Sunday 18 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!

FAT SMOKY CHIPS V BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHIPS: NAUGHTY: Fat smoky chips To make enough for four as a side dish, heat the oven to 220°C/Gas Mark 7. Put one tbsp olive oil in a shallow roasting tin and heat in the oven.

Meanwhile, peel 750g of floury potatoes and cut into fat chips. Boil them in salted water for three to five minutes. Now add the potatoes carefully into the roasting tin and stir until wellcoated in the hot oil. Roast for 20 minutes, turning from time to time. Then add 2 tsps paprika, mixing so that the chips are evenly coated. Roast for a further 10 minutes until the chips are cooked and golden.

NAUGHTY: Butternut squash chips Butternut squash will soon be back in season and these chips are healthy and delicious.

Take one butternut squash (around 800g; 1kg unpeeled) then peel, scoop out the seeds and chop it into wedges or fries. Place in a bowl and drizzle over 1 tbsp olive oil, then sprinkle over 1.5 tsps ground cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander and a pinch of salt.

Stir well to ensure the fries are totally coated with the oil and spices. Place the fries in a baking dish, ensuring it is not overcrowded, and roast for 20 minutes, then remove and turn gently. Roast for a further 20 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They won't be as crispy as potatoes and are fragile, so take care when turning. Serve with homemade tomato ketchup or a similar sauce.


Next Sunday, August 28, Mitchelstown in Co Cork will host one of Ireland’s newest artisan food festivals.

Kevin Dundon will be on hand to give a cookery demonstration and there willl be workshops ranging from butter churning and cheese making to bee keeping and cake decorating. AGuinness Book of World Records attempt to create the longest Irish sausage should keep the naughty among you very happy indeed.

Best of all? It’s all entirely free. See www.mitchelstownfood for more details.



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