible to describe, but simply has to be shared. Chefs are a wandering sort […]

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News 

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 2017 – Programme Launch

July 19, 2017

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival launches most cultured and cosmopolitan food Festival to date. Flavour.ie was delighted to be at the launch of the 2017 programme for A Taste of West Cork Food Festival. Every year we all agree the programme is the most ambitious yet, but this year the festival has surpassed […]

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News 

Restaurant Review: BIA, a new tasty mouthful for Bantry

July 16, 2017

If ever there was a food stuff that bonded two countries together so closely, it is the Irish and French adoration of shed loads of butter/buerre. Whether you are still a butter skeptic, a butter convert or sitting firmly on the aluminium rails of the farmgate, there is one universal truth that the epicureans of […]

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Recipes 

Peach, Parma and Raspberry Salad

July 7, 2017

Summer is here – as much “here” as it gets in Ireland anyway! It’s hot, cloudy, heavy and muggy – this weather is the nemesis of my appetite. Where did it go? Who knows… I’m not sure I’m even hungry, but I haven’t eaten in hours. Most afternoons I can be found aimlessly wandering the […]

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News Writing 

My First Book

June 28, 2017

I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to write this blog post. Well, since about mid-November 2016 to be correct. Ever since it properly sank in that I had just been commissioned to write a book. Well, a guide. A guide book. My first book! Having been sworn to a thinly veiled […]

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Recipes 

Celery and Blue Cheese Soup

May 13, 2017

My love of a good bowl of soup is well known by now I should think. I have written a lot about it being the ultimate “bowl food” experience, and because of the myriad flavour combinations, textures and ability to adapt to the changing seasons it is a meal that knows no end to variation. I […]

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Writing 

Something Wot I Wrote

February 22, 2017

Writing about food is not an easy thing to do.  If we can refer to it as a “scene” for a moment; it is peppered with people like the vague-verb-police – you know, the ones who insist that describing something as beautiful or nice is next to useless as a description. The over-reachers who think […]

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News 

Clonakilty – Ireland’s Premier Foodie Town

February 21, 2017

The beautiful and welcoming seaside town of Clonakilty has a reputation for firsts.  The first Fair Trade town in Ireland; Ireland’s first EDEN destination of excellence; the first Cittaslow town in Ireland for celebrating the multiple benefits of slow living and slow food and recently voted the Greatest Town in Europe at the AOU Awards […]

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News 

Review: Irish Peat Wine

February 21, 2017

BT Wines of West Limerick have developed the world’s first Irish Peat Wine.  A unique and innovative wine – and intriguing… Brendan and Trisha, the lifelong friends from West Limerick with a passion for good food and wine, have spent the past few years developing their product – Irish Peat Wine.  It’s a first in […]

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Recipes 

Ultimate Potato and Leek Soup

February 11, 2017

For those who are regular visitors to my recipe blog, you’ll know that I have a soft spot for soup!  To some people, soup is boring – something that comes out of a can and the last vestige of the time pressed. But to me, soup is the Ultimate Bowl Food delivering on all levels: […]

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News 

Flavour.ie Christmas Food 2016 eBook

December 22, 2016

I hope I didn’t leave you waiting too long?  Maybe you’re all set for the big day and you don’t need these for this year (2017 maybe?), or maybe you haven’t a notion and this is just the thing you are looking for!  Either way, I’m sorry to have kept you waiting! Without further ado, […]

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Recipes 

Potato, Leek and Smoked Salmon Baked Galette

December 6, 2016

A few days before I made this recipe, I had a little rant via Facebook Livestream on the vagaries of food labelling and packaging.  It was a very successful broadcast which garnered a lot of interaction and reach – which was great because it’s a topic I feel very strongly about and raising awareness is […]

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Recipes 

Caitlin Ruth’s Baked Squash

November 23, 2016

A couple of weeks’ ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Caitlin Ruth, head chef of Deasy’s Harbour Bar and Restaurant for our local radio station, Clonline Radio (listen to the interview here).  This was the second time I had the chance to interview Caitlin, and as before it was a lot of fun – […]

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Recipes 

Lobster Mac n Cheese

October 13, 2016

I couldn’t tell you how long I had waited and wanted to make this recipe. Mac n Cheese has seen a boom in popularity that, based on absolutely no fact-based proof at all, feels to me to be a result of the explosion of popularity of BBQ restaurants in Ireland.  It’s not the BBQ restaurants […]

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Writing 

Low’n’Slow, Night’n’Day, Rain’n’Wind

August 28, 2016

It was exactly a week ago today that I was starting to experience a noticeable increase of the amount of butterflies in my tummy as I busied myself pulling together the final few bits and pieces before heading to the Celtic Ross Hotel to meet with Ireland’s finest Smoke & Fire chef: John Relihan and […]

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Recipes 

Hake, Turmeric and Coconut Curry

July 21, 2016

If you’ve been keeping a beady eye on the latest fresh food trends, you may notice that fresh turmeric root is starting to become more available.  Most of us have grown up with turmeric as that deep yellow powder with an earthy aroma and an ability to stain anything it touches, forever!  We all know […]

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Recipes 

Lemon, Courgette and Hazelnut Risotto

July 21, 2016

Put up your hand if you’re running out of ideas of what to do with your glut of courgettes?  It’s late July, courgettes are everywhere.  They have been everywhere since about early June, and there’s still August to get through.  You are finding it hard to even give the little buggers away for free.  You’ve […]

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Recipes 

Buttermilk Ice Cream

July 21, 2016

It’s SUMMER!  It might be a bit unpredictable and prone to extreme swings of temperature, but when in Ireland the only thing to do is to roll with it and pretend you’re on the Costa del Blah doing well on gas mark 7. Summer equals ice cream.  End of.  I’ve never bothered to purchase an […]

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News Writing 

Miyazaki – Where Food Meets Art

June 7, 2016

If there’s one downside to living in West Cork, it’s that I’m always last to the party when great places to eat in the City open up!  Cork City may only be a 50 minute drive up the road, but when you’re laid back lifestyle in sleepy West Cork seems to never be that laid […]

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