Social media devotees have been salivating over the delightful dishes being served up in one fabulous Belfast kitchen.
Local broadcaster Kim Lenaghan, who presents The Foodie on BBC Radio Ulster, has used the past few months to sharpen her culinary skills and enjoy many of the fine foods she regularly features on her popular show.
And the lucky recipient of the gourmet creations cooked up in Kim's luxury new kitchen is husband Andrew Jones, who is working from home during the pandemic.
The couple, who live with their two beloved rescue lurchers, Mabel and Ben, have enjoyed spending 24-7 together for the first time since their very romantic marriage three years ago.
Andrew, who works in London as a management consultant, usually only gets to spend weekends at home, making the three-month lockdown period feel very much like a delayed honeymoon for the loved-up couple.
"We did approach it with a bit of trepidation as I was used to doing my own thing during the week and Andrew was used to being in London," Kim freely admits. "But we did fall into a routine very quickly and it's been great.
"Andrew has worked from home and would be in his office from 8am taking calls, maybe until 8pm at night.
"Then after work he would go to the gym in our garage for a workout while I cooked dinner. We then would enjoy a couple of hours spent watching telly in the evening together.
"We realised we also needed to give each other space and sometimes I would want to watch a chick flick while Andrew wanted to watch something about cars so we would go to separate rooms to watch TV."
Andrew and Kim's is a modern romance story.
He famously proposed on just their fourth date and they married less than six months after meeting for the first time.
It is a story steeped in chance and romance as Kim has recalled: "We were both flying out of Belfast City Airport and both pulled up in taxis at the same time.
"We said hello and although I had never met Andrew before we were friends on Facebook and I recognised him and was able to say 'hello Andrew Jones' which surprised him.
"We got talking and then had a drink together in the airport lounge. We kept in touch and had the odd lunch and it was just a friendship thing for the first few weeks.
"He visited my house over Christmas and then in the middle of January, after our third date, we decided to get married.
"It wasn't any great romantic proposal. It was our fourth date and Andrew just said 'should we get married' and I said 'OK let's do it'. It was just meant to be, it was inevitable."
The couple celebrated with an intimate gathering of just 12 friends at a ceremony in Chelsea register office in London followed by a reception in the high-end London restaurant The Delaunay.
Shortly after their marriage in March 2017, they bought a period property in the heart of Belfast's thriving foodie district of Ballyhackamore which they have enjoyed renovating - with particular emphasis, of course, on the kitchen.
Andrew shares Kim's love of good food and travel and she has taken an interest in his passion for cars.
"We bought an Edwardian house and we were lucky because it already had an extension," explains Kim. "We have been doing it up for the past 18 months.
"The kitchen for me has always been the heart of the house; it's where we are always together and where we spend most of our time.
"We love entertaining and having friends round and that's what I have missed most during lockdown.
"Andrew is brilliant at making cocktails while I cook and we all sit around the table and talk and have a laugh and play music. I wanted the kitchen to be set up with that in mind."
Approaching the renovation of her kitchen was a serious business for Kim who scrupulously went over every proposed detail before creating her dream cooking and entertaining space.
"I did lots of research before we designed the kitchen," she says. "I could have easily spent four weeks searching online just for the perfect door handles. I actually became quite obsessive!"
Pride of place in her kitchen is a stunning French cooker called Fifi - yes, she is so attached to it, she gave it a name!
No ordinary cooker, it came all the way from Paris and while Kim admits it was an indulgence, it is also something she says will last her forever
"My cooker is French and I call her Fifi because she is a little bit glamorous and works hard for the money.
"I spent a lot of time in France when I was younger and I always wanted a Lacanche cooker.
"It is a bit like a French version of our Aga and has that kind of traditional look. It is a real heritage brand in France and it is a cooker I will have for a lifetime. I do lavish a lot of care and attention on it because it is just fabulous."
Yet it is her large fully stocked larder cupboard which she admits is her favourite part of the sleek modern room she and Andrew have created.
"I got a really big pantry built and it is my pride and joy. It's very well-stocked and it gives me such pleasure every time I open the doors, I just love it.
"When we knew lockdown was coming I did put a few extra things in there as I knew the shops would be closing.
Surfing the internet, Kim also unearthed a stunning antique chandelier which was made in Venice but had to be brought to Northern Ireland from Rome.
"I love shopping online and one of the things I love most in the house is this beautiful old chandelier in our kitchen which has these brilliantly coloured droplets.
"It had to be shipped over from Rome and came in a big tea chest and it was so exciting."
The kitchen has been put to great use during lockdown as Kim found herself at home with Andrew.
Almost four months later, with the couple well used to their 'new normal', which meant living together 24-7 for the first time since they married, the initial novelty factor may have worn off a little but it's evident they are still enjoying every minute of life together.
"It's been great," says Kim. "The dogs, which are such a focus of our lives, made it so lovely too as we got to spend more time with them.
"Mabel loved having her daddy at home all of the time and Ben, who is older, just decided he was going to lie in his bed in Andrew's office all day long."
