Saturday 24 March 2018

Naughty or Nice?

Enjoying food is all about balance, so let foodiesAoife McElwain and Aoife Barry give you a naughty and anice option each week. Choice never tasted so good!

SUMMER SALADS TWO WAYS: NAUGHTY: Extra naughty potato ‘salad’ To make enough to feed six as a side dish, boil 700g new potatoes, scrubbed and halved, in salted water for 12 minutes until just tender.

Drain and allow to cool slightly. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan. Add the potatoes, season with salt and pepper and fry for 10 minutes until the potatoes are golden. Now, add 200g pancetta or bacon lardons to the pan and cook for a further five to 10 minutes, until the bacon is golden. Drain off the excess fat on a paper towel and allow to cool. Just before serving, make a dressing of 3 tbsps olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tsps runny honey and 1 tsp Dijon mustard and mix through the potato salad.

NICE: Especially nice tofu and spinach saladTake one block of tofu, a large bunch of organic baby spinach, half a cup of semisundried tomatoes, one red bell pepper and a handful of pine nuts. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Cut the tofu into cubes, place in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with one to two tablespoons of olive oil. Place on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes, then flip and bake for another 10 minutes. While the tofu cools, cut the stalk out of the pepper and cut into thin slices the length of the pepper, then cut the slices in half. For a sweet dressing, pour 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsps oil and 1 tbsp agave syrup into a cup, season with salt and pepper and whisk. Place the semi-sundried tomatoes, spinach, tofu and red pepper together in a large bowl. Pour over the salad dressing and toss together, then sprinkle with pine nuts.


Neven Maguire has launched his first cooking app called iCook with Neven, which is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad from the app store or through www.neven With more than 60 recipes and demonstration videos, there’s lots of choice for the naughty, and even some for the nice.


If you’re planning on travelling abroad this summer and are vegetarian, vegan or pescetarian, the Veggie Passport app will take the stress out of any eating situation. It tells you how to say ‘I’m a vegetarian’ in 33 languages. Essential whether you’re dining out or staying with friends abroad. See veggiepassport.

Foodies to follow:


@oldsmoky Also suitable for the pescatarians among us, @oldsmoky is the Twitter profile for Connemara Smokehouse, the family-run, Ballyconneely-based specialists in unbelievably tasty, smoked wild salmon and smoked tuna. Follow them on Twitter and keep an eye on for information on all their fishy business.


@lunchboxbunch Beautiful photographs, delicious recipes, must-try meals — it can only be the Twitter account of Kathy Patalsky, the blogger behind Her infectious enthusiasm and ingenious recipe combinations (such as maple peanut banana-bread waffles) are always a joy to read. She's full of information and buzzing with vegan energy.

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