Fiyyel Wat (Ethiopian Goat Stew) 4

Fiyyel Wat (Ethiopian Goat Stew)
In part two of a one part series I never expected to write I thought I’d share another recipe I cooked over the weekend to take advantage of the last of the goat in FXB’s. This time it’s from Ethiopia and if my research hasn’t steered me wrong I think I’ve got the name correct; ...

Chicken Consommé With Broad Beans And Peas

Chicken Consommé With Broad Beans And Peas
Ever since reading Harold McGee’s article about a simple method for making incredibly clear consommés I’ve been wanting to try it but it’s only in the past few weeks that I’ve got a chance to do so. I say the last few weeks because I’ve done quite a few experiments over the course of the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...