Cooking has kept Kim busy at home and although she has always enjoyed it, lockdown gave her the precious time she needed to really indulge her passion and experiment with food and new dishes.
Andrew is a keen amateur photographer and was so impressed by his wife's creations he started taking pictures and posting them on social media.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner created from scratch by Kim every day soon had a huge following of foodies on Facebook and Instagram.
While Kim is best-known for her popular Saturday and Sunday morning Radio Ulster shows, her series The Foodie, launched four years ago, was entirely her own idea and has really taken off too.
Her love and appreciation for fine food led to the launch of the programme, which usually goes out during the summer and at Christmas.
In it Kim takes to the road around Northern Ireland meeting other people who are passionate about food including local producers and chefs.
The fact that it is her dream job shines through to her listeners who she takes along with her on her food adventures.
"I've eaten my way round Northern Ireland many times in the last few years and it's been glorious, "she joked.
"What was great about lockdown was that our amazing local butchers did deliveries and some of our other great suppliers also delivered.
"Suppliers adapted very quickly and we had all this great produce being delivered to the doorstep.
I’m always being asked for recipes so now I’m writing them all down
"In London, Andrew was used to grabbing a sandwich at lunchtime and eating a hotel salad for dinner.
"Suddenly I was cooking him three meals a day and he was having things like homemade American-style pancakes with blueberries for breakfast and homemade soups for lunch and Sriracha Salmon or Shakshuka for dinner.
"I started to bake my own bread - I make my own flat bread now - and the poor man never ate so much in his life.
"Normally I wouldn't have had the time. The invention aspect of it is something I loved, as you couldn't pop out to the shop if you didn't have a certain ingredient. It was a bit like a Masterchef challenge, where they say 'here's four ingredients, make something out of it'.
"Andrew was worried about his waistline but thankfully he has the gym in the garage where he can work out. I make sure I do my 10,000 steps every day by walking Mabel and Ben."
Kim and Andrew, who celebrated their third wedding anniversary in March, are clearly mad about each other and while their relationship got off to a magical start, they are determined to keep the romance alive.
As well as their culinary adventures during lockdown, they have also invested in a cinema for their garden and make a point of enjoying regular date nights.
Andrew says: "We used to cram everything in at the weekends and it has been nice having a more normal life and being able to just sit down at night with Kim and watch TV and do normal things together. That has been a novelty for me.
"We've really enjoyed having a date night every Saturday night when we dress up and stay in and order food to be delivered.
"I've been used to hotel food and room service so it's been great to be at home and spend time together and enjoy Kim's cooking which has been absolutely excellent.
"I've also been doing a fair bit of DIY, hanging pictures and painting benches and putting up shelves. Kim had a list and I had no excuse as usually I wouldn't be here and couldn't do it."
The couple came through a health scare last year when it was discovered that Kim had dangerously low levels of iron in her blood and needed emergency blood transfusions.
She was admitted to hospital where she spent four days undergoing four blood transfusions and an iron infusion. Andrew never left her side.
Thankfully, she made a full recovery and hasn't looked back since.
"After that I had loads of tests and they couldn't find the cause of my extreme anaemia but I'm all good now," she says. "I'm being monitored with regular blood tests and I know what signs to look out for.
"I think any health scare or illness, especially if it's sudden, makes you realise how much we all take our health for granted. I was very lucky to make a full and speedy recovery and I remain thankful for that every day."
Kim did manage to broadcast two episodes of The Foodie from home during lockdown, speaking to local suppliers about how they had managed to keep going during the pandemic.
There are plans for another show in September and she hopes to be able to also do her usual special Christmas edition.
She says: "It was lovely to be able to do the programme from home and show what was going on in the hospitality and food industry and how they were adapting.
"And there were lovely stories about how they were coping and how they had worked out ways to continue to trade.
"Andrew and I have been out for a meal since restrictions have lifted and we've booked to go again.
"It is great where we live in Ballyhackamore as we have so many lovely restaurants within walking distance and I think it is so important for us all to support local businesses."
And while eating out is an old pleasure which the couple can enjoy once again, Kim's appetite for her new-found love of creating popular international cuisine in her own kitchen is showing no signs of abating.
"I am going to keep on cooking," she says. "I have made things I never made before, like pizza bases which I have really enjoyed doing.
"I plan to spend July and August mastering pasta and I am sure by the end of it Andrew will be sick looking at pasta.
"I have become slightly obsessive. The thing is that lockdown has given me time to cook with no excuses.
"I found great spices online and I have loved cooking different types of food and have discovered some great Middle Eastern recipes.
"Andrew likes enchiladas and tacos and I have been making my own tortillas.
"I'm making everything from scratch and there is a lot of experimenting. If it goes well that's great, if not I know not to try that again.
"I've also loved the seasonality of cooking and at the moment I have some great cherries in my kitchen and I am trying to decide if I will make a cherry and oak crumble or a cherry tart.
