Pete’s Perfect Portion 5

Toonsbridge Dairy – Buffalo Ricotta Toonsbridge Dairy is a very exciting dairy farm in Macroom Co. Cork. In the Spring of 2011 they brought 31 buffalo from Italy and since then have been perfecting the art of making mozzarella cheese. Recently they have expanded their range of cheeses to include ricotta and haloumi. I picked up a tub of the ricotta from The Real Olive … Continue reading Pete’s Perfect Portion 5

Spaghetti with Bacon, Chilli and Garlic

I have a number of favourite spaghetti recipes to call upon when I have less than ten minutes to cook a meal. One of my favourites is also the simplest; Spaghetti with Olive Oil, Garlic and Chilli. It’s full of flavour and is very quick to prepare. Taking that as my basis, I wanted a recipe that included some bacon. There can never be enough … Continue reading Spaghetti with Bacon, Chilli and Garlic

Pete’s Perfect Portion 4

Antipasti Platter from the Convent Tea Rooms, McAuley Place, Naas, Co. Kildare On Saturday night I was mixing the sound for the wonderful duo of Luan Parle and Clive Barnes in Naas Arts and Culture Centre at McAuley Place in Naas. Halfway through the gig Tony (the events manager) stuck his head in the door with a tray of goodies for us to munch on. The … Continue reading Pete’s Perfect Portion 4

Spicy Beef Pitta with Mozzarella and Hummus

My local butcher shop is a great place. It’s even better when they’re offering two pounds of round steak mince for the price of one. I had gone in for some of my favourite sliced meat, beef tongue, when I spotted the deal sheet on the counter. I decided it was too good to turn down and talked myself into buying a pound of pork … Continue reading Spicy Beef Pitta with Mozzarella and Hummus

Pete’s Perfect Portion 3

Penne with Homemade Cashew Nut Pesto I like to make sure there’s always home made pesto in the fridge. It’s a very versatile ingredient that lends itself perfectly to a rushed dinner. I heated it in a pan with a little extra virgin olive oil and then added some cooked penne pasta. Simple, quick and delicious.The pesto was a mix of cashew nuts, basil and … Continue reading Pete’s Perfect Portion 3

Review: Rachel’s Garden Cafe

Rachel’s Garden Cafe Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow Today, Ali and myself headed off on a mini tour of Carlow taking in Carlow Town, Ballon, Leighlinbridge and Bagenalstown. On the way home we began to feel a little peckish and stopped off at the award winning Rachel’s Garden Cafe, located in the Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven just outside Leighlinbridge. The cafe is very large but with high … Continue reading Review: Rachel’s Garden Cafe

Pete’s Perfect Portion 1

After four weeks of ‘Highs and Lows’, I’ve realised that sometimes I just don’t eat anything terrible to write about! On Ali’s recommendation I’ve decided to change it to “Pete’s Perfect Portion” and only include a low when there is one – here is this week’s perfect portion: Medium Spicy Chicken from Nando’s, Swords On Saturday, Ali and I took a trip to Swords to … Continue reading Pete’s Perfect Portion 1