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!
Foodies to follow: For the home cook: @Kitchen71: The tasty-looking website, www.kitchen72.com, features recipes from a Dublin kitchen, brought to you by David — a talented home cook and photographer. Follow him for inspiring ways to transform simple ingredients into inspiring meals.
For the brunch club
The Liberty Grill (www.liberty grillcork.com) on Washington Street, Cork, is a restaurant that cares — the proof is in how its owners run its Twitter account. They engage with customers and have even created delicious new dishes because of feedback. That’s real customer service for the 21st century.
This coffee-based dessert is a devilishly simple way to finish off a dinner party. To serve four, brew about 200ml good-quality coffee. Divide a 550g tub of the best vanilla or chocolate ice cream you can find into four bowls or small cups. Pour a shot of the coffee over the ice cream and serve immediately, with an Amaretti biscuit on the side.
Banana ‘ice cream’
If you get ice-cream cravings but can’t or don’t eat dairy, there are a few options open to you — but they usually cost a pretty penny. So how about a low-fat, dairyfree, fruit-filled ice cream that you can make at home? Sure, this isn’t quite as creamy as the real thing, but it really hits the spot and counts as one of your five a day. Take two ripe bananas (or as many as you have to hand) and chop into pieces. Lay the slices on a baking tray and freeze for an hour. When frozen, put into freezer bags and back into the freezer. Then, when the icecream craving strikes, take at least one portion of frozen banana and place in a blender. Add a few real vanilla beans or vanilla essence for an extra indulgent touch, and blend until the frozen banana is transformed into a ‘softserve’ style dessert. Delicious with the addition of a few frozen strawberries.
This week is Bord Bia’s National Organic Week, from September 12-18.
There are various events taking place to celebrate, such as organic tastings at the new Very Healthy Food café on Douglas Street, Cork (September 14), farm tours at Beechlawn Organic Farm in Galway (September 10), and a foraging walk-run by Castlefarm Shop in Athy, Co Kildare (September 17). See tinyurl.com/organicweek.
But it doesn’t have to be all nice. See bit.ly/blackcurranticecream for a wickedlooking blackcurrant cheesecake ice cream, which you can make from organic ingredients.