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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 – […]

Castleruddery Organic Farm

Castleruddery Organic Farm

Castleruddery Organic Farm “Are these lemons waxed or unwaxed” – it’s about five years ago and I’m way out of my comfort zone. I’ve just read in a Darina Allen book that I must use the zest of unwaxed lemons only and I’m having trouble […]

Newbridge Cottage Market

Newbridge Cottage Market

Newbridge Cottage Market Town Hall, Saturday 3rd of June @ 10am There have been many attempts to set up markets in Newbridge over the past few years. George’s St. was home to a weekly food market for just a couple of months after the Newbridge […]

The Mermaid at Ramore, Portrush, Co. Antrim

The Mermaid at Ramore, Portrush, Co. Antrim

The Mermaid It’s not always easy to find a nice restaurant when you’re away. TripAdvisor, while helpful, can often just send you to the cheapest eatery serving mediocre food. Locals have their favourites based on the item they order all of the time or even […]

Assassination Custard, Dublin 8

Assassination Custard, Dublin 8

Assassination Custard It’s been on my radar for a long time. “You have to try this place, it’s amazing” – Emma of Gaillot et Gray (where I worked as a baker) uttered the guts of a year ago. I had been meaning to go when […]

The Firehouse, Delgany, Co. Wicklow

The Firehouse, Delgany, Co. Wicklow

The Firehouse Bakery Easter holidays. Ali’s two weeks off from teaching coincides nicely with a quiet two weeks of work for me and we have plenty of time together to look forward to. We are also fortunate that the weather is good – a nice day […]

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 […]

Lunch at The Candied Walnut, Naas

Lunch at The Candied Walnut, Naas

The Candied Walnut I’m wickedly hungry. Having stayed up until almost 3am watching “The People vs OJ Simpson” on netflix, I eventually manage to drag myself out of the bed at 11.30. I have a coffee but it’s too late to have something to eat, […]

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 […]