Food news: cooking for a good cause
The Mixing Bowl: Second Helpings is a new cookbook in aid of Our Lady's Hospice and Care Service. It follows on from the success of the 2011 edition of the book which sold 9,000 copies and raised more than €95,000. The new book is a collection of tried-and-trusted family recipes shared by 67 patients, residents, volunteers and staff, and is described by CEO Audrey Houlihan as "a piece of history told through food".
Second Helpings is very much a book of home cooking, celebrating the dishes that have been passed on through families and it is designed to resemble traditional family cookbooks kept in so many homes.
Chef Neven Maguire (pictured above) has contributed a recipe for Chicken Thighs Braised in Cider with Sweet Potatoes, which he describes as one of his all-time favourites, one that the chef returns to again and again. "It has tons of flavour but takes very little time to get in the oven compared to traditional casseroles," Neven says.
He says the recipe book should be on every kitchen shelf in every home. "It contains not only the recipes of meals enjoyed by families throughout the country but the memories of the moments that accompanied them. This is the type of book you pass down to a son or daughter and I'm very proud to be supporting such an important book for such a worthy charity."
Second Helpings contains 77 recipes, for dishes for breakfast all the way through to supper.
One of them is Una and John Fletcher's Lemon Butter Cake, which has been part of their repertoire throughout 57 years of marriage. Another is Patricia Betts' Boatman's Stew, named in honour of her father, Patrick, who created it while working as "Master" on a coal barge on the Royal Canal. Meanwhile, Alice Victory's Speedy Banoffee has now been safely tried and tested but it once caused chaos in her kitchen when a can of condensed milk exploded.
The book's co-ordinator, Cepta Lyons, is a long-time volunteer who worked with staff and patients for over two years to compile the recipes contained within. Her chef daughter, Kate Lyons of Artizan Food Co., tested each of the recipes.
The Mixing Bowl: Second Helpings costs €15 and is available in good book shops nationwide, from Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services in Harold's Cross and Blackrock, and online at lightupalife.ie/mixingbowl
READY & GABLES
The Gables in Foxrock has a new loyalty card to celebrate 15 years in business, giving customers 15pc back on food purchases between now and the end of the month. There's also an early bird deal every day from 5pm to 7pm, when members can buy wine at shop prices, see thegables.ie
On Sunday, November 12, James Sheridan and Soizic Humbert are hosting a four-course seasonal Game Dinner at their terrific Canteen restaurant in Celbridge. The night costs €40, book at (01) 627 4967 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronnefeldt Teas has created a range of Ashford Signature Tea blends (€11.95), including Irish Whiskey Cream Tea and Granny's Garden Tea. Both teas are served during Afternoon Tea at Mayo's Ashford Castle; an experience you can now recreate at home. Visit shop.ashfordcastle.com