Guest Post Chez Alchemy in the Kitchen

Aha!  I’m back to cooking again. Perhaps a bit slowly, but after a painfully long period of not exactly total form plus some carry-out cardboard pizzas and plastic sushis, it’s enough motivation for anyone who adores cooking to return to ze kitchen. And fast.

I am so proud to be guest posting for one of my loveliest blogger friends, Hester Casey, dropping in on her idyllic County Wicklow in Ireland.  I can’t tell you how much I was excited when Hester asked me to guest post on Alchemy in the Kitchen, as I’m one of her biggest fans.

Anyone who already knows Hester’s blog can appreciate her knack of enchanting us with her fabulous dishes that have all been given her touch of magical creativity.  You may remember that she guest posted here on Mad About Macarons with her stunning White Chocolate and Raspberry Paris Brest, which she confirmed were “wheely-wheely good“.

If you don’t know Hester yet, you will not only appreciate her wonderful recipes but also her sense of humour.  I particularly love getting to the main photograph, where she injects her Irish wit with wonderful one-liners such as: “Does my bun look big in this?”, ” Soy Far, Soy Good“, and  “Well, I did tell you that drizzle was forecast“. Speaking of drizzle, that is something else we both have in common apart from food. Being Irish and Scots lasses, we certainly know what it’s like to be prepared for northern summers: a typical blustery June day could start T-shirtingly sunny and end with a Damartingly snow flurry. Oh, and we also chat a lot.

What on earth was I going to pick as a recipe?  Here was my first sign of inspiration…

…and check out Hester’s wonderful captions that she has added to all the photos!

Hop on over to Hester’s magical blog,
Alchemy in the Kitchen,
for my guest recipe post

Herb-Hugging John Dory with Smoked Beurre Blanc

21 replies
  1. elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds
    elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds says:

    I checked out your guest post on Hester’s blog…love your amazing recipe, such delicious and crunchy and delicious topping for the fish. The presentation is so beautiful, as well!
    BTW-I did a shoutout about your fabulous book on my recent post!

  2. elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds
    elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds says:

    Hi Jill-Just wanted to let you know I appreciate so much for the generous giveaway winning, hosted by Marsha.
    I love your book so much, it is so very beautiful. I must really study it, and start making the best macarons…ever! You are a master macaron baker, so many different kinds, such gorgeous colors, and flavors. I am so honored to know the author of this most amazing book…cannot thank you, and Waverly book, enough to be able to get my hands on this book, by actually winning it!!!
    Love your post, and the balconies filled with such pretty geraniums…so European!

  3. Fran
    Fran says:

    Oh, good. I was looking for something to try out on my VBF who is home from Florida next week. She is a VERY GOOD COOK and I’m dying to impress. I’m sure Cavistons in Greystones will recommend something similiar to John Dory.

    • Jill
      Jill says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Hester. I forgot to mention had a bit left over topping and so cut it up into the right sizes for fish and froze them between baking parchment. It’s now the easiest thing to do at the last minute to impress your guests. Handy number!

  4. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I’m going to check Hester’s blog now. Looks yummy from the picture. Now I got to check your recipe! I’m glad to hear you are doing a little bit better than before, but still, take good care and take it slow. 🙂

  5. Tiffany
    Tiffany says:

    Loved the guest post Jill! I commented on Hester’s page, but I wanted to leave you a comment as well! I could smell that smoked tea through my computer screen! And I didn’t know you were a musician!!!!

  6. Liz
    Liz says:

    Congratulations on your guest post! I adore both your blogs…can’t wait to see what yummy dish you shared! PS…my picky, picky daughter is now a HUGE macaron fan 🙂 Guess I will be making a few more!!!

  7. The Harried Cook
    The Harried Cook says:

    Great guest post, Jill! So glad you’re back to cooking… That must mean your back is getting a lot better 🙂 Hester has a wonderful blog & it was great to see you guest posting there!

  8. Hester Casey - Alchemy
    Hester Casey - Alchemy says:

    Jill, thanks for such a wonderful guest post. I’m planning this lovely fish dish for tonight’s meal and I know it will be a regular feature on my menu in the future. Macarons for dessert obviously! Have a great weekend, Hester xo



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