Cookery demonstration: Spice Up Your Life


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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3 Responses

  1. Karina says:

    Hi Caroline. If my memory serves be correctly, you do a lovely beetroot and fennel soup. Any chance you could post the recipe? Thanks a mill!

  2. Ger says:

    Hi Caroline,Best of luck tonight at your cookery demo. I am sureit will go great. I have cooked Caramelised Plum Upsidedown Cakeit turned out grea. My kids loved it. I have started cookingagain. Thanks for the inspiration I just needed a wake up call!We are planning on get hens next spring. Can you letme know what kind of house you have for your 3 hens – as we don’twant to spend too much on the house but we would love to geta house that we can move around the plot we want to put them on.Again enjoy tonight.Ger

  3. Caroline says:

    Karina – that is a soup that Cristin makes but I’m trying to recreate it at home at the moment. Will let you know how I get on.Ger – great to hear that you’re enjoying cooking again! I’m glad that the cake went down well with your family. It’s yummy for desert when it’s warm and makes a great come-again cake after it has cooled down.Regarding the hens, we got our hen house and run last year from Fingerprint Wood Products and it cost me almost €500. It’s been brilliant, easy (for the Husband!) to move around the garden and we never have had any problems with foxes getting into it although I know that they’re around.If you don’t want to spend that, you could try picking up a cheap shed and, if you have someone handy around the house, customising it for your hens with a few perches and nesting boxes, and setting up your own run with some chicken wire outside. Or just let them free range. We did a mixture of both, keeping them in the run when we weren’t around but letting them out as much as possible.Whichever option you choose, definitely do get the hens. They’re wonderful to have about the place and you’ll never want to touch a shop bought egg again! Best of luck with it and let me know how you get on.

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