Girl power

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 April, 2012, 12:00am


Among my group of friends, to be accused of eating 'like a girl' might provoke fisticuffs, if we were inclined to violence. Eating like a girl brings to mind dainty, delicate appetites and orders of green salad (with dressing on the side), steamed fish (with the sauce on the side), detoxifying herbal tea, and no carbs after 3pm. Fortunately, Niamh Shields, of Eat Like a Girl (, doesn't eat like the stereotypical 'girl' - she loves potatoes (well, she is Irish, after all) and other carbs, embraces the cuisine of whichever country she's visiting on her frequent travels, and is more likely to eat burgers and fries than a salad.

Now living in London, Shields cooks, too (she even has a cookbook, Comfort & Spice). The recipes on her blog include spaghetti with black pudding and tomato sauce (which sounds seriously delicious), heart-shaped pancakes (above), beetroot latkes, Chinese-style duck leg, lentil soup with harissa croutons, and piri piri poussin.