Meat Dishes

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, […]

Croquetas de Jamon with Garlic and Smoked Paprika Mayo

Croquetas de Jamon with Garlic and Smoked Paprika Mayo

Croquetas de Jamon I’ve always loved croquetas. Whenever I go for tapas they are always the first item I order. Along with patatas bravas, they epitomise the tapas experience – bite sized, flavourful and perfect with a beer. Despite being a big fan of the […]

Harira Soup

Harira Soup

Harira Soup February, the beginning of Spring. The Sun is just starting to make inroads into our lives again as the frost vanishes, not to be seen for another 9 months. Who am I kidding? My phone is telling me that it’s -2 degrees outside […]

The Ultimate Turkey and Ham Pie

The Ultimate Turkey and Ham Pie

The Ultimate Turkey and Ham Pie The fridge is heaving with leftovers. Christmas is a time for extravagance and gluttony but most of us cook far more than we are ever going to need. Despite freezing the legs and one breast from our massive turkey, […]

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 […]

Matuffi – Layered Polenta and Ragu

Matuffi – Layered Polenta and Ragu

Matuffi I often find myself conflicted over many things in my life and partake in little self dialogues. Tea or coffee? A walk in Killinthomas Woods or on the Curragh? Watch a movie or waste away playing Football Manager? One of my chief self dialogues […]

Roast Duck with Potato and Fennel Stuffing

Roast Duck with Potato and Fennel Stuffing

Roast Duck with Potato and Fennel Stuffing I’m chatting on the phone on a dreary January day; the signal is so bad in my house that hail, rain or shine I’m forced outside to take a call. “I do the free-range ducks now too”. I’d […]

Buglione – Tuscan Lamb Stew

Buglione – Tuscan Lamb Stew

Buglione – Tuscan Lamb Stew I love lamb – actually I love all meat! I’m drawn to food with a strong, robust flavour and I find that lamb gives me exactly what I want. It’s probably for this reason, that many other people dislike lamb. […]