ORZOTTO WITH ROAST CHICKEN, PEAS, MISO AND THE KITCHEN SINK

ORZOTTO WITH ROAST CHICKEN, PEAS, MISO AND THE KITCHEN SINK

I’m of the school of thought that a dish’s name should simply be a small list of the top ingredients. But what do you when all the ingredients are as important as each other? You improvise and reference the kitchen sink, that’s what you do. This is a real comfort dish, the orzo cooked in stock looks glossy like normal... Read More

WOMEN OF THE IRISH FOOD INDUSTRY – CLIONA SWAN, DIRECTOR

WOMEN OF THE IRISH FOOD INDUSTRY – CLIONA SWAN, DIRECTOR

Cliona Swan is married to Gianpiero “Piero” De Vallier and together they created, built up and run Pizza Da Piero, a successful business which creates and sells Ireland’s favourite pizza bases! It’s not often I open up a post in this series on the women of the food industry by referring to a woman’s marital status, but I hope that... Read More

BASIC FISHCAKE RECIPE

BASIC FISHCAKE RECIPE

Fishcakes are always knocking in the back of my freezer for a handy lunch or dinner option. You bang them into the oven, make a big green salad with lots of different kinds of allium and maybe some roasted peppers and you have the makings of a superb meal. Fishcakes are one of these dishes that you can really stretch.... Read More

TRADITIONAL FRENCH PAIN D’EPICES

TRADITIONAL FRENCH PAIN D’EPICES

Pain d’epices is a strange but perfect mix between cake and bread, not a million miles away from banana bread in fact. Only with no banana. In my mind, it’s very much a breakfast cake, you eat it sliced thinly with butter spread generously on it. It’s not a wow cake but it is an elegant every day cake. The... Read More

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HASSELBACK POTATOES

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HASSELBACK POTATOES

Hasselback potatoes are gorgeous wee spuds sliced thinly in the width but not all the way down. This allows them to fan out slightly and makes loading or basting much easier but also much more efficient. The fan openings mean that the hasselback spuds are the ideal vehicle for all kinds of goodness. You cook them in the oven and... Read More

PORK AND LEEK STIR-FRY RECIPE

PORK AND LEEK STIR-FRY RECIPE

I’ve become fascinated with Chinese food. I’m not talking about restaurant food 0r take away, no, I’m interested in what people eat at home, how they cook. Given the size of the country the chances to learn are nearly endless. So for now, I’m living for my friend’s Yanping’s insightful cooking instructions. This pork and leek stir-fry came about mainly... Read More

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