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!

Writing 

Get Creative with your BBQ this Summer

July 29, 2020

This article was published in the July 2020 edition of The Opinion Magazine. I just adore cooking and eating outside. The incredibly good weather of late has meant, here at Flavour HQ, that we are doing both a lot more and improving our low and slow cooking game, experimenting with different heat, charcoal and smoke […]

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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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Writing 

Review: The Glass Curtain

January 17, 2020

Twas three nights before Christmas, and Mr Flavour and I palmed off our beloved Springer Spaniel onto our unwitting friends and heading to Cork for a night of food, drink, a Bag O’Cans and a gig in a Church. Rock and Roll! The gig in questions was Beoga, Live at St Lukes, an incredible live […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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News Writing 

How to Have a Brilliant Time in Barcelona!

March 31, 2016

I may be slightly biased but I like to think that I do holidays really well (yes, that may be the sound of distant horns blowing).  Recently Mr Flavour and I set sail to Barcelona for the first time and we had a really great time.  Famed for its shopping and eating opportunities, Barcelona is […]

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The Serious Art of Good Coffee

July 14, 2015

You can’t make an exceptional thing to eat or drink without exceptional ingredients.  But more than that, the finished taste and experience should be in the hands of a skilled artisan.  This is especially so for coffee and a skilled barista.  Any old fool could make a cup of Joe, just the same as anyone […]

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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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Fancy a Brew? Warming the Pot at the West Cork Brewing Company

March 20, 2015

They say the best ideas are generated over a pint with friends. They also say some of the best products were born in a basement or garage. These are universal truths (insert artistic licence here). Imagine then an idea that was first mooted over a pint of mass market commercial beer in a local bar […]

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Recipes Writing 

Tea with Granny

February 18, 2015

Back in mid-December, I lost my Granny.  Not as in “Where did we leave Granny” but rather as in “Gone Forever Granny”.  Just over two months on, and I’m still very much processing the fact that I’ll never see her again.

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