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 is whether or not to cook “beautiful” food. It’s not something I have much interest in but the more I … Continue reading Matuffi – Layered Polenta and Ragu

Pork Hock with Lentils and Beans

Pulled Pork Hock with Lentils and Beans Aggressive, rude and manly. The three words that come to my mind when I think of ham hocks. They’re full of flavour and extremely versatile, great at enhancing any soup or stew. I hadn’t come across their unsalted cousin before buying a butchered half pig last year. It had been left languishing in my freezer while all the … Continue reading Pork Hock with Lentils and Beans

Slow Cooked Spare Ribs

Slow Cooked Spare Ribs  Spare Ribs have always been a firm favourite of mine. There was a time, not too long ago, that myself and Ali would find ourselves in Judge Roy Beans every Friday for a rack of them. A rapidly expanding waistline may have curtailed my binge eating but my love of ribs will always live on. Many restaurants will cook their ribs overnight … Continue reading Slow Cooked Spare Ribs

Dogs in Cages?

Bord Bia are currently filling our airwaves with ads encouraging us to buy and eat Irish Pork. Their quality assurance scheme ensures that “farmers are audited against a range of standards including animal health; welfare and traceability; water and feed……” All of this serves to ensure that the Irish public knows thinks that the animal they are eating has led a reasonable life and has suffered … Continue reading Dogs in Cages?

Pete’s Perfect Portion 13

Roast Pork with Crackling Sandwich – Poulet Bonne Femme, Avoca, Rathcoole Last Thursday I found myself in Newcastle, Co. Dublin around lunch time. I had been thinking of getting something to eat in the village and then it clicked with me; Avoca is just two minutes away! I’m a big fan of Poulet Bonne Femme. Their roast chicken sandwich has been my favourite lunch time … Continue reading Pete’s Perfect Portion 13