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 […]

Fresh Burrata with Peaches, Basil and Black Pepper

Fresh Burrata with Peaches, Basil and Black Pepper

Burrata sounds like the bastard child of a Mexican tortilla and a Korean fungus, which couldn’t be further from the truth. This artisan cheese is, excusez-moi, a beefed-up cousin of buffalo mozzarella. Cheese is rarely on my radar, but this burrata lark is rather special. It was born out of good Catholic frugality in Puglia […]

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 […]

Strawberry Gazpacho

Strawberry Gazpacho

We already know the devious effects of chilli on our body – stinging lips, raised temperature and a torrent of happy endorphins. Combine this with the sweet juiciness of strawberries, and we’ve got ourselves a situation. No need for a caffeine fix today. This gazpacho will blow open your senses. Lately I’ve been consumed by […]

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 […]