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Lovely leftovers, currytastic style

I’ve always had a certain love for leftovers. Cold pizza is a favourite, for breakfast preferably, when the texture of the previously melted and now regrouped cheese offers a very particular if slightly peculiar comfort. This weekend I discovered another surprisingly moreish leftover breakfast dish, when we wrapped some juicy, just-cooked Superquinn sausages into reheated roti bread, cushioned them into place with some cold dahl and moistened the lot with raita. Not bloody bad! Of course, the hangover was probably a crucial ingredient, perhaps even more so than with cold pizza (which I would eat almost any morning). But on Monday night I did even better work on the leftovers from Saturday’s currytastic dinner party. I had a generous portion left of my take on Rick Stein’s Madras fish curry. Below is my version… Read the rest of this entry

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Curry and beer, Co Louth style

The makings of Ma Chanda's chicken curry

Last weekend I went to the unlikely location of Ardee, Co Louth to learn more about the kind of cooking you might find on the streets and in the homes of Bangladesh. (Read on for details of this Thursday’s Bangladeshi street food and Irish craft beer night – or this autumn’s Bangladeshi cookery classes which will keep off in September.) Read the rest of this entry

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Of curries and kiwis: two takes on a cucumber salad

Last Saturday I needed food to warm me up and set me right. As wrong as it might seem to be craving curry just two days after midsummer’s day, the rain and grey were putting heat into my mind. So I bought myself a shiny aubergine… Read the rest of this entry

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Nothing but an onion

Traditionally used as a dip for bread and olive oil, za’atar is a tangy herb mix (oregano, thyme, sumac and sesame seeds). It made a really tasty addition to my mushroom risotto, made with the ends of a couple of packets of dried porcini and shiitake mushrooms rescued from the back of the cupboard. I added the za’atar once the onions had started to soften and sweeten nicely, and before I added the soaked mushrooms followed by the carnaroli rice. Read the rest of this entry

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The mother of all soups

  Isn’t there something they say about necessity? and mothers? Well if you’re like me, you probably aren’t a big fan of recipes. I mean they have their place and all. I like to read them, just not necessarily while … Read the rest of this entry

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Fish can be cheap as chips

Lemon sole with herbed green rice

It occurred to me that lemon sole is one of those fish I tend to overlook, maybe cos the fillets can be very small and are often overcooked and bland. I popped by my nearest fish counter on the way home and picked up three fillets for €1.60. When I got home I wrapped them in foil with some of the gnarlier bits of a fennel bulb, a few wedges of lemon, lots of black pepper and a little olive oil, and preheated the oven to about 200C.

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A happy Valentine’s day dinner

It’s a funny old day eh? It’s supposed to be about celebrating romantic love but so often just becomes about stirring discontent. If you want to know who to blame, you don’t have too far to look – St Valentine’s remains lie waiting for inspection in Dublin’s Whitefriar Street Church. Read the rest of this entry

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Happy New Year!

Last Monday I was busy up in Sandyford’s China Sichuan helping celebrate the start of the auspicious Year of the Dragon, a year last night’s waiter explained is associated with luck granted or received from external sources. Read the rest of this entry

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My Christmas 2011 food highlights

Good food’s not just for Christmas you know. With this in mind, I thought I’d share my fond reminiscences of some of the highlights of a quite delicious fortnight. You might like to seek out some of the flavours herein. Bloody good they were too… Read the rest of this entry

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A cheerful lunch for a bright day

It looks like Michael D will be Ireland’s next President, so I was feeling pretty cheerful as I rooted through my cupboards and fridge, deciding what to lunch on, listening to the consistent returns from across the country. One big … Read the rest of this entry

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