Recipes

Stuffed Courgette Flowers and a Fritto Misto

Stuffed Courgette Flowers and a Fritto Misto

Stuffed Courgette Flowers and a 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 – […]

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 […]

Risotto con Porcini

Risotto con Porcini

Risotto con Porcini I find that we (the Irish) are not great for eating mushrooms. I’m not entirely sure why but I think our natural scepticism may have something to do with it. It’s for the same reason that your Mother would cook the chicken for […]

Winter Minestrone Soup

Winter Minestrone Soup

Winter Minestrone Soup Winter still hasn’t really taken hold. I know this because the beer I’m storing in the shed is rarely at a drinkable temperature – it still needs an hour in the fridge. It’s January, the beer should be frozen, let alone cold […]

Pasta with Beans

Pasta with Beans

Pasta e Fagioli Winter has yet to rear its ugly head in any meaningful way. The weather has stayed mild, the leaves have remained on the trees and the cooler Autumnal air has only recently made an appearance. I’ve held off on big hearty stews […]

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. […]

Sweet Cucumber Pickle

Sweet Cucumber Pickle

Sweet Cucumber Pickle I was a difficult child when it came to food – a nightmare for my parents. I was the child that refused to eat ANY fruit or vegetables, claiming an infinite dislike without ever having tasted them. Despite my 180 degree turnaround […]

Spinach and Ricotta Frittata

Spinach and Ricotta Frittata

Spinach and Ricotta Frittata I’ve got too many eggs. To some people that may not be possible but it is for me. I get egg-ed out quite easily, I’m not sure why but I will go through phases of eating them everyday followed by a […]