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Circus Of The Vegetables

Temple Bar Summer Sensational

Sensational indeed.

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.

Cirque de legume chilli in mouth

Wrap your laughing gear around Cirque de Légume

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.

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Cirque de Légume

You’ll need:
  • 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
The Steps:
  • Pretend that your cabbage is a dog or other small, snappy animal.
  • Cirque de legume cabbage

  • Entice your cabbage/dog to jump for a bone that looks amazingly like your carrot.
  • Cirque de legume cabbage carrot

  • Take your leeks and what remains of your carrot, wield as you would the banderillas of a bullfighting matador.
  • Cirque de legume leeks carrot

  • Make your bull eat the carrot. As you do.
  • Cirque de legume eating carrot

  • Joust using your large red chillies as fierce weapons.
  • Cirque de legume jousting chillies

  • And be careful. Those small red chillies are the sharpest of knives.
  • Cirque de legume small red chilli

  • Hold a potato in your mouth, awaiting the throw of a chilli knife.
  • Cirque de legume potato

  • Amaze your audience when, in one high-speed movement, you split the potato and catch the chilli knife between your teeth.
  • Cirque de legume small chilli in mouth

  • Now demonstrate the power of your beetroot to hypnotise.
  • Cirque de legume beetroot

  • Use your hypnotic power with care. It could have extreme consequences for your cabbage/dog.
  • Cirque de legume eating cabbage

  • 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.
  • Cirque de legume magic carrot

  • After that, you will seductively strip away the layers of your onion and eat some of it. Raw.
  • Cirque de legume spanish onion

  • Don’t forget to demonstrate the versatility of your artichoke as both a microphone and percussion instrument.
  • Cirque de legume artichoke

  • And for your grand finale, rev it up with some latin vibes – play those spring onions and give it loads.
  • Cirque de legume spring onions

The Variations:
  • Endless
The Results:
  • One belly full of excellent entertainment.


  1. Chef E

    Sounds like fun to me! Play with your food in the funniest way!

  2. sarah

    Oh! My! Goodness! How hilarious. I wish I had thought of it myself! :)

  3. Daily Spud

    Chef E: super fun indeed!

    Sarah: it was the simplest of ideas, really – probably all the funnier for that :)

  4. Tangled Noodle

    [LOL] That’s a recipe for hilarity! I lack the appropriate tools (the only clown in my kitchen has four legs, no red nose but large floppy ears) so I will have to tuck this recipe away for later. 8-D

  5. Daily Spud

    It’s a good one to stash away TN – you never know when it will come in handy :D

  6. Lori

    Circus of the vegetables – love it! You don’t get much better than healthy food as entertainment.

  7. Daily Spud

    Couldn’t agree more Lori!

  8. Sophie


  9. Daily Spud

    my thoughts exactly Sophie!

  10. valentina

    Oh that is brilliant!!

  11. Daily Spud

    Thank you Valentina – if you ever get the opportunity to see them for yourself I can highly recommend!

  12. Hazel Fortune

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpfYt7vRHuY This is possibly an even more creative use of vegetables?

    Come and hear the Senza Sordini string (not vegetable) quartet at the Happy Pear in Greystones fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation on Sunday 22nd August from 1-3pm.

  13. Daily Spud

    Hazel, that vegetable orchestra is fabulous (and yes, possibly an even more creative use of vegetables) – thanks so much for the link. And I’ve love an excuse to visit the Happy Pear – not sure if I can make it that day but I will keep the event in mind!

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