All posts filed under: breakfast/brunch

Nutella and Pumpkin French Toast Roll-ups

“The 12-step chocoholics program: Never be more than 12 steps away from chocolate!” ~ Terry Moore I know, I know! Pumpkin in June! It sounds crazy but when you get a craving – you get a craving! And, I’m not the only mad one in my family – my mother has requested a pumpkin pie for her birthday which is at the end of the month. Thankfully, what with our local Tesco having tins of pumpkin available all year round, indulging in the yumminess that is that autumn vegetable is easily sorted. The following recipe is an idea I’ve been playing around with for a while. Of course, it was mostly inspired by the wonderful Jhuls @The Not So Creative Cook and her amazing French Toast Nutella Roll-ups (a firm favourite with my two little helpers) but also by a memory of one Thanksgiving a long time ago. I was in college at the time and I was visiting my family in Omaha. My cousin, Bets, was making cheesecake for the dinner later on that …

French Toast Roll-ups: Nutella, Cream Cheese and Fruity Goodness

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but Nutella and shoes seem to run a close second. ~ David Alejandro Fearnhead I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here! It was always one of my favourite holidays growing up as we always got the Thursday and Friday off school. This wasn’t/isn’t a typical occurrence in Dublin, but thanks to having an American Mam made a lovely difference to our  winter term.  I remember how jealous my fellow-students would be when we would swan out on Wednesday evening for a nice long weekend. It was even better when my sisters and I were in boarding school (not as interesting as it sounds!) as we usually only came home every other Friday night, arriving very late and leaving fairly early on a Sunday, as in those days there weren’t many trains on a Sunday and we had at least a 4 hour journey ahead of us. So, when we got to come home on a Wednesday night (and I think one year at least on a Tuesday night), it made …

Fionn McCumhail and the Salmon Blue Cheese Egg Muffins

“A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea.”

~Irish Saying

One of my favourite Irish legends is the story about Fionn McCumhail (pronounced Finn McCool) and the Salmon of Knowledge. In this legend, Fionn was the apprentice to a very wise poet who had been trying to catch the salmon of knowledge for years. It was said that whoever ate this salmon would have all the wisdom and knowledge in the world. One day, while Fionn was still living with Finnegas, Finnegas finally caught the salmon. He gave the fish to Fionn to cook, admonishing him to not eat any. When Fionn brought him the cooked fish, he noticed something different about the boy. The salmon had gotten a blister whilst cooking, and Fionn had popped it burning his thumb in the process. He had then sucked his thumb and consequently, without this knowledge, had gained the wisdom of the salmon. Finnegas realised that Fionn was the one who had fulfilled the prophecy and so he ordered the boy to eat the remainder of the fish. Afterwards, anytime that Fionn needed to gain insight or wisdom he would suck on his thumb.

Chorizo and Feta Egg Muffins

“These eggs are broken. Cracked.”
“Yes, ma’am. That happens sometimes.”
“Does it?”
“Yes, it’s the unfortunate part of being an egg.”

– Peter Hedges

I don’t exactly remember the first time I had chorizo but I know it was after I finished college and moved back to Ireland. The way I remember it was that my friend, Alberto, invited me to join him at a Spanish dinner party that was held in one of the hotels in Temple Bar. For a nominal sum, you could drink as much wine and eat as much manchego cheese, crusty bread and cured meats as your heart desired. It was so much fun and I made a lot of friends through these dinners as well as discovering a lot about Spanish food and culture.