An Index to Ocean Veg (erm, seaweed)

An Index to Ocean Veg (erm, seaweed)

Our dear Oprah is already a massive fan of these ocean vegetables. We Irish seem to think it’s only useful for deflecting annoying children on the beach. In fact, seaweed is full of anti-aging nutrients and disease-fighting lignans. Check this out! Sea veggie’s cargo of calcium is great for bones, without the artery-clogging effects that […]

Millet Mash

Millet Mash

Ever tried it? Millet is the sort of food the Smurfs might eat – full of bounce and sufficiently mythical. Think creamy couscous meets blank canvas. It loves a spice with muscle, and is garlic’s most faithful mistress.     This grain is best known for its nutritional chops, and not for its timid taste. […]

Oven-Roasted Chickpeas with Caramelised Banana and Cavolo Nero

Oven-Roasted Chickpeas with Caramelised Banana and Cavolo Nero

Cavolo Nero is the George Clooney of cabbages – tall, svelte and suave. Its short and pudgy cousin goes into hibernation from July to October when the cavolo reigns. Health divas have already dubbed this Dark Green Leafy as Tuscan kale, with its Italian sophistication and unlikely elegance. The cavolo may have already slammed curly […]

Soft Goat’s Cheese Salad with Cherries & Toasted Tamari Seeds

Soft Goat’s Cheese Salad with Cherries & Toasted Tamari Seeds

Have you a low tolerance to dairy? You needn’t quarantine it from your diet entirely, or tell every waiter in Ireland about it. Give goat’s cheese a go. The fat globules in goat’s milk appear to be smaller than cow’s milk, making it easier to digest. There’s also less lactose in goat’s milk – not […]

how to cook polenta

how to cook polenta

Once in a while we flirt with polenta, like Colin Farrell with Elizabeth Taylor. It’s not serious, but it loiters on our hit list.     Polenta has the creaminess of mashed potato, with a pinch of unfamiliar excitement. That might be the yeast flakes talking, giving flavour-bombs to everything it touches. Potatoes will still […]