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Spud Sunday: The And Game

There’s this game that I play sometimes a lot. It’s called the “and potatoes” game.

I look at an ingredient and wonder just what I can make involving said ingredient and potatoes. This does not, as you might imagine, always have a successful outcome.

Case in point: strawberries and potatoes (which, to be fair, even I thought a bit of a stretch).

I had strawberries on the brain since attending a demonstration in Bord Bia, where the charming Catherine Fulvio from Ballyknocken Cookery School talked us through a host of different ways with strawberries, which are just coming into season hereabouts.

There was strawberry millefeuille with mascarpone, strawberry shortcake, prosecco mixed with blended strawberries, and much else besides (though, frankly, the perfect strawberry doesn’t need much, other than perhaps a touch of sugar and some cream). Tellingly, there was nary a mention of spuds.

Catherine Fulvio cooks with strawberries

Catherine Fulvio shows the many ways with strawberries, none of them involving potatoes

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A Highly Spirited Affair

The invitation went something like this:

Dear Spud,

Hennessy would like you to come and sample some cognac and cocktails. Thursday, 3.30pm. You free?

Yours etc.

Notwithstanding the fact that I am not much of a brandy drinker, I recognise free drink when I see it the need to go forth and sample such things for the greater good of my readers. Besides, I am fond of brandy butter, brandy snaps and I’ve even been known to have the odd brandy alexander, so it’s not like I had a massive aversion to the task at hand.

Seeing Hennessy in a new light

Seeing Hennessy in a new light

So, with my sampling boots on, I headed off for what turned out to be quite an educational affair (honest, guv).

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