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!

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West Cork Women in Business Podcast

July 10, 2020

Earlier this year, I was interviewed by Anna Healy, business coach, for her podcast series on West Cork Women in Business. I love this interview – it really makes me realise how far I’ve come since starting Flavour.ie – both personally and professionally too! Pop the kettle on and access the Podcast here: https://anchor.fm/anna-healy/episodes/For-the-love-of-food–An-interview-with-Kate-Ryan-ee0972

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ProperFood.ie Interview

July 10, 2020

Earlier this year, I was interviewed by Katia Valadeau of ProperFood.ie for her brilliant series “Women of the Irish Food Industry” – thank you Katia for including me! Access the interview here: http://www.properfood.ie/kate-ryan/ Kate Ryan is a woman I admire.I first met Kate Ryan, just like I met Jennifer Opperman, around a table, on a […]

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Recipes worth living for…

June 23, 2020

This post is a review in two parts which I hope to seamlessly merge together into one engaging whole. If you’re coming to this post thinking that there is actually a recipe at the end, prepare to be disappointed, but maybe stick with it anyway because this is a review about one very amazing book […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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