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!
CHEESY & CREAMY GRATIN VS BROCCOLI BAKE: NAUGHTY: Cheesy and creamy gratin Heat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6. Heat 1 tsp olive oil and fry 200g smoked bacon or pancetta for five minutes.
Add two sliced onions and cook for 12 minutes. Put 800g of thickly sliced potatoes into a pot and bring to the boil, then add 1kg of cauliflower, cut into florets. Boil for seven minutes. Drain well. Prepare 100g grated Cheddar cheese and 250ml double cream. In a gratin dish, create a layer of potato and cauliflower. Sprinkle a bit of the bacon and onion, and a handful of Cheddar. Pour over a splash of the cream and season. Repeat until your layers are complete, then sprinkle with grated nutmeg. Bake for 30 minutes. See bit.ly/gratins for more delicious gratins.
NICE: Broccoli and chickpea bake For a healthier meal, try a vegan broccoli and chickpea bake from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s ‘Appetite for Reduction’. Take 1lb broccoli, cut into large spears; 10 cloves garlic, smashed; 1 can chickpeas; 2 tsps olive oil, ½ tsp salt; black pepper; 2 tsps lemon zest; 1½ tsps dried oregano and 1 cup vegetable broth. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C and put the broccoli, chickpeas, and garlic in a baking pan and drizzle with oil. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the broth. Toss to coat, then pop in the oven. Flip after 15 minutes, then return for another 15 minutes. Add the vegetable broth, then bake for 15 minutes or until the garlic is nice and tender and the broccoli is browned in places.
Events for the naughty...
Ireland’s Bealtaine Festival takes place this month, celebrating creativity in older age.
Courtesy of Access Cinema and the Irish Film Institute, this year’s feature film of the Bealtaine Film Tour is ‘Julie & Julia’. So what’s naughty about all that? On May 17, Tara Walker from The Tasty Tart (www.thetastytart.ie) will be giving a cookery demonstration at 1pm in the Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co Louth before the screening at 2pm. If you’re over 55, you can attend both events free of charge. See www.bealtaine. com.
A bookshop that sells food? That’s the aim of Solidarity Books on Douglas Street in Cork city. It offers books on alternative politics and lifestyles, but also has one eye on its customers’ grumbling bellies. On Fridays, it sells all-vegan food at its Veg Out Café from 7-9pm at its base at 43 Douglas Street. All they ask is a suggested donation of €5. See www.solidarity books.org.
Crowe's Farm in Dundrum, Co Tipperary, takes family farming to a whole other level.
Specialising in unbelievably tasty artisan bacon products, the Crowe's farm-to-fork
operation is handled by a member of the family at every stage, whether that be handrearing
or packaging. Follow them on Twitter or visit www.crowefarm.ie.
Interested in food politics, ‘health washing' and other food issues? Then, you'll find
much of interest in Michele Simon's tweets. Michele is a public health lawyer, writer
and advocate for food justice, and her book, ‘Appetite for Profit’, exposes food-industry
marketing and lobbying.