Beef, Stout, Hazelnuts, Wild Mushrooms, Potato Three Ways 5

Beef, Stout, Hazelnuts, Wild Mushrooms, Potato Three Ways
Bord Bia is running a competition where you have to create a meal that you would cook for a foreign friend if they were coming to visit and explain the thought process involved. The idea is to show Irish produce at its best so I’ve chosen mainly common staples along with a few foraged ingredients ...

Rabbit And Mushroom Stew 2

Rabbit And Mushroom Stew
It’s a shame we don’t eat more rabbit in Ireland, especially as doing so might help reduce the millions of euro worth of damage they do to farms every year. Unfortunately, people seem to have become very sentimental about what are essentially vermin and now a far better source of cheap protein than, say, battery ...

Wild Mushroom And Truffle Tagliatelle

Wild Mushroom And Truffle Tagliatelle
When I was in Verona awhile back I visited a fantastic shop selling all sorts of salume and cheeses; I found a beautiful cotechino which we had for New Year’s as is the tradition (with Castelluccio lentils I brought back as well) but something else we bought were white and black truffle slices in oil. ...

Dashi

Dashi
When discussing Japanese cooking it seems to have become customary to focus on its nutritional composition especially how relatively low fat it is;  I find it strange to celebrate a cuisine for what it doesn’t contain, rather than what it does and for me the most remarkable facet is the way the Japanese have managed ...

Bullit De Peix 3

Bullit De Peix
As I mentioned last week, I’m just back from a holiday in Spain (specifically, Ibiza) and one of the local specialities there is a fish stew called bullit de peix. There’s one particular restaurant called El Bigote which is famous throughout the island for its version, in fact, aside from a mixed platter of grilled ...

Lamb With Artichokes, Minted Pea Puree, Girolles and Elderflower Jus 2

Lamb With Artichokes, Minted Pea Puree, Girolles and Elderflower Jus
On a recent holiday to Spain I went to one of the supermarkets hoping to get some bacalao to replenish my stocks at home but unfortunately they had none; however, whilst trying to find that I walked by lots of lovely baby artichokes and as they were only €4 a kilo I bought a bunch ...

Lamb Meatballs With Spaghetti

Lamb Meatballs With Spaghetti
This recipe was inspired by a really good main course we had in Coppinger Row at the start of the summer, a normal meatball and linguine dish was given a great twist by using mint instead of the usual basil in the tomato sauce. I’ve swapped the beef with lamb given its affinity for mint ...

Flowers And Vegetables

Flowers And Vegetables
This was inspired by a Rick Stein clip I saw on TV this Saturday where he cooked an incredible mixture of fresh Mediterranean vegetables to serve alongside tuna steak with salsa verde. When I went to look for the recipe online I couldn’t find it so I just used the basic foundation – potatoes, courgettes ...

Warm Smoked Mackerel Salad With Beetroot And Gooseberry Vinaigrette

Warm Smoked Mackerel Salad With Beetroot And Gooseberry Vinaigrette
I was meant to post this a few weeks ago and only for a helpful reminder in the comments section I would never have gotten round to writing it down. Unfortunately though, now gooseberry season is pretty much over it might be hard for anyone to use the recipe until next summer! However, I do ...

Scallops With Salt Cod Puree, Broad Beans, Pancetta And Sherry Sauce 2

Scallops With Salt Cod Puree, Broad Beans, Pancetta And Sherry Sauce
When I was in Spain last September I bought some bacalao in the grocery shop near our hotel to bring home with me to Ireland. It’s a good thing it lasts so long because nearly a year on it’s only now that I’ve managed to use it. I originally planned on making brandade but the ...