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Month: March 2011 (page 1 of 4)

The TaytoRiCo Challenge

Potato galette

Potato galette: the 'tayto' part of the deal

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s TaytoRiCo.

Say what?

Potatoes, rice, coconut and a late night conversation on twitter, ideas zipping between Jenni of Pastry Methods and Techniques in North Carolina, Tracey of Tangled Noodle in Manila and my good self in Dublin. With a tip of the hat to each of our food loves, we concocted the idea of making a dish with spuds for me, rice and coconut for Tracey and (could it be done?) something sweet and pastry-like for Jenni. Thus #TaytoRiCo was born.

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Spud Sunday: Wholly Mackerel

Mackerel potato rolls

Irish 'sushi': presenting the mackerel potato roll

Sushi, and more particularly the notion of eating raw fish, is not something we’re especially used to in Ireland.

We like our fish cooked or, at the very least, cured or smoked. In fact, for an island nation, we are often guilty of underappreciating the quality and range of fish on our shorestep. Take mackerel – cheap, full of flavour, and with the extra brownie points that come from being sustainable. Popular with the Japanese either raw or salt-cured as a sushi fish, I thought I’d give mackerel and the sushi roll an Irish interpretation which involves (a) cooking the fish first (I’m Irish, remember) (b) replacing sushi rice with potatoes (well, obviously) (c) using the cooked mackerel skin as a wrapper instead of seaweed, though seaweed does feature, in the form of dillisk added to the potatoes.

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Pop Goes The Wine Course

Spot of bubbly, anyone? Well, I am in the mood for celebrating, after all.

I’ve spent the past couple of months topping up my knowledge of all things vine-related with study for a WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Intermediate Certificate, which culminated with a final exam last night. The WSET course (ably presented by Maureen from Premier Wine Training), has taught me, among other things, that this champagne from Bruno Paillard is really a rather good one to celebrate with.

Champagne Bruno Paillard

Champagne Bruno Paillard

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