Thursday 22 February 2018

Weekender: Ross Lewis at home


Sarah Caden

My weekend starts on Sunday. It's out of kilter with the rest of the country, but I'm so used to working on Saturdays that now it makes no odds. Proper downtime for me is being at home and getting to hang out with my family.

Season-dependent, a swim at Seapoint is usually part of the day. It's never easy getting in, but you feel great having done it. Then I like a good nose around the farmers' market in the People's Park in Dun Laoghaire. Purchases from McNally Family Farm, Coolbawn Organic meats, and Lilliput olive and deli stand all form the basis of Sunday dinner.

I involve the kids in the dinner. Cooking together allows time to chat with the kids. You'd be amazed what information can be gleaned when you're picking herbs or chopping vegetables.

My Monday is like everyone else's Sunday. I'll try and get a bike ride in in the morning. On a sunny day, the road out along the coast to Killiney and Bray is like cycling by the Med.

Then Jessica and I will head to Glasthule and we'll have lunch in 64 and a chat with Gerard, the owner. Then I'll nip next door to see the great Cavo [Peter Caviston] of Caviston's and get some fresh fish and lively banter.

Monday night is going-out night, dictated by my daughters. Their current favourites are China Sichuan in Sandyford; Rasam in Glasthule and That's Amore in Monkstown. After that, on Monday night, my weekend ends and I start planning for the week.

Ross Lewis appears at Taste of Dublin, which returns to the Iveagh Gardens from June 15 to June 18. Tickets from €15, available now at

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