Gregans

Gregans
There’s been a lot of hype around Gregans Castle and head chef Mickael Viljanen and that will probably only increase now he has won the Best Chef in Ireland award at the Irish Restaurant Awards a few weeks ago. Myself and my wife recently made the trip down to Ballyvaughan after booking into the hotel ...

Wild Honey Inn

We made a trip down to Co. Clare recently for a weekend stay in Gregan’s Castle to take the opportunity to taste the much discussed food of head chef Mickael Viljanen in the hotel restaurant but as we were booked in for dinner on Saturday it meant we had to find somewhere to eat on ...

Homemade Black Pudding 8

Homemade Black Pudding
I’m a very big fan of all types of blood sausages, not just Irish ones but also morcilla from Spain, blutwurst from Germany and even an amazing smoked Estonian version that I think is called verivorst. Last year, my wife got Darina Allen’s Forgotten Skills Of Cooking book for Christmas and in it is a ...

Asparagus With Poached Quails Eggs, Black Pudding, Broad Bean Puree And Hollandaise Sauce

I was reading a great post over on I Can Has Cook about the pairing of broad beans with black pudding which is something that would never occurred to me and it gave me the idea for this recipe. Moreover, I’d never tasted the puddings made by Jack McCarthy mentioned so it was a good ...

Faoi Thalamh

A friend of mine is editor for the magazine Hospitality Ireland and recently got an invite to an event being run by Thorntons sous chef Gary Bell which was sort of a cross between a supper club and popup restaurant; knowing how big a fan I am of the restaurant (it’s my favourite place in ...

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 ...

One Pico

One Pico has been recommended to me by several friends but for some reason I’ve never managed to make it in to eat there. I found myself on the website a few weeks ago and noticed they were doing an excellent Sunday lunch deal of three courses for €29; I decided to ring up to ...

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 ...

The Cedar Tree

We were meeting friends for dinner last Saturday night and having planned to go to Coppinger Row we decided to head in early because they don’t take reservations but even at seven o’clock there were no free tables for the next hour and a half so we were forced to change plans. We first tried ...