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Roast Chicken with Pepperonata

Roast Chicken with Pepperonata

Roast Chicken with Pepperonata There is something very special about this dish. Everybody has dishes that they come back to again and again and this is one such dish for me. It’s not difficult – it all cooks in one pot and, as long as […]

Wine: Fiano Everywhere!

Wine: Fiano Everywhere!

Fiano A couple of weeks ago we set off for our little Southern Italian adventure honeymoon. Two weeks of touring around the south of the country taking in parts of Puglia, Basilicata and Campania. It’s the first time I’ve really paid attention to the wine […]

The Drink List – Recommended Wines

The Drink List – Recommended Wines

The Drink List Here is a list of my recommended wines and where they can be bought. Although not all are cheap, all of them are good value for the quality on offer and I have bought and tasted all of them. As my focus […]

Review: La Dispensa di Aquatio, Matera, Italy

Review: La Dispensa di Aquatio, Matera, Italy

La Dispensa di Aquatio We aren’t long back from our honeymoon. For this trip, we decided that instead of going to one place, we would rent a car and have a little Southern Italian adventure. We started in Naples airport, making our way across to […]

Wine: Libenzi, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

Wine: Libenzi, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

Italian Whites I’ve always been a red man. Big, beefy, tannic reds have always been my thing. That was until about four months ago when I was trying to pick out the white wine option for our wedding. I knew what the red would be […]

Wine: Nausica, Nero D’Avola

Wine: Nausica, Nero D’Avola

Wine Features Since my first wine class at Ballymaloe Cookery School back in 2016 I was hooked. I had liked wine for a couple of years before that but had never really thought about it. I would buy a bottle, decide if I liked it […]

The Shared Table – Pop-Up Restaurant

The Shared Table – Pop-Up Restaurant

The Shared Table Pop-Up In association with June Fest Newbridge, I’ll be hosting two events at the start of June before we head off on honeymoon. On the evening of June 3rd (bank holiday Monday) join us in Ubh Cafe on George’s St. Newbridge for […]

A Very Simple Sauerkraut

A Very Simple Sauerkraut

A Very Simple Sauerkraut 2019 will be the Summer of fermentation for me. I’m fascinated by it. I have had a few attempts previously – last year I fermented cauliflower, cabbage (for sauerkraut) and chillies and also had a big jug of kombucha on the […]

Winetavern Farm

Winetavern Farm

Winetavern Farm, Co. Wicklow “I was just mad about pigs!” Dermot Allen’s passion is infectious. He’s a big character, full of stories and chat but behind it all is an evident love for what he is doing. Not that he’s been doing it for very […]

Rosemary Stuffed Leg of Lamb

Rosemary Stuffed Leg of Lamb

Rosemary Stuffed Leg of Lamb We are surrounded by sheep. Granted they’re not as close as when we lived on the edge of the Curragh, they are still a daily sighting on the outskirts of Newbridge. It’s a welcome change for me – it’s not […]