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 

One Hour Spaghetti Bolognese with Courgette, Lemon and Chilli Salad

March 20, 2015

Everyone has their own way of making a spaghetti bolognese don’t they? Whether it’s the Italian traditional method of making a slow cooked ragu from bones and marrow, a recipe passed down through the generations or out of a ready mix jar we all have our ways of making what has become almost a staple […]

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Veg Accompaniments for a Summery Roast Dinner

March 20, 2015

As summer approaches, us Irish and Brits are faced with important food dilemmas like: is it too hot outside for a roast dinner or, how rainy does it have to be exactly before you have to abandon the BBQ?!   Well, in relation to the traditional Sunday roast I say to you: it is never […]

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Jason’s Irish Soda Bread

March 20, 2015

There is nothing more comforting that the aroma of fresh bread floating through the house. No, scrap that, there is – that would be the taste of freshly baked bread out of the oven covered in lashings of butter!

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News Writing 

Probably where it all began…

March 20, 2015

I was gutted that I didn’t have the nerve to get up on the platform and tell everyone there about my first cookbook and how it probably was where my love of cooking first began. But then it occurred to me that I could just as easily tell everyone about my first cookbook from the […]

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Recipes 

Super Quick & Tasty Chicken Goujons

March 20, 2015

Mondays hey….who’d have ’em? Well it turns out no matter what, there’s no avoiding them so we may as well just tackle them head on!   I am always looking for something tasty and quick to eat on a Monday, mainly because my tastebuds are still hungover from the weekend but I generally am lacking […]

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Tumbler Desert #1 – Peach & Strawberry, Amaretto & Cream

March 20, 2015

It’s amazing what you’ll come up with when you really want something sweet for after a mid-week dinner but you want it to be quick, tasty and naughty enough that you feel as though you really have had a treat! It was in this vein of thought that I started creating various different “Tumbler Deserts” […]

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Recipes 

My Mum’s “Not Very Macaroni Cheese” Macaroni Cheese

March 20, 2015

I spent most of my childhood arguing with people that macaroni cheese wasn’t in fact just macaroni pasta and cheese sauce. Vehemently did I protest that there was meat in it and something calle “rattatoo-ee”, whatever the hell that was. It wasn’t until I was well into my 20’s that I had my first taste […]

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Recipes 

Green & White Veg & Goats Cheese Soup

March 20, 2015

Soup is great, isn’t it! It’s the perfect way of getting rid of any left over bits in your fridge whilst at the same time give you a realy boost of vitamins and flavour. They can be as gourmet, comforting, zen, healthy (or not) as you choose them to be! The recipe below came as […]

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Beetroot and Feta Salad

March 20, 2015

This is a lovely summery salad that accompanies BBQ meats and fish equally well. It’s really quick and simple to put together but tastes aromatic from the fennel seed and zingy from the chilli. There is a very obvious nod to the greek and turkish food traditions here.   Ingredients (serves 4-6 as an accompaniement):1 […]

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What to do with Leftover BBQ Sausages?

March 20, 2015

We’ve all been there…a great BBQ was had by all, but there was too much food bought/brought and nobody ate as much as they thought they could handle, and as a result you have been left with a load of cooked sausages. What to do with them? There’s only so many sausage sandwiches one can […]

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News 

Allison and the Chocolate Factory

March 20, 2015

There are many lovely things about living in West Cork.  As a food-obsessed “blow-in” all my Christmases come at once living here, every day of the year! So imagine my utter delight to hear how Allison Roberts, founder and master chocolatier of Clonakilty Chocolate ( www.clonakiltychocolate.com ), was launching a crowd-funding initiative to open the […]

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News 

Street Feast 2014 : Waking up a Sleepy Village

March 20, 2015

Last Sunday 15th June 2014 was national Street Feast day. Local communities and groups coming together for a couple of hours one Sunday afternoon as a way of reconnecting in a fun and relaxing way with their immediate neighbours. We are all guilty of it I am sure. Too busy and caught up in the […]

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News 

Oh, Give me a Home Where the Buffalo Roam

March 20, 2015

Sometimes I get a whimsical thought in my head and when I do I hop in my car and off I drive. I always have a destination in mind, but I’m never particularly bothered about how long I’m going to be or what route I’ll take to get there. I figure that there may be […]

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Recipes 

Warm Smoked Duck, Pomegranate and Carrot Salad

March 20, 2015

Summer equals salads. But then it rains a bit, and the wind starts coming from the North. But then the sun comes out again and its 100% humidity. The weather doesn’t know what it’s doing and it makes you feel like you’re not quite sure whether you should be eating something to cool you down […]

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Green Gooseberry and Elderflower Compote

March 20, 2015

As a child, I was lucky enough to grow up in a household where we made the best possible use of our garden. This included quite a large fruit and vegetable garden that was about 50ft long by the width and a little bit more of our 1950’s end of terrace house. This meant that […]

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Posh Sarnies – Part 2: The Waldorf

March 20, 2015

Welcome back to the world’s shortest series on posh sarnies!   If Part 1 was an assemblage requiring very little effort, then Part 2 sits firmly at the other end of the spectrum. This heavenly mouthful takes all the classic components of the Waldorf Salad and turns it into a lovely open sandwich which would […]

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Posh Sarnies – Part 1: The West Cork Pastra-Ham-i Sambo

March 20, 2015

I LOVE a good sandwich – really I do. Doesn’t matter what the filling is really as long as it’s interesting. I’m not really a cheese and tomato kind of gal unless its uber fresh mozarella on sunblushed tomatoes with basil and balsamic vinegar on a toasted artisan ciabatta. Pretentious I know, but I think […]

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Gooseberry and Elderflower Jam

March 20, 2015

It’s all been about the gooseberries these past couple of weeks!

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Asian Jerk Chicken and Veggie Soba Salad

March 20, 2015

I do love a bit of jerk chicken – hot, spicy and aromatic, but I am also a lover of asian flavours especially as they are also hot, spicy and aromatic! And so, why can’t you make jerk chicken with asian flavours instead?

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Recipes 

Perfect Pavlova with “Decide As You Go” Toppings

March 20, 2015

I make Pavlova quite a bit in our house, mainly because it’s my husbands favourite desert and for me, any opportunity to eat something slathered in whipped cream is all good in my book!

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Recipes 

Tumbler Desert #2 – Plum Peach & Orange with Custard and Whipped Cream

March 20, 2015

It’s time for another Tumbler Desert everyone! Yes, you thought I’d forgotten about them, but deserts are thin on the ground whilst I’m working through my 6 week 5:2 reboot programme!   Ingredients (serves 2):Two small handful of amaretti biscuits.Small slug of Cointreau liquer.A single square of Green & Blacks Maya Gold (spiced orange and […]

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