Naughty or Nice?
Enjoying food is all about balance, so let foodies Aoife McElwain and Aoife Barry give you a naughty and a nice option each week. Choice never tasted so good!
Lasagna for the naughty, lasagna for the nice
NAUGHTY: Lasagna Napoletana with meatballs Since our Irish climate revels in swinging between winter and spring, comfort foods are not out of the game yet. And Lorraine from La Cucina in Limerick takes this comfort food to another level with her Lasagna Napoletana recipe, which looks like your average lasagna until you bite in and find delicious, bite-sized meatballs hiding between the pasta sheets. Divine! See bit.ly/napolatena.
NICE: Veggie lasagna If you're after a lighter version of this warming staple, Lorraine's vegetarian lasagna is certainly a lot less dense than the Napoletana, featuring vegetables instead of meat. Plus, the dairy products can be replaced with dairy-free, vegetarian or low-fat cheese and milk if you wish. All you have to do is roast the vegetables, prepare the pasta sheets and sauce and you're good to go. See bit.ly/veggielasagna.
EVENTS FOR THE NAUGHTY...
Fab Food Trails offers weekly walking tours of foodie Dublin, with tours in the south east and Galway available on request. There are also cooking days, where you can learn more about Thai and Japanese cuisine, as well as chocolate. Join FFT’s chocolatier Benoit Lorge on April 9 for a workshop where you will get to taste and make some delicious chocolates.
EVENTS FOR THE NICE
If the nearest you’ve come to enjoying live music with a meal has been chomping on burgers at a Radiohead gig, then this is the event for you. In the surrounds of Rathmullan House at Lough Swilly, Co Donegal, the Martello Piano Quartet will perform at a special lunch on Sunday, April 10, at 1pm. An allinclusive ticket costs €35; quartet- only tickets €15. The money goes to Donegal Hospice.
FOODIES TO FOLLOW:
Ever wondered what a waiter is thinking of you as they pour your wine? Manuel The Waiter offers a often caustic view of the general public, coming from his experience in an undisclosed Belfast eatery. Follow him on Twitter and his blog, Well Done Fillet (www.welldonefillet.com), for food stories and more.
Don't read Mary Doyle’s tweets when you're hungry. The owner of Petite Treats, a Dublin-based, vegan, made-to-order cake company, keeps us up to date with her latest products, as well as conversing about all things vegan. You won't find anything artificial in her goodies — she only eats and prepares food that's good for your body.