Wednesday 25 April 2018

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!

POTATO FOR THE NAUGHTY, SWEET POTATO FOR THE NICE: NAUGHTY: Potato The spud is not a naughty ingredient, but the outrageous over-boiling it’s often subjected to is very bold indeed.

At its best, the potato can be one of the loveliest side dishes of all. As part of a Sunday brunch for two, cube one large peeled potato and fry it over a medium to low heat for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Add 50g of chopped chorizo for the last five minutes and serve by topping each portion with a handful of chopped parsley and a poached egg.

NICE: Sweet potatoes Looking for a healthy treat? Sweet potatoes are fat-free, low in calories and high in vitamins C and A and beta-carotene. Sweet-potato chips are great, especially when baked. Slice two sweet potatoes into chips, toss in a tablespoon of olive oil or melted coconut oil and a heaped teaspoon or two of dried coriander and cumin powder. Roast at around 200°C for about 30 minutes until browned and crispy at the edges. See for more ways with potatoes.


If you’re finding that your friends have all given up the naughty stuff for Lent, take refuge in Ely Wine Bar at 22 Ely Place, Dublin 2, where other wine lovers meet up to appreciate a particular wine each week. The Single Wine Tasting Evenings run every Wednesday this month, and, for €30 to €40 per person, four selected wines are matched with food, with guest speakers to fill you in all the background information on the wines.

For further details, contact Ely Wine Bar on 01-676 8986 or email


Join your local Slow Food Ireland event in celebrating Grandmother’s Day next Saturday, April 16. An idea brought to fruition by Darina Allen and Alice Waters, the day is not just about recognising the loveliness of your grannies, but about the passing on of food and cooking secrets from one generation to the next. See for more details.




Although a recent arrival on the Irish blogosphere, Catherine Brodigan is known by

her Twitter followers for her passion for local food. Follow her to avail of her vast

knowledge of Irish produce and have a look at her blog (

for delicious recipes such as her broad bean and bacon risotto.



Rick Heller of the ‘Diet, Dessert and Dogs’ blog ( is a riot —

a smart, funny tweeter and creator of fabulous gluten-free and sugar-free vegan

recipes. She sparks up great conversations on Twitter and is a mine of information

on nutrition.

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