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Tenerife – April 2018

Tenerife – April 2018

Tenerife We do it every year. Just after Easter we head off as a family for a few days. In a time of busy lives, foster siblings and numerous other distractions, it’s nice to get away for a few days with the family. This year […]

Tenerife – Restaurant Recommendations

Tenerife – Restaurant Recommendations

Tenerife Restaurant Recommendations During our recent holiday in Tenerife (blog post here), it would be fair to say we ate like royalty. Restaurants are exceptionally reasonable and, barring the odd mediocre meal, pretty good quality. Here are three of my favourites: Sal Negra, Los Cristianos […]

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, […]

The Death of Flavour, Texture and Good Meat

The Death of Flavour, Texture and Good Meat

“Jaysus, I’d love a goose…..” “It brings me back to when I was a young fella.” I don’t consider my granddad an emotional man so the hint of a tear in his eye is quite surprising. I’m not long finished at Ballymaloe Cookery School and, […]

There’s More Than One Way To Cook Vegetables

There’s More Than One Way To Cook Vegetables

There’s More Than One Way To Cook Vegetables It’s Sunday. Sundays for us were all about routine. My Dad would get up pretty early and fire up the grill. My Mam wouldn’t be too far behind him while my brother and I would be calmly […]

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 […]

Review: Hey Donna, Rathmines, Co. Dublin

Review: Hey Donna, Rathmines, Co. Dublin

Hey Donna February – how is it the end of February?! I tend to hibernate for the first couple of months of the year. After the madness of Christmas (at work and at home), it’s nice to ease slowly back into things before finally coming […]

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 […]

January Farmers Market Minestrone

January Farmers Market Minestrone

Farmers Market Minestrone Although I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, I have been making a concerted effort to visit the farmers market since the turn of the year. Last year may have seen me finally adapt to a more seasonal diet but I […]

Review: The Fatted Calf, Athlone

Review: The Fatted Calf, Athlone

The Fatted Calf “Oh it’s lovely but make sure you book it……” my Mother is always full of restaurant recommendations whenever Ali and I head away for a few days. Sometimes her recommendations work out a treat but there have been a couple of occasions […]