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 ...

Samphire

Samphire
I was in Kish Fish yesterday buying some red mullet for lunch and I noticed that they were also selling samphire which is a big favourite of mine. Unfortunately, it was priced at a quite outrageous €15/kg but since you only need about 100g for two people I didn’t mind too much and with a ...

Mackerel With Parmesan Crust, Horseradish And Pea Sauce And Roast Mushrooms

There’s a supposedly unbreakable rule in Italian cooking that says you are never meant  to mix seafood and parmesan although like many of these things it appears to be entirely arbitrary; I read an article about this by Heston Blumenthal years ago but only recently did I look more closely behind the science of why ...

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 ...