Recipes

Shredded Sprouts with Prosciutto

Shredded Sprouts with Prosciutto

Shredded Sprouts with Prosciutto I’ve cooked Christmas dinner in our house for the past four years and for each of them I’ve been trying to cook sprouts in a way that I could enjoy eating them. Although not a fan of any vegetable growing up, […]

Glazed Christmas Ham

Glazed Christmas Ham

Glazed Christmas Ham I’m sitting in Con’s sipping my fourth pint of the black stuff. I’m not a big drinker and with pint number four comes the merry feeling that only pints on Christmas Eve can give you. It’s a rather slow walk stumble home […]

Porchetta

Porchetta

Porchetta There is palpable tension in the air. As Shane munches away on his box of Ritz, two Lazio fans are becoming irate just a couple of rows behind us in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. Torino are leading by three goals to two and, from what […]

Roast Squash Soup

Roast Squash Soup

Roast Squash Soup I’ve never fully appreciated the beauty of Autumn until recently. When I was a teenager, Autumn was a season best avoided as it signaled the return of school, colder mornings and shorter, darker evenings, and although it also marked the return of […]

Roast Carrots with Cumin Seed

Roast Carrots with Cumin Seed

Roast Carrots with Cumin Seed It’s well and truly Autumn now. There is a chill in the air and despite not having the greatest Summer on record, the difference in the past few weeks has been obvious. I have been slowly phasing out my Summer […]

Tomato and Sea Salt Focaccia

Tomato and Sea Salt Focaccia

Tomato and Sea Salt Focaccia It’s hot, unbearably so and we’re walking through the wild medieval style streets of Bari’s old town. It’s a tough place to get your bearings. Even at just one square km, its narrow winding streets mean that google maps has […]

Flatbread

Flatbread

Flatbread It’s National Bread Week this week but I’m in the somewhat unusual position of avoiding carbohydrates as far as possible. A Summer (more like a year) of over-indulgence has seen my waist line expand to horrendous levels while my stall selling bread at The […]

Spaghetti with Crab

Spaghetti with Crab

Spaghetti with Crab It can be a daunting task. Taking a living creature, dispatching killing it in your preferred manor and cooking it. That is before breaking through it’s tough exterior, removing the “dead man’s fingers” and scooping out as much flesh as you can […]

Stuffed Courgette Flowers and a Fritto Misto

Stuffed Courgette Flowers and a Fritto Misto

Stuffed Courgette Flowers and aΒ Fritto Misto “I have a present here for you.” It’s a sunny Saturday morning and I’m rushing around Naas Farmer’s Market as I’m due to work in Newbridge in an hour. Dominic of Castleruddery Organic Farm, is in great form. His […]

White Yeast Bread

White Yeast Bread

White Yeast Bread The baker kneads incessantly and puts the loaves in the fire. His head is in the middle of the fireplace. His son holds him by his legs. Should they slip out of his hands, the father would fall into the fire – […]