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Naughty or Nice?

CARBONARA VS CREAMY AVOCADO PASTA: NAUGHTY: Spaghetti carbonara For two naughty pasta lovers, boil a large pan of water and cook about 250g spaghetti according to the packet instructions. Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of butter or oil in a large frying pan.

Cook one finely diced shallot with two finely chopped garlic cloves and six chopped rashers of streaky bacon for five to seven minutes, until everything is golden. In a bowl, beat together two free-range eggs with 142ml single cream and add 20g finely grated Parmesan cheese and lots of black pepper. Finally, add the shallot mixture and blend well. Once the spaghetti is cooked, drain it and return to the pan. Remove it from the heat then add the shallot and egg mixture, tossing well until the pasta is evenly coated. Serve with another sprinkling of grated Parmesan and black pepper on top.


Creamy avocado pasta Want creamy pasta without the dairy? Take two portions of wholewheat or brown-rice spaghetti and cook according to the packet instructions.

While the pasta is cooking, take one ripe avocado, one clove of garlic, one large handful of fresh basil leaves, 2 tbsps lemon juice and 2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil. In a food processor, place the garlic, avocado flesh, basil leaves, lemon juice and oil. Process until the mixture is smooth. Taste and add an extra dash of lemon or oil if desired. Season with a little salt and pepper. When the pasta is cooked and drained, toss with the avocado pesto and serve immediately.


If you’re a foodie and a wine buff, then the Dingle Food and Wine Festival is the place to go from September 30 to October 2.

Apart from all the cookery demonstrations, food and wine markets, and special menus in local restaurants, why not stretch your legs and see some sights on the way? Take one of the Taste Trails, where you can sample local cuisine in pubs, galleries and shops twinned with artisan producers. Tickets for the trail will be on sale in the festival office and at various venues along the Taste Trail.

A book of 10 tickets is €20. See www.dinglefood.com.


For coffee lovers

This café for real coffee lovers has had a home by day on the first floor of The Twisted Pepper nightclub on Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, since 2009.

They have just expanded to a new space on Grand Canal Street, bringing their gourmet coffee to a wider audience. See www.3fe.com and follow them on Twitter for all the coffee updates.

For herbivores

Vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli has a twist on the avocado pasta recipe that we share this week on her website, www.chefchloe.com. It's sandwiched between the most delicious and accessible vegan recipes online. A fun and talented chef, her tweets are always positive and inspiring.