A Flavour of West Cork

Using up your apple and kale glut

Posted on: 31st August, 2017 in A Flavour of West Cork

Autumn in August?  Where I grew up it was still summer. I have disputed this fact for years but this year I must finally concede, as this autumn arrived at the beginning of August. The apples are dropping from the...

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Fritter your veg, not your money

Posted on: 3rd August, 2017 in A Flavour of West Cork

I left home, many moons ago, armed with my Hamlyn all-colour cookbook, not knowing how to cook, but full of enthusiasm. There were numerous culinary disasters and one mighty boo boo. Shortly after I left home, I was living in...

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Beat it with beets

Posted on: 29th June, 2017 in A Flavour of West Cork

Beetroots didn’t used to be glamorous, I grew up eating huge beetroots dressed in malt vinegar but these days they have quite another image, as they have gained superfood status. It is now known that beetroots increase blood supply to...

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Putting some mussel into it

Posted on: 9th June, 2017 in A Flavour of West Cork

L ast week, whilst our garden was merrily growing away I was tootling around on a bicycle in Puglia, in the heel of Italy. There’s plenty of growing going on down there, fields of tomatoes, courgettes, chickpeas, artichokes, beans and...

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Rhubarb and ginger jam

Posted on: 15th May, 2017 in A Flavour of West Cork

Every spring the rhubarb reappears in our garden, pushing its pink knobbly stems out of the ground, straightening up and unfurling it’s leaves. It’s a sure sign that the spring is with us and the first rhubarb is always greeted...

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One pot wonder with eggs

Posted on: 10th April, 2017 in A Flavour of West Cork

After months of almost ignoring the garden it is now demanding our attention. The grass is galloping away and the tunnels are bursting with spinach and chard. This is the spinach and chard that we grew last year, which spent...

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Potatoes for Paddy’s Day

Posted on: 7th March, 2017 in A Flavour of West Cork

This years’ walkabout has taken us to the Canaries – not the blistering heat of Asia but some very pleasant winter sunshine. There are similarities to Ireland – both islands are in the Atlantic and have the same longitude. There...

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‘Hot’ bean soup

Posted on: 6th February, 2017 in A Flavour of West Cork

The garden is still slumbering and there’s not much happening on the vegetable front so I thought it would be fun to investigate aphrodisiac foods for the Valentine’s edition. Along the way I have discovered that Valentine’s Day started out...

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