Monday 19 March 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!

LAMB KOFTE VS FALAFEL SANDWICH: NAUGHTY: Lamb Kofte To make enough for four, start by soaking 20 wooden skewers in water. This will stop them burning.

In a large bowl, combine one finely chopped red onion with salt, pepper, 1 tbsp of chopped mint, 1 tbsp of ground coriander and 500g of organic Irish lamb mince. Shape the mixture into eight sausages and pierce them through the middle with the skewers. Cook under a hot grill or barbecue for about 8 minutes, turning until golden brown and cooked well. Meanwhile, make a sauce of 150ml of natural yogurt, one chopped clove of garlic and 2 tbsps of chopped mint. Serve the kofte drizzled with hot chilli sauce and yogurt mix in warm pitta breads stuffed with green leaves.

NICE: Falafel Sandwich This Middle-Eastern-inspired sweet-potato falafel sandwich recipe comes from the Fat Free Vegan Blog so it's dairyfree and delicious. Take ½ tbsp ground flax seeds plus 2 tbsps hot water; 2 medium sweet potatoes; 2-3 tsps ground cumin; 2 tsps ground coriander; 2 cloves garlic, minced; ½ tsp cayenne pepper; 1 tsp salt; ¼ cup minced parsley; juice of 1 lemon; 1 cup chickpea (gram) flour; and ½ tsp baking powder. Mix the flax seeds with 2 tbsps hot water and set aside to thicken to an egg-like consistency. Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork and place on a baking tray, wrapped in foil. Bake for 40 minutes, until soft. Set aside to cool; then peel and place in a bowl. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6. Mash the sweet potatoes, then add the flax mixture, seasonings (including parsley), lemon juice, and stir. Mix the chickpea flour with the baking powder and add it, a little at a time, to the sweet-potato mixture until combined. Oil a baking sheet and, using a rounded tbsp, make about 20-22 little balls and place on the baking sheet. Flatten the balls to about ½-inch thick and 1½-inches wide. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until medium brown. Serve hot in a pitta with fresh green leaves, tahini and red pepper.

Events for Naughty

Every Wednesday and Saturday in June, foodies in Dublin city are in for a walking treat with the Campo Viejo Tapas Trail. For €20, participants will be given maps of a trail taking in the city’s top tapas spots (including Bar Pinxto, The Port House, Salamanca and Havana Tapas Bar) where tapas and Campo Viejo wine tastings will await. Expect surprises along the way from flamenco dancing to Spanish guitar recitals. See for details.

Events for the Nice

It’s good to support local food festivals — and even better when you get to visit a different city. So why not go to Cork and spend some time by the Lee, enjoying Taste Fest and sampling delicious food from around the Rebel County? This event runs from June 23 to 26 in the city’s historic Fitzgerald Park, and participating restaurants include the Liberty Grill and Café Gusto. See for discounted tickets.

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