Smoked Salmon, Spoons, and Guinness

  I was strolling down the high street in Drogheda, Ireland, and suddenly my friend Trish Rogers, internationally known wine and food expert and author of the Zing!thing    yelled “Hughie will ya look a that!,” and went over to embrace an elderly gent who was sitting on a bench playing the spoons.    “Aye […]

Salt Cod Goes Uptown

Cod in salt

Salt cod.  It’s not your every day ingredient, I know. But you can find it in most fish markets, often in neat little wood boxes labeled “Salt Cod – Skinless and Boneless fillets”.* The History of Salt Cod Cod has a fascinating, lucrative history.  Much of it has to do with its salted version.  Cod […]

Poems on Plates

Sa Qua Na is a two-star restaurant in Honfleur, tucked on Place Hamelin among tourist shops, cafés, and restaurants serving moules-frites. The façade is discreet, the window shades hung at different heights as though someone got distracted in the midst of pulling them up. Peering in the window, the restaurant looks dark, closed. Once inside, […]

Cod with Pearls

I had a revelation last evening.  It was entirely unexpected, which is the nature of revelations I guess.  I was preparing dinner for a group of friends, testing recipes at the same time as I often do.  On the menu was a dish I’d never made but that I was sure would be wonderful, “dos […]