Broccoli, Peas, Broad Beans, Samphire, Radish, Sorrel, Hazelnut 2

Broccoli, Peas, Broad Beans, Samphire, Radish, Sorrel, Hazelnut
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a more technically demanding recipe, mainly because most of the new things I’ve been trying haven’t produced good enough results and weren’t worth writing about. I’ve been experimenting a lot with modernist techniques like reverse spherification and it’s just taken me a while to become somewhat comfortable using ...

Orecchiette With Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Asparagus And Broad Beans

Orecchiette With Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Asparagus And Broad Beans
This began life as a Nigel Slater linguine and basil recipe from his excellent Kitchen Diaries cookbook to which I added some purple sprouting broccoli I had lying around in the fridge. The broccoli didn’t quite work with a long ribbon like pasta though so I decided to merge the dish with one I’ve posted ...

Nettle And Wild Garlic Quiche

Nettle And Wild Garlic Quiche
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding pastry and as someone who’s never been much of a baker I have admit I find the topic a bit intimidating. A big problem for me has been consistency: while the basic ratio for shortcrust pastry is a 2:1 mix of flour to fat I always found myself having ...

Rabbit Ragu, Polenta, Orange Gremolata 8

Rabbit Ragu, Polenta, Orange Gremolata
A while back I was reading a great post on Gunter Nation which included a recipe for a slow cooked rabbit ragu with Bill particularly recommending serving it alongside polenta. This suggestion gave me the perfect excuse to attempt an outrageous recipe from the Balthazar cookbook that friends brought me back from a trip to ...

Nettle Soup

Nettle Soup
As you may have noticed it’s nettle season at the moment but this time, unlike last year, I lazily bought mine in the Temple Bar Farmers Market instead of foraging them myself. Although there are lots of similar recipes around for this soup I thought I’d post my one because rather than the usual thickening ...

Butter Roasted Root Vegetable Curry 2

Butter Roasted Root Vegetable Curry
March can be a pretty dreary time of year, all the good things about spring and early summer like asparagus, board beans and jersey royals aren’t in season yet and purple sprouting broccoli aside there’s not much variety until at least the middle of April. So what happens is you find yourself falling back yet ...

Butter Bean, Morcilla and Chorizo Stew 5

Butter Bean, Morcilla and Chorizo Stew
This meal was borne of a larder full of dried ingredients that are always handy to have on standby for when you haven’t had a chance to do the week’s shopping. The reason there’s such a Spanish feel to the recipe is because I used the last of some chorizo and morcilla a friend of ...

Pasta E Fagioli…In A Pressure Cooker

Pasta E Fagioli…In A Pressure Cooker
There are probably hundreds versions of this recipe online and I normally wouldn’t post something you can readily find elsewhere but there are a couple of things different about my version. The most obvious one is that I use a pressure cooker but it’s not for convenience, it’s because it allows me to cook the ...

Smoked Ham Hock, Parsnip And Split Pea Soup 2

Smoked Ham Hock, Parsnip And Split Pea Soup
Ever since I read on the Stitch And Bear blog about Byrne’s in Phibsborough selling smoked ham hocks I’ve wanted to pay a visit to get some for making this soup but it was only last Saturday that I finally got a chance to visit the shop. It’s actually a remarkable place, the first thing ...

Mutton, Cider, Chicory, Leeks, Pickles

Mutton, Cider, Chicory, Leeks, Pickles
Mutton is probably the most under-rated meat there is and it’s such a shame that it’s fallen out of fashion so badly: only quite recently Irish stew would have been made with a much older animal rather than the far more expensive and less robust tasting lamb. It’s pretty much impossible to find nowadays without ...