Sincere aplogoies for the lack of blog posts recently, its been a busy month but thats no excuse!
Firstly I was down at Ballymaloe Chef Factor Party, it was so much fun, met my idol Darina, she’ s amazing really & truly inspirational. We stayed in Ballymaloe house which was beautiful, the night was great fun with lots of laughs and amazing food, there was little shot glasses of soup, pea & bacon, thai chicken & bloody mary tomato then the site of a pig on a spit welcomed us with a roaring fire on such a cold evening(just before the start of the first snow fall), followed by a fantastic cheese board, with one of my favourite Mossfield Organic Cheese & also sticky toffee pudding. Cully & Sully do it in style it was also great to meet other foodies.
Last week I went to the Cookbook club dinner in Ely, where the host chef was Domini Kemp with her new “itsa cookbook”, I had the Crabcakes with lemon & caper salsa, Blackened Salmon with spiced aubergine which had amazing flavours & then to follow the Mini Molten Chocolate Cake. Oh and there were amazing Evil Cheese Puffs as appetizers which were fantastic. I would definitely recommend this book & if you’re looking for a christmas present for non-foodies & foodies alike its a great book.
In between which I was at the Tannery Christmas Baking Course, where we made mincemeat, mince pies, christmas cake & yummy cranberry amaretti which i have made since & eaten them all myself, but these would be a great gift to give to friends over Christmas or have with a glass of mulled wine or cup of tea.
Finally, I have been baking Christmas cake, mince pies, making Jamie Oliver’s ”get-ahead” gravy, which I can’t wait to have on Christmas day. On the Christmas RTE guide, Catherine Fulvio’s recipe mushroom & pancetta stuffing balls sound amazing. www.rte.ie/food/2010/1122/roastpheasant.html
While in the Sunday Times Gizzi Erskine’s recipe for Lucsa’s Creamed Savoy Cabbage with Nutmeg sounds like a great alternative for those of us who aren’t big fans of the traditional Brussel sprout.
Happy Christmas & Best Wishes in 2011.