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 Cottage Market in Newbridge has only confounded the problem. As a bit of a challenge, Ali and I have decided … Continue reading Flatbread

Puglia, August 2017 – Lecce

Ali and I have visited lots of Italian cities in the middle and north of the country over the past few years (Rome, Florence, Bologna, Pisa, Turin), so we felt it was time to explore the southern regions! Originally I was researching a holiday in Sicily but leaving it quite late in the year to book, it was too expensive for us. Puglia is a … Continue reading Puglia, August 2017 – Lecce

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 find. Fresh crab however, is a beautiful thing. Dressed simply, it’s a luxurious treat that, although labour intensive, is actually … Continue reading Spaghetti with Crab

Review: Canteen, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Canteen Sometimes it’s difficult for a restaurant to live up to expectations. Difficult but not impossible. I’ve wanted to visit Canteen for a long time. I first heard about it in Catherine Cleary’s review in The Irish Times back in July 2014 (read it here) and it’s been on my list of places to go ever since. Blackrock isn’t the easiest place for me to … Continue reading Review: Canteen, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Squash, Rocket and Goats Cheese Salad

Squash, Rocket and Goats Cheese Salad I’ve always loved a good barbecue. Growing up, they were a big event in our house. We didn’t have too many of them and so when we did, we went all out! Being Irish, the most important part of the barbecue was always the meat. Our family of 4 would easily go through a pound of sausages, 4 burgers, … Continue reading Squash, Rocket and Goats Cheese Salad