Foodie news: Aoife McElwain icanhascook.wordpress.com
ADD A SPLASH OF COLOUR TO YOUR PLATE: Since we’re in the midst of purple sprouting broccoli season — at its best between February and April — now’s the perfect time to give this glamorously coloured vegetable a go.
It can be cooked in the same way as regular broccoli, but to avoid a watery, school-dinner style stodge, it’s highly recommended that you roast rather than boil your broccoli, purple sprouting or not.
Try this recipe: Put a whole broccoli head in a roasting tin, drizzle some olive oil over the top, season, and sprinkle some chopped garlic over it. Then roast the veg at a high heat in your oven for around 15 minutes, or until tender and crispy. Serve as a side to fish and meat dishes, grating lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice over the lot. Check out Cooking With Dia for two gluten-free and vegan ways to prepare purple sprouting broccoli (bit.ly/diapurplebroccoli), or visit the Good Food website for a cheesy purple sprouting broccoli, leek and almond tart (bit.ly/sproutingbroccolitart).
Keep an eye out for the vegetable at local farmers’ markets to ensure seasonality.
THIS TUESDAY gives us all the justification needed to eat pancakes, which is always a treat, even if the practicalities behind this tradition have long since been made redundant thanks to the invention of refrigerators.
Why not try something new this Shrove Tuesday? New York-based food blog Smitten Kitchen has lemon ricotta pancakes with sauteed apple (bit.ly/SKricottapancakes), or you can go savoury with crispy bacon and mushroom pancakes (bit.ly/baconmushroompancakes. Coeliacs and vegans don’t have to miss out, either.
Check out bit.ly/wrightfoodpancakes for gluten-free buckwheat pancakes or bit.ly/GFcornmealpancakes for gluten-free cornmeal pancakes. Finally, the website www.pancakerecipes. net provides inspiration for both sweet and savoury crêpes.
Ever thought about illustrating your recipes? Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell are the brother and sister, design and illustration team behind They Draw and Cook, a website for people to visually express their favourite recipes. Contributions have been submitted from all over the world, and although there are varying degrees of clarity recipe-wise, the visual treats are served up to a consistently quirky and clever standard. Check out www.theydrawandcook.com for the wonderful and wacky descriptions of some of the world's favourite dishes.
FOODIE TO FOLLOW: @thedalkeyfoodco
Set up by trained chef and DJ Ivan Varian and fashion blogger Ellie Balfe (elliebalfe.blogspot. com), The Dalkey Food Company could well be the smallbusiness success story of 2011. Starting out by supplying breads and soups to shops and cafés in their local Dalkey, the two-person company also offers private cookery lessons and catering for events, all with a passionate commitment to local and seasonal produce.
Follow them on www.twitter.com/thedalkeyfoodco and see www.thedalkeyfoodcompany.com for further details.