Archive for March, 2009

Demy – The Digital Recipe Reader

Monday, March 30th, 2009
Lemon Spuds

If you are like me and keep recipes on bits of paper torn from newspapers then you probably won’t be interested in kitchen gadgets. However, between, my laptop, my USB key and binder full of paper I suddenly have multiple locations to keep recipes which is a constant source of annoyance to Mrs Messy-Chef (what isn’t?). Maybe I should think about getting a Demy?

The Demy looks like some form of iPhone/Kindle hybrid that will store your recipies, will link to new ones via a single website ( and suggest replacement ingredients if you find yourself short.  It also has other useless features like timers and converters. I’m thinking if you think a Demy would be useful for you then you already have an array of timers and a digital scales that will do the converting for you. I’m not convinced.


Yassi’s Lemon Spuds

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
Lemon Spuds

As messy-chef is proud to serve and because JD asked nicely then it’s time to post the Lemon Spuds I mentioned in the post about SuperValu doing cheap chicken (pun intended). It’s actually Yassi’s recipe, not mine, so I’ll give her the credit.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Ingredients: (for 2)
5 or 6 potatoes cut into wedges or cubes.
Juice of two lemons
Rind of half a lemon
2 Teaspoons of Thyme
1 Teaspoon of Oregano
6 cloves of Garlic, peeled and cut in two
1 Onion sliced.
1 glass of water

Combine all the ingredients in a dish and mix well. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and bake in the over at 180C for 90mins or until the potatoes are cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending on how think the potatoes are cut.

Does exactly what it says on the tin

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

The Society for the Appreciation of the Lowly Sardine (S.A.L.T) contacted me yesterday to tell me I may be interested in their blog. Really? Heck, if I get something in an email it must be true, just look at all the friends I have in Nigeria. A blog dedicated to nothing but sardines must be a tough job but to be fair they have plenty of content up since January. Worth a look? You decide.

I also got a mail telling me where I can purchase naked pictures of Jennifer Aniston. Isn’t the internet wonderful.

Blasta Restaurant, Newtonmore, Scotland

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
Blasta Restaurant Newtonmore Scotland

This week messy-chef goes international and I find myself transported to deepest Scotland and the wee Highland town of Newtonmore. For anybody who hasn’t been to the area is it one of the best kept secrets around, an absolute haven for the outdoor type with walking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain-biking, kayaking, clay pigeon shooting, smoking, drinking and a wealth of other healthy stuff but let’s not worry too much about that, check out the visitaviemore for more.

During the stay we visited Blasta in Newtonmore. A small restaurant in the middle of the village that was quiet on a Friday night, but then again I think everything in Newtonmore is quiet on every night, its just that kind of place. Surroundings were nice with paintings from local artists on the walls. The five of us had a spacious table and were seated with drinks and menus in no time. Food choices were uncomplicated, four starters and five mains, with enough variety to leave you wondering what to have. Starters were well received, home-made mushroom soup with truffle oil or the melted brie being the popular choices. The rosemary bread was also fantastic. A medium Ribeye steak (£17.50) for my main course was perfect, pink and full of flavour. The fish was also well received. Again, nothing fancy or over the top, just good food cooked to perfection.

A round of deserts to finish with rich sticky toffee pudding (£4.75) shading the vote over the novelty of the Affogato (ice cream, espresso shot and a liqueur of choice – £5.25). Service was friendly and attentive without being in your face and the price of the meal for five with one round of drinks and two bottles of wine came to £160 (about €180) excluding tip which is superb value compared to what we are used to in Ireland.

Pizza Delivery In Newtonmore
Newtonmore Pizza Delivery