The Temple Bar Summer Sensational, which started yesterday and runs until Sunday, is serving up a feast for the senses in and around Dublin’s Temple Bar. The festival menu, put together by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust, is bursting with drama, music, art, film, comedy, dance and, well, vegetables.
Yesterday evening, as part of the festival, Cirque de Légume dished up what was by far the most creative and entertaining vegetable medley I have ever seen. Here’s the recipe.
Cirque de Légume
- 1 head of cabbage
- 1 large carrot
- 2 large leeks
- 3 large red chillies
- 3 small red chillies
- 1 potato
- 1 small beetroot
- 1 artichoke
- 1 large Spanish onion
- 2 spring onions
You’ll also need:
- 2 clowns, complete with red noses
- Pretend that your cabbage is a dog or other small, snappy animal.
- Entice your cabbage/dog to jump for a bone that looks amazingly like your carrot.
- Take your leeks and what remains of your carrot, wield as you would the banderillas of a bullfighting matador.
- Make your bull eat the carrot. As you do.
- Joust using your large red chillies as fierce weapons.
- And be careful. Those small red chillies are the sharpest of knives.
- Hold a potato in your mouth, awaiting the throw of a chilli knife.
- Amaze your audience when, in one high-speed movement, you split the potato and catch the chilli knife between your teeth.
- Now demonstrate the power of your beetroot to hypnotise.
- Use your hypnotic power with care. It could have extreme consequences for your cabbage/dog.
- Now you will magically swallow your carrot several times until you produce a jar of chopped carrots, which you will later (obviously) feed to your pet seal.
- After that, you will seductively strip away the layers of your onion and eat some of it. Raw.
- Don’t forget to demonstrate the versatility of your artichoke as both a microphone and percussion instrument.
- And for your grand finale, rev it up with some latin vibes – play those spring onions and give it loads.
- One belly full of excellent entertainment.