Thursday 14 December 2017

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!

A TALE OF TWO DIPS: NAUGHTY: Blue cheese dip Try this classic dip if you're aiming to please the naughtier guests at your next cocktail party. Put 100g blue cheese into a bowl (try Wicklow Blue, Gorgonzola or Roquefort).

Add 140ml soured cream or creme fraiche and 2 tbsps mayonnaise. Using a fork, mix everything together until the sauce is relatively smooth. You can squeeze in the juice of half a lemon, before serving the dip alongside a selection of vegetable crudités. Or, for a chicken wings recipe to go with this naughty dip, see buffalowings.

NICE: Healthy homemade hummus Hummus is made with protein-packed chickpeas, but many storebought brands can contain large amounts of oil. So make your own hummus and control how much oil you put in — and tweak the recipe to your taste. Take one tin of cooked chickpeas, drain the water into a cup and set aside, then rinse the chickpeas. Put them in a food processor with one clove of garlic (peeled); 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil; 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1 tbsp light tahini (sesame seed paste). Whizz until smooth. Then add 2 tbsps of the reserved chickpea liquid. Whizz once more — if you'd like it smoother, add another 1-2 tbsps liquid. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before devouring with carrot sticks. For a more adventurous version, try the 101 Cookbooks recipe for chilli


August 13 and 14 see the annual Oyster Festival take over Carlingford, Co Louth, once again. There are activities of the free and ticketed variety to suit oyster lovers and sceptics alike. For details see Meanwhile, The Village Greengrocer & Foodhall summer festival in Castlemartyr, Co Cork, is the place to be nice and support local food. The event kicks off at 10am on Friday, August 12, running until 8pm, then continues on Saturday, August 13 from 10am-5pm. Check out Facebook for details.



Looking for a site to whet your appetite for the wonders Irish food has to offer? Then Edible Ireland ( is the site for you. Highlighting some of the best produce in the country, author Kristin Jensen puts a present-day twist on traditional favourites.



One of the most popular veggie blogs out there is ‘Peas and Thank You’, run by Sarah Matheny. She has just launched her first book, of the same name, which features realistic and tasty recipes and anecdotes from the Matheny family, which includes her two girls, husband and cat.

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