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Jess Lacey
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Jess Lacey is an Irish food blogger and soon to be lawyer. She has found a home in London, Dublin, Leiden, Melbourne and Aarhus. After a brief foray into the world of Michelin starred cooking, she decided to keep cooking and food as relationships based purely on passion rather than income. She travels frequently, and justifies this by writing about it. More of her musings and recipes are available on her blog, Canal Cook.

Homemade Dulce de Leche

Homemade Dulce de Leche

Dulce de leche is a thick, creamy caramel substance made from cooked milk and sugar.…

My Hometown Guide- Where to Eat in Dublin

My Hometown Guide- Where to Eat in Dublin

#MyHometownGuide Dublin, Ireland reveals the changing restaurant landscape of the city and the emerging food scene.…

Foodie Haven at Forest Avenue: Dublin, Ireland

Foodie Haven at Forest Avenue: Dublin, Ireland

Forest Avenue in Dublin, Ireland provides simple, beautifully paired creations.…

Confit Garlic

Confit Garlic

Add a flavorful preserved garlic to you condiment repertoire. …

Two-Day Venison and Chorizo Stew

Two-Day Venison and Chorizo Stew

Two-day venison and chorizo stew with wine, smoked parika, and a crusty bread. …

Review: Worst Wijn Cafe, Amsterdam

Review: Worst Wijn Cafe, Amsterdam

Worst Wijn Cafe in Amsterdam offers a meat-heavy menu with wines by the glass or half glass on a casual setting.…

Mejadra: Rice, Onions and Lentils

Mejadra: Rice, Onions and Lentils

This rustic Middle Eastern comfort food makes a simple vegetarian main or the center piece for a mezze spread.…

Lentil and Sausage Cassoulet

Lentil and Sausage Cassoulet

This version of the slow-cooked French casserole takes a little of the meat and replaces it with juicy stock enriched lentils.…

Black Pudding and Butter Beans Hash

Black Pudding and Butter Beans Hash

Black pudding is a blood sausage traditionally eaten for breakfast in Ireland.…

Zucchini Lasagne

Zucchini Lasagne

Zucchini, or "courgette" as it is sometimes known, replaces meat in this lightened version of comforting lasagne. …

Zucchini and Rice Tian

Zucchini and Rice Tian

This gratin is a great side dish to any protein for dinner and the leftovers can be eaten cold for lunch the next day.…

Turkish Haydari

Turkish Haydari

Haydari is a traditional Turkish meze made from thickened yoghurt, garlic and herbs. …

Silky Smooth Hummus

Silky Smooth Hummus

This hummus is more labor intensive than some recipes for the popular spread, but the result is super smooth, like the stuff you get at a Middle Eastern restaurant.…

Summer Potato Salad

Summer Potato Salad

This potato salad's contrasting flavors, from sharp mustard to sweet honey, make it stand out from the pack of this picnic staple.…

Scallop Tataki

Scallop Tataki

The scallop in this recipe is nearly raw, so you need it to be exceptionally fresh.…

Duck Aigre Douce with Roasted Garlic and Celeriac Mash

Duck Aigre Douce with Roasted Garlic and Celeriac Mash

The celeriac mash creates a nice, slightly tart contrast with the rich, sweet sauce, but mashed potato with lots of butter is good too.…

Maki and Uramaki Sushi Rolls

Maki and Uramaki Sushi Rolls

In order to make sushi you need time, patience, a flair for subterfuge and ideally an accomplice.…

Chickpea, Lentil and Tahini Salad with Feta

Chickpea, Lentil and Tahini Salad with Feta

This salad is so much more than the sum of its parts. It has a rich, complex flavour combining many ingredients you wouldn’t necessarily have put together.…

Omakase at Restaurant Sushi of Gari 46, New York City

Omakase at Restaurant Sushi of Gari 46, New York City

Omakase translates roughly as 'I will leave it to you' and involves sitting at the sushi counter while a chef prepares individual pieces of nigiri.…

Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare

This is a relatively quick and easy thing to make, given that it does not involve any cooking, and is nice for a hot Summer’s evening.…

Triple Layer Lemon Curd Cake

Triple Layer Lemon Curd Cake

Makes 1 three layer 9 inch cake. If you want a two layer 7 inch cake, reduce the ingredients for the cake by 1/3.…

