Pete’s Perfect Portion 9

The Double Decker Sandwich from Chat ‘n’ Chew, Newbridge. Chat ‘n’ Chew is a homely cafe at the top of Newbridge sandwiched between McCormack’s Butchers and Nick’s Fish. It’s very homely and the staff, particularly Yvonne (the owner), are always friendly and bubbly. I would consider it my local, great for a chat and a coffee or full lunch. The double decker sandwich is a … Continue reading Pete’s Perfect Portion 9

Whole Chicken Pt.3: Sweet Chilli Chicken Wrap

After 8 portions over two days it’s hard to believe that the humble chicken is still giving. We have only used the breasts so far and now it’s time to put the legs and wings to good use. This is a very simple dish but it completely elevates the chicken to new heights. It’s important to use the legs and wings rather than breasts as … Continue reading Whole Chicken Pt.3: Sweet Chilli Chicken Wrap

Whole Chicken Pt.2: Chicken and Vegetable Risotto

After the delicious spaghetti with tomato sauce of part one, I’m going to continue on the Italian theme to use up the two breasts from our still untouched bird. Most of the time risotto dishes tend to be of the vegetarian variety, wild mushroom, garden pea etc. but my two favourite are risotto with chicken liver sauce and this one which uses up any bits … Continue reading Whole Chicken Pt.2: Chicken and Vegetable Risotto

Whole Chicken Pt.1: Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

There’s nothing like a bit of frugal cooking! Cheap cuts and pantry staples often come together to form delicious meals that can have far more flavour than something that costs ten times the amount. This can also extend to getting the most out of an expensive ingredient by using it to its full potential. This is part 1 of 3 of my favourite ways to … Continue reading Whole Chicken Pt.1: Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Pete’s Perfect Portion 8

Sausage Roll from Mary-Kathryn’s Deli, Kildare Town Mary-Kathryn’s Deli is a delightful little deli shop situated on Academy Street in Kildare Town. It’s a little off the main street but it’s well worth seeking out for it’s wonderful food. I’m not even going to attempt to describe the sausage roll I had from here last week, it was just perfect. Perfect pastry, perfect filling and … Continue reading Pete’s Perfect Portion 8

Pete’s Perfect Portion 7

Anna’s Dairy – Handmade Goat’s Cheese Another trip to Naas Farmers Market, another great cheese to bring home. Anna’s Dairy is a small stand at the entrance to the market on the left hand side. Up until recently she specialised in hen and duck eggs but a few weeks ago she unleashed a new product on the unsuspecting public. Anna’s Dairy Handmade Goat’s Cheese isn’t … Continue reading Pete’s Perfect Portion 7

Review: Farmgate Cafe

Farmgate Cafe The English Market, Cork City After a gig in Dublin with Marc O’Reilly and a drive to Cork afterwards last Wednesday night, Thursday morning was always going to be a write off. I eventually awoke after midday with a raring hunger that only a massive sandwich could fill. Myself and Al (Jones, Marc’s lead guitarist) plodded into Cork City in search of sustenance. The … Continue reading Review: Farmgate Cafe

Pete’s Perfect Portion 6

Tandoori Chicken – Jaipore Indian Restaurant, Newbridge. On Saturday I spent my afternoon in St. Conleth’s Park in Newbridge watching both Moorefield and Sarsfields setting up another county final showdown by beating Celbridge and Athy respectively. I didn’t really have the time or energy to cook so Ali and I agreed that a takeaway from our favourite Indian restaurant was in order. I went in … Continue reading Pete’s Perfect Portion 6