"Neither of us really has a sweet tooth and would prefer to load up on cheese and wine. There is nothing nicer than a lovely cheese board and a good wine on date night."
Kim's dishes have made it on to her Instagram and Facebook page where thousands have been enjoying following her and Andrew's gourmet lockdown experience.
She laughs: "I would set the food up and I would be taking a picture and Andrew, who enjoys photography, would take the phone off me and do it. The difference is instead of just a nice looking plate of food when I took a picture, he rearranged the plate and got an angle which had people commenting ‘oh wow look at that’. So it is a ‘Team Jones’ effort.
“People are constantly asking me for recipes but I never write anything down so Andrew bought me a book so that I could start recording it all.”
An ever growing audience wakes up on Saturday and Sundays with Kim on Radio Ulster with her easy listening mixture of chat and music. Kim has continued to go into the studio each weekend throughout lockdown and says it has been among the most enjoyable and rewarding programming of her life.
“It has been great to be on air at a time like this as people took fabulous comfort and support from tuning into the show and staying connected.
“It was so lovely to get so many messages from listeners saying how much they loved being part of our Radio Ulster family and how much they appreciated the music and chats and laughs.”
She adds: “Families who couldn’t see each other used the show to let their loved ones know they were thinking about them and loved and missed them. It has really helped people to stay connected and I feel very privileged to be part of that and to have been able to help keep people’s spirits up.”
Kim Lenaghan, Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle, Saturday and Sunday, 7am. Follow her food adventures on Facebook and Instagram at Kim Lenaghan
Some of Kim's most delicious recipes...
“Quesadillas are a bit like a Mexican toasty! Heated tortillas sandwiched together with melted cheese and just about anything else you happen to have lying around — from leftover chilli to, in this case, leftover chicken from Sunday lunch with cheese and avocado.”
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
5 tbsps garlic soft cheese
2 ripe avocados
1 spring onion
Juice of ½ lime
½ tsp Tabasco
2 tbsps chopped fresh coriander
Salt and pepper
2 soft tortillas
200g roast chicken breast
60g mature cheddar, grated
Blitz together the cream cheese, avocados, spring onion, coriander, lime, Tabasco, coriander and add seasoning. It’s best not to make this until just before you use it as the avocado has a tendency to go brown — even with the lime juice.
Spread the avocado mixture onto one side of each tortilla, place the chicken and cheddar cheese on one tortilla and then set the other on top, avocado side down, to create a ‘sandwich’.
Heat a non-stick pan on a medium heat and when it’s hot enough carefully set the tortilla into the pan. Cook for 2-3 mins on each side until browned, then slide out of the pan and cut into four.
“This is one of those dishes that has become so popular on brunch menus everywhere it might even become the new avocado on toast!”
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
2 red peppers
1 red onion, sliced
1 tin cherry or chopped tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp cumin — seeds or ground
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp coriander — seeds or ground
½ tsp chilli flakes
4 large, free range eggs — the fresher the better
½ bunch fresh coriander
Feta cheese (optional)
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
Salt and pepper
Heat the oil in a large, non-stick saute pan. Add the onions and peppers and fry for about 10 minutes on a medium heat until just starting to go soft, add the garlic and the spices and fry for another minute. Add the tomatoes, 60mls of water, season with salt and pepper and simmer on low, uncovered, for another 10 minutes until the mixture looks like a thick tomato sauce.
Check your seasoning. Now, using a large spoon, make four indentations like small nests in your tomato mixture. Carefully crack an egg into each — and don’t worry if some of the white spills out. Put the lid on your pan, or cover with tin foil, and cook for another 8-10 mins until the white of the egg is just set.
Take the pan off the heat, crumble the feta cheese on top of the shakshuka, scatter with the chopped, fresh coriander and serve with warm flatbreads.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
175g self raising flour
175g natural yoghurt
1 tsp baking powder
Combine all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and then, with your hands, just bring them together into a loose dough.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and lightly knead for a minute or two until soft and pliable.
You can leave the dough resting in a flour dusted bowl until you are ready to cook it. At this point divide the dough into for equally sized balls.
First shape them with your hands and then roll them into rounds or ovals approximately 2-3mm thick. On a hot griddle pan cook the breads for 1-2 minutes on each side – you will see then puffing up slightly so you’ll know when to turn them. Serve warm.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
4 salmon fillets
4 spring onions, chopped at an angle
1 lime cut into wedges
For the marinade
2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
60mls light soy sauce
60mls rapeseed oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tbsp crushed chilli flakes
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp ground black pepper
Whisk together all the ingredients for the marinade.
Put the salmon in a baking dish, skin side down, pour over the marinade, rub it well into the fillets, cover with cling film and leave it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees, or gas mark 4.
Cook the salmon in the oven for about 12-15 mins — the exact time will depend on how thick the fillets are, but you want your fish to be just opaque and easy to flake with a fork.
Scatter the salmon with the chopped spring onions and serve with the lime wedges.