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Aoife’s Fantasy Festive Food & Wine Wishlist

It’s that time of year when everyone’s writing lists and checking them twice. My hairdresser has all her presents bought (well, 42 of them) and wrapped. I know: it’s not even December yet, for jeebus-jumpers sake! So, I’ve made a list too. My very own wishlist of what I would love to receive from family, friends or enemies looking to lure me into a false sense of security. I’ll admit that some of them are more realistic than others, but a girl can but dream. So, in no particular order, here follows my Fantasy Festive Food & Wine Wishlist (as it appeared in IMAGEdaily, only with links, and some pix in case my words don’t cut it for you)… Read the rest of this entry

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Thinking inside the pizza box

There’s a time for take-away pizza. And when you find a good operation, you’d better treasure it. I did the other night. It was late, and raining, and I rang my local pizzeria, Il Caffe di Napoli on Westland Row, … Read the rest of this entry

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Cooking for Life January 2011: An Obituary

In many ways the month spent in the light-filled converted warehouse space of Dublin Cookery School seems like a dream. And it was. A dream I had dreamt for some time – to step out of a busy life and into a busy kitchen for a full four weeks…
And what did I take from it? Well, apart from all that has been logged in the 20 postings of this blog, each dedicated to just one aspect of each precious day, I learnt so so much more. To fill in any gaps for those who have been following, here’s a list of some of those things: Read the rest of this entry

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Day Twenty (or, savouring sweet parting)

…what better to eat on the day after the night before than that most casually indulgent meal of them all – brunch – cooked together as one last communal activity.

We grated potatoes and fried them off in little rosti pans, regulating the heat to get the perfect colour, as had now become second nature. We whisked yolks with water over a bain marie, drizzled in melted butter and seasoned our now-Hollandaise sauce with lemon and cayenne pepper… Read the rest of this entry

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Day Nineteen (or, Guess who’s coming to dinner?)

If any of our seventeen guests were coming to dinner expecting Ramsay-style performances (expletive-ridden fireworks, tears shed, knives thrown) they woulda been sorely disappointed. There was plenty of theatre alright, but far less drama. Although in fairness, could anyone have … Read the rest of this entry

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Day Eighteen (or, our own private pizza party)

For such a famously fast food, making your own pizza is something that has to be approached at a leisurely pace – to begin with at least. It only takes a few minutes to knead the 00 flour, yeast, salt, sugar, olive oil and warm water into a soft dough, but the real magic happens when you leave the dough alone for the next hour or two to do its own thing. Read the rest of this entry

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Day Fourteen (or, making the stock pot pay its way)

Making your own stocks, like baking bread and other once-basic kitchen skills, is one of those pastimes that today seems to set the serious kitchen enthusiasts and fully-paid professionals apart from the rest of us hunger-motivated amateurs. I don’t know about you, but when I’m wondering what to cook for dinner, a load of shells or bones isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. And even for those out to impress, starting by scratching that particular stock-itch is seriously impressing. (How often do you see that on Come Dine With Me? I rest my case.) Read the rest of this entry

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Late copy

Right. It has come to my notice that it is almost a week since my last update on the month-long course at Dublin Cookery School, and that I have several days’ worth of reporting to catch up on. Read the rest of this entry

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Day Fifteen (or, hazardous kitchen habits)

Safety matters. Discuss. (Stop yawning down the back.) Seriously, safety does matter (as our talk at the end of Week Three from Eileen Morgan of Food Safety Solutions reminded us). And there’s no surer way to remember a few rules … Read the rest of this entry

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Day Seventeen (or, a knife is for life)

I once got a job as a cook on a 4WD tour of outback Australia (the Kimberleys in the North West of the country to be exact). There was a driver and me, and fourteen passengers. The first thing the … Read the rest of this entry

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