He may be famous for his quirky personality and laugh-out-loud posts on social media, but James Kavanagh is also a real foodie.
Alongside his boyfriend, William Murray, the social media star is currently working on a cookbook which will be out next year.
Called The Currabinny Cookbook, named after their successful food company, it will be a collection of James and William's most sought-after recipes; from breakfast ideas to sumptuous suppers and sweet treats.
Before you can get your hands on the book and make his favourite recipes at home, James Kavanagh shared with SHEmazing his food habits, guilty pleasures and pet peeves.
What is your typical weekday breakfast?
I usually grab whatever is in the fruit bowl and have a Revive Active – so,so good for energy.
Inspirational post Behold; my new (old) fruit bowl in all its glory. Bought from Vintage Shop, Phibsboro for €30. It turns out that it was probably a former chamber pot (a thing people would urinate in back in the day for lack of an indoor toilet). But look at her now; four hours of scrubbing and she's a shining beacon of fruity sweetness. Once continually pissed on and kept under the bed out of sight, now the star of the kitchen, making all of the other kitchen bits green with jealousy. Prom queen. Power bitch. There's a lot that can be taken from this. Mainly though, no matter what your past was, you have it in you to scrub up and transform into a superstar. Be the best piss pot you can be
What about lunch?
I’m currently obsessed with Industry's salad boxes – I get one of those almost every day.
They have new salads every day, so you’re never bored. Make sure you get the hummus too – it’s life changing.
What do you usually have for dinner?
Some sort of pasta or fish and vegetables.
Is it different at the weekend?
Myself and William have more time at the weekend, so we tend to go wild in the kitchen, and pour loads of time and energy into a meal.
William usually goes all out and whips up a cake too.
Do you snack during the day?
Crisps are my weakness. I’d eat bags and bags of them.
Tayto Cheese & Onion are my fave (at the moment).
What would be your ideal food day?
For breakfast, I'd have almond milk porridge from The Westbury.
For lunch, whatever the special is in The Pepper Pot.
Dinner would be the tasting menu in Chapter One.
Finally, for dessert, I'd have a Cremia ice-cream cone from Japan (the best ice-cream you’ll ever have).
Snacks! These little beauties were the openers in our Robin Gill pop up. Cracking Irish charcuterie, all unadorned Umami. Plus kohlrabi, herb miso, cured sardine parcels; potato blinis with smoked haddock & caper; and wee green mouthfuls of pressed mutton and herring with green herb & aioli. Went down a treat with the mighty brews from @whitehagbrewery in Sligo. #popup #sundaylunchalt #michelin #dublindining #tastingmenu #irishfood @thedairyclapham @eric_1_0_9 @manuspins
The one food you could have everyday for the rest of your life?
Pasta (all kinds of pasta)
What is your favourite dessert?
Our Currabinny Soaked Orange Cake!
What is your favourite meal of the day?
Dinner. It’s always exciting.
Your favourite restaurants in Dublin/Ireland/the world?
In Dublin, I love Coppinger Row – there’s always such a gorgeous atmosphere there.
In Ireland (this is SO hard to chose!) maybe Café Paradiso in Cork. Proof that meat is not necessary to make an exquisite meal.
The best brunch place in Dublin?
Fia in Rathgar. The best eggs in Dublin.
Do you have any “food pet peeves”?
Raisins; they seem to be in everything and they RUIN everything.
Even people who are fond of a raisin would prefer a plain scone, or to not have them in a curry or couscous.
PLEASE STOP PUTTING RAISINS IN FOOD!!
What food would you not eat for the whole world?
Coddle – not if you paid me.
What can we always find in your fridge?
You have friends over for dinner, what do you cook for them?
Our halloumi burgers – they always win hearts.
Do you find it hard to eat a healthy diet in a daily basis?
No, not at all. Good food is plentiful these days, and most cafes and restaurants are pulling up their socks and tweaking menus to suit those after wholesome dishes.
What is your guilty pleasure?
A cheese toasty. I’d have them every day…
What is you go-to drink/cocktail in a bar/pub?
Espresso martini or a G&T.
Your favourite place for a drink in Dublin?
L’Gueuleton. And the barman William is really hot!