Archive for February, 2009

Chick chick hurray!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

For this week’s Sunday lunch we had a chicken from SuperValu that cost a whopping €2.79! All Supervalu chickens were half price this weekend and upto today (Tues 24th) the offer still stands. That’s not all, along with the chicken were six free tomatoes, one free red pepper and one free green pepper. How good a deal is that?

It’s an odd combination to be giving away and I was half expecting Ainsley Hariott to pop out from behind the newspaper rack and run some kind of guerrilla version of ‘Ready Steady Cook’ but luckily, for both our sakes, his baldy head and eternal happiness were nowhere to be seen.

I roasted the chicken which fed a family of five: mum, dad, two miniatures and a granny. Good deal though, with some lemon spuds and creamed leeks I fed everybody for about €2 a head.

Amicus Restaurant / Cafe, Douglas

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
Kebab Hanger

Douglas Village in Cork is bustling on a Saturday night with loads of reasonably priced places to eat like Barry’s and Eco. Last Saturday we opted for Amicus, where the old Citrus had been in the East Village. We arrived at eight and given a table in the middle of the very busy restaurant. A request for a different table away from the main thoroughfare was entertained but to no avail, everything was booked. No problem.

The menu is big with a good selection of everyday dishes, nothing too exotic or pretentious. Greek Salad (€7.50) to start was fine, regular salad with a feta cheese and olives and a light dressing. Maybe a dash of oil might have given it the something extra it needed. The main course Lamb and chorizo kebab (€17.50) was nice apart from two things 1) It arrived on one of those stupid hanging kebab yokes that makes you look like a clown and 2) With the exception of a dash of yogurt it was served with the same Greek salad I had for my starter. The other diners enjoyed their bruschetta starters, homemade burgers and fish.

Four starters, four mains, a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and four Irish Coffees to finish came to a pretty reasonable €130. Not bad.

Affligem Blond Ale

Monday, February 16th, 2009
Parma Ham, Goat's Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Salad

While the big brands still take most of the off sales in Ireland there is an ever increasing selection of fringe and specialist beers available on the shelves. Some are distributed independently while the big breweries also run their own lines. As part of their International Beer selection Heineken Ireland (based in Cork) are distributing Affligem Blond Ale.

Affligem is a Belgian ale brewed my monks, at least it was once brewed by them, I believe for the last 30 years or so the only thing they have to do with the product is cash the licensing cheque into their monk bank account thus freeing up their time for more silence vows, praying or football. It’s a stong ale both in taste and in alcohol weighing in at 6.8% proof. It’s a cloudy to pour with a very malty taste along with some sweetness. Certainly not a party beer where you chug them down all night, more of a beer for sipping in front of the fire in place of a glass of wine. Refreshing change from the norm but no more than two in a sitting for me.

Parma Ham, Goats Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Salad

Thursday, February 5th, 2009
Parma Ham, Goat's Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Salad

Feb 5th 2009: I’ve updated this to include the wine recommendation below. Apologies for the rehash of an old post but I thought Lar had a great idea to match wines with recipes from different food blogs. It’s a fun way to navigate the different food blogs out there.

Jan 14th 2009: Work has been a bit mental since the new year so I’ve been short on blog time. Aside from trying to figure out how best to cook roast beef I’ve also been pretty short on cook time. The roast beef results will follow, I finally nailed the Yorkshire puddings which is a post and a series of photos in itself, but for now here’s a salad you can fling together in a matter of seconds. It doesn’t have to be long and complicated to be good. Adiós muchachos, vaya con Dios.

Ingredients (for two)
1 Bag of Supermarket mixed leaves
10 fresh sun-dried tomato segments.
6 slices of Parma Ham
1 small pack of crumbly goats cheese. Cabridoux is widely available in Irish supermarkets, anything really, doesn’t even have to be goat’s cheese.
Extra virgin olive oil or Balsamic vinegar

Method.
Place a pile of leaves on each plate. Arrange the sun dried tomato segments around the outside. Tear up the Parma Ham and add onto the leaves. Crumble the cheese on top. Sprinkle with a little olive oil or Balsamic vinegar. Serve with crusty bread etc.

For a wine to go with this check out this post from sourgrapes.ie, excellent idea Lar and thanks!

2008 Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc

That’s all

Irish Blog Awards 2009

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

I am delighted to make the Irish Blog Awards Long List of nominees for the best food/drink blog kindly sponsored by Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board). Its a great thrill and I’ve found some great new sites thanks to the list. Here they are, go and check them out:

Quick Chicken Curry

Monday, February 2nd, 2009
Quick Chicken Curry

We go through phases at home where we cook a lot of curries and then don’t do any for ages. Maybe its time to get back into it while the weather is still nice and cold. Here is a curry recipe I learned from a friend a few months back. It takes about 5mins to prep.

Ingredients: (for 2)
2 chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces.
3 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp natural yoghurt
1 1/2tsp garam masala
1 tsp chilli powder
1 clove garlic finely chopped
2 tbsp mango chutney
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 fresh chilli chopped.

Method
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, add chicken and marinade. Heat some oil in a pan and fry the marinaded chicken pieces. Add extra marinade and water to loosen if needed.