Spaghetti with Prosciutto and Mascarpone

Spaghetti with Prosciutto and Mascarpone Pasta with Ham and Cheese? Surely I’ve lost my mind and mixed the contents of my lunchtime sandwich with some pasta and pretended to be a genius. Not quite. This is yet another example of the simplicity of Italian food. I like this dish as it reminds me of the Irish version of the classic carbonara. In Italy the carbonara … Continue reading Spaghetti with Prosciutto and Mascarpone

Roman Style Beef Rolls

Roman Style Beef Rolls “Mof Mof” – Minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour. Antonio Carluccio’s famous approach sums up Italian cuisine perfectly. I’ve always been a fan. My favourite childhood dish – Spaghetti Bolognese or Pizza (neither of which happened to be particularly Italian, as it turns out!). There was always something about the Italian approach to food that enthralled me. It’s deceptively simple, it’s … Continue reading Roman Style Beef Rolls

Caragh Nurseries and The Thyme Coffee Shop, Caragh, Co. Kildare

Caragh Nurseries and The Thyme Coffee Shop Yesterday Ali and I took a spin out the road to check out Caragh Nurseries (facebook) and the Thyme Coffee Shop (or the Train Carriage Café as it is more affectionately known). Caragh Nurseries is a plant and tree nursery with a large range of stock, enough to excite even the most ardent gardener. I’m not much of a … Continue reading Caragh Nurseries and The Thyme Coffee Shop, Caragh, Co. Kildare

Review: Jamie’s Italian

Jamie’s Italian Dundrum, Dublin 16 Last Monday, Ali and I headed for Dundrum to see Asif Kapadia’s brilliant new documentary “Amy” about the life and untimely death of troubled singer Amy Winehouse. We decided to try Jamie’s Italian while there as we had been meaning to for the past couple of years. Jamie’s Italian is part of a chain of restaurants by TV’s favourite celebrity chef … Continue reading Review: Jamie’s Italian