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Pork Chops

Pork Chops

Pork Chops “It’s all about the ingredients.” It was drilled into us every minute of everyday over twelve weeks at Ballymaloe Cookery School. Kitchen skill and trickery mean nothing if the raw ingredients are of inferior quality. In my mind it’s where Ireland and the […]

Review: The Market Kitchen, Newbridge

Review: The Market Kitchen, Newbridge

Lunch at The Market Kitchen “They are doing really great stuff over there,” David at The Wine Buff has been raving about The Market Kitchen for months. Located in Michael Murphy’s Home Furnishings shop, it is right in the eye line of my favourite wine […]

Review: Harte’s, Kildare Town

Review: Harte’s, Kildare Town

Harte’s of Kildare “What have you done to him??!” Katie is not happy. It’s my birthday and we are sitting around the table eating. Shane takes a sip of wine (a Monte Tombole Valpolicella Superiore) and observes how spicy it is. His plate is filled […]

Pork Fillet with Middle Eastern Spices

Pork Fillet with Middle Eastern Spices

Pork Fillet with Middle Eastern Spices “What am I going to do with all this food?!” It’s never a nice moment when you realise that your freezer has iced over. I noticed it a few nights ago. Someone had obviously left the door slightly ajar […]

An Pláta Beag

An Pláta Beag

An Pláta Beag “Life without Tapas, is like a heart without love.” – B.K.S. Iyengar Small, sharing plates of food are nothing new. Tapas are thought to date back to the 13th Century in Spain while Meze can be traced right back to Ancient Persia. […]

Tenerife – April 2018

Tenerife – April 2018

Tenerife We do it every year. Just after Easter we head off as a family for a few days. In a time of busy lives, foster siblings and numerous other distractions, it’s nice to get away for a few days with the family. This year […]

Tenerife – Restaurant Recommendations

Tenerife – Restaurant Recommendations

Tenerife Restaurant Recommendations During our recent holiday in Tenerife (blog post here), it would be fair to say we ate like royalty. Restaurants are exceptionally reasonable and, barring the odd mediocre meal, pretty good quality. Here are three of my favourites: Sal Negra, Los Cristianos […]

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 […]