Ultra-slow Cooked Turkey 1

Last Christmas I cooked Christmas dinner for my family with a lovely free range turkey from Crowe’s in Tipperary but what I didn’t know is that my parents had got one too as a gift from a supplier who they use for their shop (my dad, in true Italian style, runs a chipper). Of course, ...

Nettle Gnocchi With Cream And Pancetta Sauce

Another trip to the Phoenix Park to get more wild garlic also yielded a great haul of nettles, far more than I got last time so I had to figure a way of using them up; I was reminded of a lovely meal I had in Croatia a few years back that featured nettle gnocchi ...

Nettle And Wild Garlic Risotto With Horseradish 3

After such a long and harsh winter it’s nice to see that spring is finally here, the days have got longer and the bitter cold of the past few months finally seems to have passed; the hungry gap of March is over and there’s lots of great vegetables starting to come into season. Something I’ve ...

Red Gurnard With Carrot Ribbons, Roast Fennel And Beurre Noisette 4

Red Gurnard With Carrot Ribbons, Roast Fennel And Beurre Noisette
I was reading a post over at Holy Mackerel that prompted me to finally try red gurnard because I knew I’d be in Kish Fish over the weekend. As it’s a less popular and more sustainable species one of the great things about it is the price: I managed to get four very nice fillets ...

Lamb And Fennel With Garganelli 1

Lamb And Fennel With Garganelli
We had some fennel leftover from a risotto I made this week and I figured since the spring lamb season is upon us again I’d combine the two. I generally much prefer lamb from the end of summer or coming into autumn that’s had a chance to graze on pasture because it has a more ...

Chickpea And Chorizo Stew 2

My review of L’Enclume is taking a lot longer than expected so I thought I’d just put a post up about a nice easy midweek dinner I often make. There’s always a bit of chorizo in our fridge and some tinned tomatoes and chick peas lying around so this recipe is very handy for the ...

Veal Stock…In A Pressure Cooker 2

Veal stock is not something you see many recipes for never mind cooked in a pressure cooker so given the lack of information online I thought I’d write a post about how I make mine. I’d been wanting to try this method ever since I read an article about it in the Guardian years ago ...

Chicken, Walnut and Tarragon Pasta

Chicken, Walnut and Tarragon Pasta
I’ve had a few people say to me before that chicken and pasta are never paired in dishes in Italy and if we’re talking about topping with a full chicken breast  for no reason other than to add some protein to the meal then they’re right. But I definitely remember eating the combination in my ...