Monthly Archive: September 2010


Leon: Naturally Fast Food by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent

Leon: Naturally Fast Food by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent

Since the first Leon cookbook arrived at the cottage, it hasn’t been allowed to leave the kitchen. Crammed with whole food ideas and healthy, seasonal dishes, all the food is tempting and very, very tasty. The Indian Parsnip Soup is one of those recipes that is in constant rotation, Little Missy loves the Sweet Potato Falafel and there’s always a stash of smoked fish in the fridge for a Magic Mackerel salad.


Food Events

Eat Cork

There’s a veritable feast of great food events on in the next while…Eat Cork: 23 to 26 SeptemberIf last night’s launch in the English Market was anything to judge by, there will be plenty of good eating and drinking around Cork over this weekend. A tasting menu in Augustine’s Restaurant, food trails and foodies on foot, big and small bites (€5 and €3 respectively) at the food market on Grand Parade, an assortment of English Market workshops at Market Lane, a gala dinner with Ross Lewis (Chapter One) and Pat Kiely (Les Gourmandises) and, my favourite, a Spread the (sourdough) Culture competition. Lots to eat and do around town. More information: Eat Cork on Facebook.


Black pudding festivities in Kanturk

Black pudding fans Martin Shanahan, Isabel Sheridan, Tim McCarthy and Avril Allshire

Remember I mentioned in April that McCarthy’s Butchers in Kanturk took gold at at the annual awards held by La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin in Normandy? Well, that medal is coming home to Kanturk tomorrow when La Confrérie, the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Black Pudding, arrive for a full regalia Pudding Parade at 5.30pm down Strand Street to the Main Street.


Vegetarian Cookalong: Greek Bean and Tomato Stew with Feta

Greek Bean and Tomato Stew with Feta

A bag of butter beans on the kitchen shelf was the inspiration for this month’s Irish Foodies’ Cookalong. Soaked overnight, then thrown into the pot by themselves – or with some onions, carrots and celery – for about an hour the next morning, the beans needed little attention other than checking the water level every so often. And that’s the hard work done for this Greek Bean and Tomato Stew, which is based on a recipe by great Australian cook Jill Dupliex. The rest of the prep just involves making a simple tomato sauce, adding the beans and serving with some feta sprinkled over.


Beer and curry at O’Brien’s in Lismore

O'Brien's Chop House, Lismore

Events at O’Brien’s Chop House in Lismore are very well done. Long tables with lots of random strangers (who turn out to be anything but after a few minutes talking), food served family style in large dishes, beer and wine on the tables for self service: it’s all very relaxed, terribly well organised and enormous fun. That’s why the Husband and I leaped at the last minute chance to go along to a Beer and Curry Feast there last Friday.