I've been tagged by Lo over at Peef and Lo!
1. Last Movie I Saw In A Movie Theater?The Sex and the City movie... I HEART MR BIG
2. What Book Are You Reading?The Moab is my Washpot by Steven Fry, amazing story of his first 20 years... also over shoulder re-reading Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, my favorite book which Bill is now reading but getting sick of my "what bit are you at?" daily quiz.
3 -Favorite Board Game? Scrabble because I'm a show-off and a sesquipedalian.
4. Favorite Magazine?Olive, Good Food, In Style.
5. Favorite Smells?Permenant markers... Baby breath...
6. Favorite Sounds? I love the sounds in Dublin zoo...Oooo ooo aaah sqwauk (TRUMPET).
7. Worst Feeling In The World? Sleeping it out... I hate that!
8. First Thing You Think of When You Wake? THank god for that, I didn't croak it then!
9. Favorite Fast Food Place? Eddie Rockets, all the way!
10. Future Child's Name? I have enough already thank you...
11. Finish This Statement—“If I Had a Lot of Money, I'd be able to do the fantastic.
12. Do You Drive Fast?Never - its not worth it.
13. Do You Sleep With a Stuffed Animal? Not unless we've been out for a steak dinner! .
14. Storms—Cool or Scary? Fork lightning - cool, sheet lighning - mammy!.
15. What Was Your First Car?1988 Austin Metro. Favorite Drink? Mmmm mmm cold cold Pinot Grigio.
17. Finish This Statement—“If I Had the Time, I Would…... learn to play the guitar better.
18. Do You Eat the Stems on Broccoli? Of course.
19. If You could Dye your Hair Any Other Color, What Would It Be? Its been every colour but I love it now, Red.
20. Name All the Different Cities In Which You Have Lived? Dublin, Seville, Palma...
21. Favorite Sport to Watch? Cricket
22. One Nice Thing About The Person Who Sent This To You? I love the bravery of her cooking.
23. What’s Under Your Bed?J.R.R.Tolkien has written about it I'm sure....
24. Would You Like to Be Born As Yourself Again?Definately.
25. Morning Person or Night Owl? Both - I love being awake...
26. Over Easy or Sunny Side Up?I'm Irish so I don't know what that is!!
27. Favorite Place to Relax?In the country. Ciaras.
28. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?I like vanilla... it inspires me to create something to go on the side!
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Take time to check out her blog while you're there, its great!
Goats and sheep cheese are becoming more popular in Ireland of late, but they have always been staples here. Sheep do better on these sheer slopes, and there is little grass land to do a dairy cow any justice at all. So the majority of local cheese is made from sheep milk, artisan produce, all at a reasonable price too. Ricotta can be delivered to your door every morning for barely 50c, and in the supermarket a hunk of mature sheep milk cheese with a texture similar to cheddar, but pale as stone, will be barely €2...
Gnocchi al forno
500gms of fresh gnocchi
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
3 tbs philidelphia cheese
1 medium fresh mozzarella ball
Salt and pepper
Cook the gnocchi according to the pack, strain and add to an oven dish. Chop the onion, and chili as small as you're bothered to... and crush the garlic. Add to a bit of olive oil in a pan and cook until translucent. Add the tinned tomatoes and heat through, melting the cheese in bit by bit. Season. Pour over the waiting gnocchi, and place slices of the mozzarella on top. Bake in a hot oven until cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.
125mls fresh cream
5-6 tbsp icing sugar
1 shot of Kahlua
about 20 Saviordi biscuits (Ladyfingers)
1 cup of esspresso coffee
Whip the cream lightly and then stir in half the Kahlua and 2 tbsp of the icing sugar. Add the marscapone and stir until a creamy paste. Pour the rest of the Kahlua into the cup of coffee. Line the dish with half the biscuits and sprinkle with some coffee. You want the biscuits moistened but not soaked. Top with half the cream mix, and then top that with more biscuits. Sprinkle the remainder of the coffee over the layer and top with the rest of the cream mix.
Grate chocolate or sprinkle cocoa powder, chill until its nice and cold.
I am a wally! I didn't upload the picture of the finished product onto my little USB stick! Thats why there is none, I'll try to get it uploaded soon!
It was a jokey thing with a friend of hers, to make beans and add bits and pieces, and to make them with love, and so the beans became beloved.
We eat 'Beloveds' all the time in our house, and it is basically any dish of beans made with love!
My favorite way to prepare them is as follows,
1 tin of your favorite beans, ours are Cannelini or Flageolet Olive oil
Half an onion, chopped
1 Garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp of worcestor sauce
Couple pinches of cayenne pepper
Handful of parsley (sometimes coriander if I have it for a very different result! if doing this add a squeeze of lemon juice!)
Salt and pepper.
Stir the following in a pan until the onions are cooked. We get everyone to stir and tell the beans they love them (great way to get kids to eat them!). Serve on toast.
We barbequed these pork chops (4 for less than 4 euro!) after rubbing them with lemon, salt and garlic. I made traditional Italian Rosemary roast potatoes, and fried green beans in olive oil with sliced garlic. A little dressing of balsamic, honey and oil and the meal was complete.
See my recipe for Panzanella salad here!
I am going to bestow on you now one of those recipes that I have thought about posting but there was never a time that felt special enough, as this recipe is probably the one you will simultaenously thank me for while also beating me over the head with your licked clean spoon wailing "I will ne'er eat nothin else"!
OVER 18s ONLY!
2 teaspoons bicarbPinch salt
4 and a half teaspoons cream of tartar
75g unsalted butter diced300ml milk1 large pear
Caster sugar and flaked almonds for sprinkling.