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Imen McDonnell is a food writer/stylist and blogger who pens a weekly column, Tales of A Modern Farmette in Irish Country Living magazine, published each week by the Irish Farmers Journal.
Her popular blog, ï¿½Farmetteï¿½ documents her transition from American city life to the Irish countryside and celebrates Irish cookery and baking along with traditional farmhouse kitchen skills such as butter and cheese making.
Imen's blog and recipes have been featured in The Los Angeles Times Daily Dish, The Irish Times, RTE Radio 1ï¿½s Countrywide program, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Daily Mail, The John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1, Newstalk with Sean Moncreiff, Irish Tatler magazine, and on RTE 2FMï¿½s Dave Fanning Show.
Elderflower and Honeysuckle Jelly Farmette Imen McDonnell spends a summer morning picking wild honeysuckle, comfrey, meadowsweet, and elderflowers. In her blog, Imen tells us that "Elderflower has a very distinct, almost muscat scent and the flavour is genuinely just on the right side of sweet." and "Honeysuckle has a fresh sugary tang that lingers in such a satisfying way."
Hot-Smoked Wild Irish Salmon Tacos Once a week, the farm kitchen is transformed into a Tuesday
taqueira. Whether we use our own chicken, whatever is fresh and fun at
the fishmonger (squid is always silly + sensational) or something meaty
from the local butcher, I would simply not survive without having a
little Mexicana on the supper schedule despite having a three-hour drive
to the nearest margarita + mole. Our new favourite standby:
Hot Smoked Salmon Tacos. SERVES 4 HUNGRY FARMERS
Créme-Fraíche-Lemon-Sea-Salted Ice Cream
One weekend, we happened to have a bit of extra créme fraíche in
the fridge so we decided to make ice cream with it. Créme fraíche ice
cream is not new. It's been done before, but it's new to my kitchen, to
my Magimix, to our time-tested palates. After getting an email from a
friend telling tantalising tales of lemon sea salt ice cream at the
beach, I decided to add that to the mix as well. The result is an
ultra-creamy, tangy, zesty ice cream with the slightest hint of salt
from the sea.
Ballymaloe Balloons These 'Ballymaloe Balloons' were
originally created by legendary Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House. They
have since made their way into to both Darina and Rachel Allen's
kitchens + cookery book repertoires and now my kitchen too! Irish Apple Tart on a Plate The old saying goes, "there is nothing more American than apple pie",
but I am here to tell you that it was actually a delicious slice of Irish apple tart that won me over in the infamous apple pie department.
I was never a big fan of apple pie--preferred creamier or berrier versions, so
when my mother-in-law offered me a slice on that fateful autumn
afternoon, I hesitated, then thought to myself hmmm, I wouldnï¿½t want to
seem contrary, would I? And so it goes, that was the first day of my 6+
year love affair with the Irish apple tart.... Victoria Sponge Victoria sponge is a classic cake that is a staple in country kitchens throughout Ireland. The traditional recipe calls for a bit of jam and cream between each layer and goes perfectly with a cup of tea in the afternoon.