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Real Food:

During the cold snap there was a run on non-perishable goods. Don't wait for an apocalypse to stock up on quality tinned goods. Everyone needs tins of pâté in their cupboard along with jars of olives, tinned tomatoes and tinned fish in olive oil.

Ortiz tuna is not just useful, it is an essential store-cupboard ingredient, so far ahead of the average supermarket brand it could be from another planet. Ortiz is imported by Sheridans Cheesemongers and found in many good delis such as Nolan's in Terenure.

Pick up some piri piri sauce also from good delis. It is the essential Portuguese condiment for tinned fish as found in these typical Portuguese pâtés. Don't forget to serve some Portuguese wine -- Touriga Nacional for preference.

Tuna Pate

Ingredients: 1x112g tin of Ortiz tuna in olive oil, 100g butter, 2 anchovies (also in olive oil), a squeeze of lemon juice and a splash of piri-piri sauce.

Drain the tuna and add to a food processor along with all the other ingredients.

Blend for 30 seconds and scrape the sides of the bowl.

Taste and adjust the seasoning with piri piri or lemon juice and blend again.

Sardine Pate

Ingredients: 1x120g tin of quality sardines in olive oil, 100g butter, squeeze of lemon juice, 2 anchovies, 2 tsp tomato purée, splash of piri piri sauce.

Blend the drained sardines with all the ingredients as above. Serve with crusty bread and a dash of piri piri.

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