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El Chivito

El Chivito

El Chivito There is something about writing the heading for a recipe in its native language. It adds an air of mystery, wonder and even credibility. It draws you in. You may not even be reading this if I simply wrote: Steak Sandwich with Ham, […]

The Death of Flavour, Texture and Good Meat

The Death of Flavour, Texture and Good Meat

“Jaysus, I’d love a goose…..” “It brings me back to when I was a young fella.” I don’t consider my granddad an emotional man so the hint of a tear in his eye is quite surprising. I’m not long finished at Ballymaloe Cookery School and, […]

There’s More Than One Way To Cook Vegetables

There’s More Than One Way To Cook Vegetables

There’s More Than One Way To Cook Vegetables It’s Sunday. Sundays for us were all about routine. My Dad would get up pretty early and fire up the grill. My Mam wouldn’t be too far behind him while my brother and I would be calmly […]

Croquetas de Jamon with Garlic and Smoked Paprika Mayo

Croquetas de Jamon with Garlic and Smoked Paprika Mayo

Croquetas de Jamon I’ve always loved croquetas. Whenever I go for tapas they are always the first item I order. Along with patatas bravas, they epitomise the tapas experience – bite sized, flavourful and perfect with a beer. Despite being a big fan of the […]

Review: Hey Donna, Rathmines, Co. Dublin

Review: Hey Donna, Rathmines, Co. Dublin

Hey Donna February – how is it the end of February?! I tend to hibernate for the first couple of months of the year. After the madness of Christmas (at work and at home), it’s nice to ease slowly back into things before finally coming […]

Harira Soup

Harira Soup

Harira Soup February, the beginning of Spring. The Sun is just starting to make inroads into our lives again as the frost vanishes, not to be seen for another 9 months. Who am I kidding? My phone is telling me that it’s -2 degrees outside […]

January Farmers Market Minestrone

January Farmers Market Minestrone

Farmers Market Minestrone Although I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, I have been making a concerted effort to visit the farmers market since the turn of the year. Last year may have seen me finally adapt to a more seasonal diet but I […]

Review: The Fatted Calf, Athlone

Review: The Fatted Calf, Athlone

The Fatted Calf “Oh it’s lovely but make sure you book it……” my Mother is always full of restaurant recommendations whenever Ali and I head away for a few days. Sometimes her recommendations work out a treat but there have been a couple of occasions […]

Review: Etto, Merrion Row, Dublin 2

Review: Etto, Merrion Row, Dublin 2

Etto We’ve decided to head to the big smoke for the day. After the best part of a week lazing about and stuffing ourselves with all sorts of goodies, the time has come for even just the tiniest bit of exercise. Initially the plan is […]

The Ultimate Turkey and Ham Pie

The Ultimate Turkey and Ham Pie

The Ultimate Turkey and Ham Pie The fridge is heaving with leftovers. Christmas is a time for extravagance and gluttony but most of us cook far more than we are ever going to need. Despite freezing the legs and one breast from our massive turkey, […]