Tastes Like Home with Catherine Fulvio is a blend of food and travel that sees Catherine connecting families with loved ones living around the world. Growing up on a farm in Ireland, Catherine appreciates fresh ingredients and explores how food is sourced and produced. Her recipes reflect seasonal, quality ingredients and she is known for her no-fuss approach to food with a twist, often an Italian one! In this new series, Catherine combines her two passions – food and travel – while taking viewers on a culinary journey with the flavours that truly take us home.
Linda Kennedy lives in Dublin and her sister Fiona lives in San Sebastián, Spain. Growing up in Limerick originally and later Dublin, Linda regales Catherine with tales of the tastes and dishes associated with her childhood. For the Kennedy sisters, it’s fish pie – a comfort dish comprised of a variety of smoked fish, mussels and vegetables. Later on in San Sebastián, Fiona takes Catherine to the vibrant markets that make this resort town one of the most colourful and creative food destinations in the world.
This episode sees Catherine visiting Nuala and Packie in Kerrykeel, Co. Donegal. The charming couple run the Curlew Café, specializing in locally sourced seafood caught by Packie himself. It’s these fresh flavours along with a family recipe for wheaten bread that Mark Bradley, Nuala’s brother, misses most in his new home in Mississauga and Tiny Township, Canada.
While in the northern township of Tiny in Simcoe County, Mark takes Catherine to his family home along Georgian Bay and introduces her to the joys of Canada’s most delicious dishes, poutine and freshly sapped maple syrup!
In Clonegal, Co. Carlow, Sheila Kirwan lives with her husband Joe where they grow much of their own produce and attend local markets in Enniscorthy. Such is the lifestyle befitting Sheila’s “Nettle and Leek Soup” with homemade brown bread. Catherine takes this family recipe down to London to visit Sheila and Joe’s daughter Marie Claire, who lives in a houseboat overlooking Tower Bridge with her husband Tom. Exploring the tucked away community along the Thames, local barge gardens as well as Borough and Maltby St. markets, Marie Claire shows Catherine an eclectic style of living while still connecting to her native Irish roots.
Katie Maher lives in Ennis, Co. Clare with her husband Tony, where they raised four boys while running their own bakery until 2000. With a bustling home and her boys all interested in running and active lifestyles, good wholesome food from scratch was always a priority at mealtimes. It’s Katie’s Chicken Fricassee recipe Catherine takes down to the Maher’s eldest son, Michael in Barcelona.
After completing a Master’s degree in Munich, Michael’s interest in nutrition and active living translates to his love of fresh foods in the city. With breathtaking architecture and unique Spanish food markets and stalls, Catherine rekindles her love for Barcelona and Michael’s ties to his family through delicious foods.
Jacinta Baille lives in Dublin with her husband Adrian but it’s her sister Savina and her husband Tony who live in Portland, Oregon. Like many other Irish living abroad, Savina yearns for Irish sausage and has spent years hunting for something similar in the city. In true fashion, Catherine delights Savina with Jacinta’s recipe for the ultimate Irish breakfast and how to make your own Irish sausages in the hopes it will taste just like home. Set alongside Portland’s trendy urban landscape, Savina and Tony take Catherine through this eclectic city, sampling local eateries and some of America’s best food trucks along the way.
Lynda Gibbons lives in Navan with her husband William and their family. Growing up alongside her cousin Aoife, Lynda treats Catherine to Aoife’s favourite pork dish, Medallions of Pork in a White Wine and Mustard Sauce, in the hopes it will stir memories of family and home. Bringing this heartfelt meal all the way to Dubai, Catherine chooses to add a twist to the dish in respecting the local cultures of the city. Weaving in and out of the vast market stalls, spice souks and fish shacks and sailing down the desert sands on safari, Aoife helps Catherine to discover Dubai’s vivid culture in a place so far from home.