All posts filed under: Dinners at Maggie’s

Decadently Delicious Chocolate Refrigerator Cake

Will looked horrified. ‘What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?’ – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel. Back in July, my friend, Becky, who also edits for me, asked me to make my Chocolate Refrigerator Cake. This cake, which is scrumptious, is one of my favourite things to make both here in Korea and at home in Ireland. It’s decadently full of dark chocolate, shredded coconut and banana chips, and it’s packed to the brim with nuts and dried fruit. The first time I made it I used Usbourne’s Beginners Cookbook . It was for a Cake Bake that we used to host once a month, in my department, in my old company. It was a major success and many people asked for the recipe. When I made it here in Korea, I didn’t have that cookbook, so instead I relied on this BBC Good Food recipe instead for inspiration which, to be honest, I still use for some of the measurements in the chocolate mix. I don’t like apricots so instead I would substitute whatever other dried fruit …

Vegan Apple Chia Pudding

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A couple of months ago, I went on a smoothie bender. I made smoothies every evening so that I’d have a healthy breakfast the next morning. I created my own recipes and I eagerly tried out tons of recipes from tons of different blogs. One of the recipes that quickly became a firm favourite was this Apple Smoothie Recipe from Food Viva. It was simple, delicious and I was able to use up my apples in no time at all. Using up fruit is one of my biggest downfalls. While I like fruit, I am not a big fruit person. Even with it sitting on my counter staring at me, my brain rarely registers that I have it on hand, and, more often than not, it goes bad and I have to dump it. I hate this because I think wasting food is a terrible sin; there are so many people in the world who don’t get enough, and those of us that do waste far more than we …

Twix and Vanilla with Cookies and Cream Ice-Cream Cake

Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos. – Don Kardong I love ice-cream. Chocolate, vanilla, macadamia, coconut, berry, melon, cookies and cream, cookie dough—you name it and I like it. All except for green tea ice-cream. I hate it, hate it, hate it. Nearly every time we buy an ice-cream cake here in Korea we get a multi-flavoured one so that everyone can enjoy it. There is always a green tea option, but because I can see it, I can avoid it. Well, two weekends ago, one of my friends hosted a barbeque and I opted to bring dessert. Originally, I was going to make something, but I didn’t have time because I was too busy watching Dr. Who (that is a valid excuse, right?). Instead, I went to the local convenience shop and bought a Häagen-Dazs® ice-cream cake as I was convinced that it would be filled with chocolate ice-cream. You can guess what happened, though, right? Man, I was so excited to eat it and so disappointed when I cut that first …

Gorgonzola Salad Wraps

A meal without some cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye. – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin When I came back from my holidays, I went shopping for food the second day that I was home.  Even though I was supposed to only be buying the ingredients to make last week’s recipe I was wandering around looking at all the food. Despite the fact that I know I have a bit of a cholesterol problem, my favourite part of Homeplus (a store similar to Tesco or No Frills) is the cheese section. Though it’s mostly really processed American or, as my family call it, plastic cheese, they fortunately have one shelf constantly stocked with Brie, Camembert, Mozzarella, real Philadelphia Cream Cheese, and Smoked Cheese. The main reason I peruse it so often is because sometimes you come across a rare gem – a couple of months ago for about 6 weeks they had Edam Cheese and, last week, I found Gorgonzola. I was over the moon. I’d just been thinking that I’d really like some blue …

Ssambap with Sesame Noodles

One of my favourite things about living in Korea is the amazing food I’ve been exposed to on a very frequent basis from bibimbap to dakgalbi to Korean bbq. If you ever get the chance to eat Korean food, I hope you get to experience it the way I did, right here in good ol’ Korea. When I first arrived, I ate out a lot more often than I do now. I usually reserved cooking for the weekends when I was home or an odd midweek meal. One reason I ate out so much was that I could not get enough of the grilled meats. In many restaurants here, at each individual table, there is a gas or electric ring where you cook your own meat and vegetables. I can remember vividly placing each piece of mouth-watering pork, beef or chicken hot from the grill onto a piece of crunchy green lettuce. Using my chopsticks in my right hand, I top the meat with kimchi, raw or grilled garlic, ssamjang, onions, and whatever other vegetables I can find at my table. …