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 

Sage Butter Roasted Pheasant, Duchess Potatoes and Cranberry and Blood Orange Sauce

February 18, 2015

This recipe is part of my “Tea with Granny” blog post on my Flavour Favourites blog. I’d love it if you could give that post a read as well please – thank you!

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Recipes 

Pea and Ham Hock Puree with Seared Scallops

February 18, 2015

This recipe is part of my “Tea with Granny” blog post on my Flavour Favourites blog.  I’d love it if you could give that post a read as well please – thank you!

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News 

Flavour Supper Club – Savoury Cooking with Chocolate, February 2015

February 11, 2015

Who doesn’t like chocolate? For many of us a weakness for the brown stuff usually results in heading for a sugary bar of milk chocolate to quickly satify an impulsive craving. But how about looking at chocolate in a different way?

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Recipes 

Warm Salad of Pear, Walnuts and Molasses Cured Baltimore Pig Bacon, Mustard Leaves and a Savoury Dark Chocolate, Rosemary and Sea Salt Sauce

February 9, 2015

I have been asked to submit a couple of sweet/savoury tapas for an upcoming event where Clonakilty Chocolate will be launching their new bean-to-bar chocolate range (5th March…get your tickets here!). Following on from the success of my Savoury Cooking with Chocolate Supper Club in February I was feeling very much up to the challenge! […]

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Recipes 

Chocolate, Fruit and Nut Cookies

January 24, 2015

Making cookies is such a satisfying thing to do! They take virtually no time or effort to make, fill the house with delicious smells while they are cooking and provide you with a biscuit tin full of tasty goodies for the whole family for however long they last!

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News 

From Ghana to Clonakilty to You – with Love

January 18, 2015

The wonderful thing about food is that everyday is a chance to learn something new. For instance, who knows the difference between a Chocolatier and a Chocolate Maker?

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Recipes 

Cha Cha Cha Chilli

January 14, 2015

Who doesn’t love a bit of chilli? Beef chilli, bean chilli, veg chilli – I just can’t resist the warm hug of chilli. Something so simple that packs a whack of flavour is always a sure fire hit with me, and, like a curry, gets better the second day too which makes for awesome left […]

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News 

A Full House at Dunowen for Supper

January 2, 2015

The 17th December 2014 will be one of those “remember where you were dates” that will stay with me for many, many years to come. For my talented friend, Diana Dodog, it marked the beginning of a period of time at the end of an amazing year for her which saw her win Irish Masterchef […]

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Recipes 

Christmas Feasting Inspiration from Flavour HQ!

December 20, 2014

I can almost hear the sleigh bells ringing at this stage! The kids have broken up from school; many many mistakes have been made I am sure following on from the invasion of the annual office party into every city, town and village and people are starting to lose their temper at the supermarket as […]

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News 

First Ever Flavour Supper Club – Success!

December 18, 2014

Sometimes you just have to stop prevaricating and just do it! This is what happened with the Supper Club. I was as excited about hosting my supper club as I was nervous about actually doing it! In the end, I chose the second to last Saturday in November to go for it. I hand invited […]

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Recipes 

Shepherd’s Pie with Celeriac Mash

December 1, 2014

It’s just turned the 1st of December, and nature has acknowledged this fact by making it cold and damp. Great. The heating is now on and the deflating of the chimney balloon so we can light the first fire of the season cannot be too far away now. And thus, thoughts turn towards seasonal comfort […]

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Recipes 

Wild Venison Pie

November 25, 2014

It’s here! It’s here! Finally, it’s game season! What a treat this food season is. Getting your hands on good quality wild game meats is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but to persevere is to be rewarded with food fit for a King!

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News 

Warm Welcomes and Great Food at Blairs Cove House and Restaurant

November 14, 2014

About three years ago, my husband booked a table at Blairs Cove Restaurant as a surprise for my birthday. As far as meals go, I chalk it down as one of my favourites ever. As far as memories go, I’ve been wanting to go back and experience it all over again.

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Recipes 

Poached Pear Frangipane Tart with Chocolate Ganache and Salted Caramel Ice Cream

November 12, 2014

I don’t make deserts too often, frankly because it’s not where my comfort zone lies in cooking terms. But, saying that, I have a very powerful sweet tooth, and that makes me somewhat an expert when in comes to knowing what will taste amazing when it comes to deserts.

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Recipes 

Green and Gold “Be Well” Soup

November 10, 2014

What I eat and when has always been well influenced by seasonal produce. Obviously, personal choice is a large factor in this, but I have always been a firm believer in listening to your body and it will tell you what it needs. Our lives these days are so busy, hectic and cluttered with stuff […]

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Recipes 

Squash and Beetroot Tops Curry

October 29, 2014

There’s always something lurking in your fridge that, given a bit of thought, can be turned into a really tasty meal! Regularly, I carry out something I like to refer to as a “Fridge Audit” where I go through everything and see what I can use up rather than throw out. I hate waste and […]

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Roasted Beetroot, Chilli and Fennel Seed Soup

October 22, 2014

All hail praise to the humble beetroot! What you can’t do with a beetroot can be written on the back of a postage stamp! It’s funny, because only up until a relatively short time ago (say 10 years ago) I could genuinely say that the only time I ever ate beetroot was pickled from a […]

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Recipes 

Chroizo and Chickpea Stew

October 16, 2014

Yes! It is finally perfectly acceptable to start eating stews again! Sometimes it’s the only thing you want to eat during the week but as we all know, stews that require meat such as beef or lamb take a long time to cook and always taste better if made the day before – just like […]

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Recipes 

Pumpkin, Sage and Smoked Garlic Risotto

October 13, 2014

Shut your eyes for a moment and think of autumn. What do you see? I see fall colours and pumpkins and squashes and right now we are in the middle of squash season and I love it!

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Recipes 

Ginger Cake, Caramelised Banana and No-Churn Coconut Ice Cream

October 8, 2014

Puddings…don’t you just LOVE them! I frequently try to convince myself when I’m in a restaurant that a pudding is not as important as that really tasty sounding starter, and that it really is doing me good by only having two courses instead of three. But I am my mothers’ daughter and invariably even if […]

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Recipes 

Orzo Pasta, Nasturtium Leaf Pesto, Pan Fried Chicken and Garlic and Greek Basil Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes

October 6, 2014

Orzo pasta is so versatile. It has a great texture in the mouth and is a great pasta for coating with sauces as it covers well and doesn’t clump together like rice would. For this recipe I used a pesto that I came across while wandering and meandering through the Clonakilty farmers market one Friday.

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