Archive for September, 2009

Green With Tomatoes

My tomatoes never ripen very much. Not that it really matters, because they’re still good for a batch of green tomato chutney.

Spud Sunday: Soup in Season

Bord Bia kindly sent me a basket bulging with seasonal vegetables & the 1st thing on my agenda was potato and leek soup

Stirred, not Shaken

A real pleasure to learn the ways of a classic dry martini and be introduced to the delightful grapefruit julep at a Finlandia vodka cocktail masterclass with the Soul Shakers

Spud Sunday: My Favourite Spud

When Bord Bia’s Best in Season website asked me to write about my favourite spud, I was happy to oblige – so here he is, Mr. Sharpe’s Express himself…

Multi Cultures

Food may not be the first thing you think of when someone mentions culture, but it’s an important part of the concept all the same. It was the upcoming culture night festivities which put me in mind of same…

Spud Sunday: Pressure Cooking

When Bord Bia announced a new season potato recipe competition, I was more than pleased with my entry of potato, cheese and onion mini-pies. And so, apparently, were they…


A most enjoyable few days at the Ballymaloe cookery school, learning a few things about baking with Rachel Allen…

Spud Sunday: Mostly Local

I’m all for eating local but I’d be hard pressed to give up those things that we can’t produce locally, like olives and olive oil. It helps to know that I can source such things from Tony Hartley, someone with a real connection to the local producers in Spain.