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Healthy Holiday Guide: What to Eat Before You Party

Healthy Holiday Guide: What to Eat Before You Party

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about balance. Don’t get me wrong– the holiday season is a time for INDULGENCE. I look forward to eating sweets with abandon and one too many glasses of bubbly on New Year’s just as much as anyone else. The...
Winter is the Real Spring: Make the Life You Want

Winter is the Real Spring: Make the Life You Want

  Happy first day of December to you! I can’t believe 2014 is almost over, can you? It seems like only yesterday I welcomed the New Year declaring the theme in the La Domestique kitchen,   “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy...
My Favourite Autumn Recipes

My Favourite Autumn Recipes

After all that talk about how much I love fall in my most recent blog post I decided to round up my favourite autumn recipes and share them with you. Do you ever take a moment to flip through your recipe collection and reminisce? It’s like digging the box of...
Get Cozy with Yummy Supper Cookbook Giveaway!

Get Cozy with Yummy Supper Cookbook Giveaway!

  Hello friends! It’s been awhile…summer is gone and it’s officially time for autumn tarts, soups and stews. After a year and a half in Ireland I unexpectedly got the opportunity to go home to the United States for the entire month of September. I...
Cool it Down or Spice it Up: My Favourite Summer Recipes

Cool it Down or Spice it Up: My Favourite Summer Recipes

All that talk about summer grilling in my previous blog post made me a bit nostalgic. I’ve gone through the La Domestique archives and plucked out a few of my favourite recipes for high summer. It’s all about keeping the cooking simple and quick. Get out...
Grilled Broccoli with Black Olive Tapenade

Grilled Broccoli with Black Olive Tapenade

I love grilling. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the Southern United States where people take their BBQ seriously. Maybe it’s because I get to create perfectly caramelized grill marks on my food. Or maybe it’s because the sizzle and the smoky aromas always take me...
Easy Everyday Vegetable Stir-Fry

Easy Everyday Vegetable Stir-Fry

We had a couple days of unbelievable sunshine and warmth here in Dublin this week (though today it has turned cloudy and cool). In true la belle vie style my husband made the last minute decision to take a vacation day and we skedaddled off to Portmarnock beach. It...
My Favourite Picnic Recipes

My Favourite Picnic Recipes

During summer I prefer to savour my meals outside, don’t you? On a recent sunny Irish weekend the husband and I enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner al fresco on the patio with little Minnie (our dachshund) sunbathing at our feet. Today I’ve gathered up a few of my...
Delicious Detox Beetroot, Avocado and Wild Rice Salad

Delicious Detox Beetroot, Avocado and Wild Rice Salad

I don’t believe I ever saw a single beetroot growing up. Never even thought much about that strange dirt cloaked root until I grew up and planted a garden. I fell in love with beets after tasting my very first homegrown beet baby, pulled from the soil just minutes...
Celebrate the Season: Spring Pea, Spinach and Fennel Soup

Celebrate the Season: Spring Pea, Spinach and Fennel Soup

June is the height of spring, when the garden really starts producing. You can see pink radish shoulders poking out of the soil, voluptuous bunches of salad greens and perfect pea pods dangling from delicate trellised vines. It’s an exciting time for a gardener,...
Foolproof Fish: Salmon Cooked in a Parchment Paper Bag

Foolproof Fish: Salmon Cooked in a Parchment Paper Bag

  Let’s talk about fish… First of all, fish is SO good for you   Especially oily fish, like salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, lake trout and tuna. These fishes are rich in omega-3 fatty acids—essential for your brain, your mental/emotional function...
5 Facts Everyone Should Know About Coeliac Disease

5 Facts Everyone Should Know About Coeliac Disease

I have a confession to make: for a long time I didn’t take coeliac disease seriously. Back in 2007, when I worked in a fine dining French restaurant, gluten-free was just becoming a thing. To chefs and waiters it was an annoyance, right up there with being allergic to...
Chickpea Power! Two Healthy Salads to Fuel You All Day

Chickpea Power! Two Healthy Salads to Fuel You All Day

Bonjour! How is your week going? The husband and I survived our big move to Dublin last weekend. We are still living out of boxes and getting settled into the new routine. Our little dachshund, Minnie, likes her new home and all the kids running around the park next...
Chicken Soup Noodle For What Ails You

Chicken Soup Noodle For What Ails You

It’s that time of year. As winter draws to an end and spring threatens to break through, everyone seems to be suffering from a cough or a sniffle. I made it all winter without getting sick, and then BAM! It hit me like a freight train: a full blown head cold....
Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake for Valentine’s Day

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake for Valentine’s Day

I love chocolate– the darker the better. I might even say I need chocolate. Every day around 4:00pm I start rifling through kitchen drawers looking for my hidden dark chocolate bar. One little bite is all I need. A good quality chocolate bar is a beautiful...
Grandma Bercher’s Cinnamon Rolls

Grandma Bercher’s Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are a Bercher family tradition. It all started with my great grandmother, Frances Bercher. Born Frances Schuster in Germany, she immigrated to America with her family in 1908 at 13 years of age. Eventually she married my great grandfather and settled...
Duck Breasts with Pomegranate Sauce

Duck Breasts with Pomegranate Sauce

Hello there! It’s been a bit quiet here on La Domestique, but right now can find me over on Contemporary Living with a festive recipe for Duck Breasts with Pomegranate Sauce and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. It’s a quick seared duck breast paired with a tangy,...
Autumn Mushroom Soup with Thyme and Brandy

Autumn Mushroom Soup with Thyme and Brandy

Autumn is my favorite time of year. This is my first Irish autumn, and the change in country makes the season even more interesting. It’s not the fall that I grew up with in Arkansas, which was marked by warm golden-hued days with dramatic red, orange and yellow...
How -To Prepare Whole Squid

How -To Prepare Whole Squid

  It was a cold and drizzly Irish morning at the Cavan Farmers Market. Making my usual rounds I took a mental note of everything on offer– must get a couple of éclairs from The Mason’s Apron to bring home for breakfast, don’t forget to grab some eggs, the...
The Last of the Summer Wine

The Last of the Summer Wine

The weather has turned cooler and a bit blustery here in Cavan. We’re coming up on my favorite time of year: autumn. I can feel a change in the quality of the light, more golden and soft. My focus has shifted inward, away from long summer drives and tending to...
The Taste of Cavan, Ireland

The Taste of Cavan, Ireland

I’m feeling very lucky at the moment. When we moved to Cavan Town (population 5,600) I expected lots of rolling hills and sheep. I didn’t expect to find a passionate community of artisanal food producers and chefs in the greater County Cavan (population...
Spanish Tortilla with Red Peppers, Chorizo and Manchego

Spanish Tortilla with Red Peppers, Chorizo and Manchego

I’ve got a real thing for Spain (I told you this before). The language, the small plates and brash flavors, the artisanal meats and cheeses, afternoon siesta, eating late- I love it all. Lately I’ve been obsessed with roasting red peppers. Maybe it’s a...