Onion Jam

Onion Jam

Onion jam is rich and savoury-sweet, great with pates or in sandwiches.…

Easy Tomato and Fennel Bread

Easy Tomato and Fennel Bread

This makes a decent 500g loaf, and just requires you to plan a day ahead.…

Paris – E.Dehillerin – The Ultimate Kitchen Store

Paris – E.Dehillerin – The Ultimate Kitchen Store

Walking through the front door, you are met with a wall of copper moulds and pans of every imaginable shape and size. This is E.Dehillerin.…

Green Dip

Green Dip

If you are lucky enough to live further from the Arctic tundra, or have a better grasp of horticulture, this herb dip is lovely.…

Modern Irish Cooking – Beetroot Meringues with Cashel Blue Cream

Modern Irish Cooking – Beetroot Meringues with Cashel Blue Cream

It may not be what first comes to mind when you think of Irish cooking, but this recipe showcases the diversity of modern Irish cooking.…

Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad

This recipe is adapted, given that finding a decent looking tomato in the midst of Danish winter is impossible.…

Spaghetti with Scallops and White Wine

Spaghetti with Scallops and White Wine

This recipe is a retro creamy pasta dish with scallops, white wine and lemon zest. It's easy to make, about 20 minutes from start to finish.…

Beef and Ginger Jiaozi Dumplings

Beef and Ginger Jiaozi Dumplings

These beef and ginger dumplings can be time consuming to make. But with this recipe, they're oh so worth it.…

Places We Love – O’Dowd’s Seafood Bar in Connemara

Places We Love – O’Dowd’s Seafood Bar in Connemara

O'Dowds is an award winning traditional pub which remains open all year round serving local seafood and craft beers.…

Beetroot Tartlets with Fennel Marinated Feta

Beetroot Tartlets with Fennel Marinated Feta

A simple appetizer or elegant canape…

Places We Love – Brother Hubbard in Dublin

Places We Love – Brother Hubbard in Dublin

Brother Hubbard on Dublin's revived Capel Street, is a welcome addition to Dublin's growing restaurant and café scene.…

Roast Duck Ragù

Roast Duck Ragù

A deep, decadent and very rich roast duck pasta sauce.…

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Bacon and Chives

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Bacon and Chives

This soup is pure New Nordic Cuisine. It is seasonal and relies on almost all local ingredients. …

Mushroom, Herb and Applewood Polenta

Mushroom, Herb and Applewood Polenta

An adaption of an old Yottam Ottolenghi recipe, this polenta dish is deliciously decadent.…

Places We Love: L Mulligan Grocers – Dublin’s Hidden Gastropub

Places We Love: L Mulligan Grocers – Dublin’s Hidden Gastropub

L.Mulligan Grocer has been on the Dublin scene for a few years, and it has built a reputation as a pub worth going off the beaten track for. …

London – Brasserie Zédel, Paris on a Budget

London – Brasserie Zédel, Paris on a Budget

Brasserie Zédel is probably one of the most reviewed and praised new restaurants in London this Summer, and with good reason.…

Mini Guide – Eating Amsterdam on Any Budget

Mini Guide – Eating Amsterdam on Any Budget

Jess Lacey with a shortlist of her personal favorite places to eat in Amsterdam, for every budget.…

Zucchini Carpaccio

Zucchini Carpaccio

This dish is very quick and easy to make, is a great summer starter or as a part of an antipasti. …

Chicken Liver Paté

Chicken Liver Paté

This chicken liver paté is a quick and easy appetizer to make a day ahead of a dinner. …

The London Culinary Marathon

The London Culinary Marathon

Jess Lacey and her family takes on a 5 day culinary Marathon of London.…

London – L’Entrepôt, A Little Taste of the Continent in Hackney

London – L’Entrepôt, A Little Taste of the Continent in Hackney

L’Entrepôt is the first venture of Borough Wines to serve food, and has been located in their stomping ground of Hackney in London.…

A Visit to Borough Market in London

A Visit to Borough Market in London

Borough Market is one of London’s oldest, with a market of some sort in existence in the area since the 13th Century.…

Worth the Wait – Pitt Cue Co, London

Worth the Wait – Pitt Cue Co, London

Jess Lacey checks out one of this year's most hyped London restaurants - Pitt Cue Co.…

Food Walk – Giro D’Ombra in Venice

Food Walk – Giro D’Ombra in Venice

Venice is for many a glamourous city of highly priced restaurants. Outside the center however, there is a still thriving local community.…