In which I review this year’s crop of Irish-published cookbooks, w/ books on beef, salmon and seaweed; books by bloggers; books by chefs; from instructional cookery school tomes to coffee table collections and most things in between;
It all boils down to soup in the end, with beetroot and potato soup made from the spoils of a visit to to Midleton Farmers’ Market and to Barnabrow House in East Cork, where chef Stuart Bowes is making his mark
A visit to the Boyne Valley to see the production of John Rogers’ Newgrange Gold rapeseed and camelina oils is crowned by lunch showcasing the oils as devised by Jeni Glasgow and Reuven Diaz of Drogheda’s Eastern Seaboard
In which I attend a fish masterclass and sample a new fish-based menu at Dublin’s Cliff Town House, and also have some chips to keep me happy
Potato Milk Jam à la Heston Blumenthal – a kind of dulce de leche flavoured with roasted potato skins – was certainly one of the more unusual potato recipes to cross my path this week, so of course I gave it a go.
There was boxty aplenty at a cookery demo in Gallaghers Boxty House, which included boiled, baked and pan versions of the traditional Irish potato dish, and a lunch menu featuring different versions of boxty for all 3 courses
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud marks 30 years in business with the launch of a new book and I, for my part, give their recipe for salmon with tandoori gnocchi and sorrel sauce a whirl.
Having watched Thomas Keller’s wonderful ‘take it slow’ approach to the BBC Saturday Kitchen omelette challenge, I wonder if it isn’t time for the omelette challenge to just pack up and go…