A Flavour of West Cork

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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Sunshine in a bowl

Posted on: 17th January, 2017 in A Flavour of West Cork

January is the month for armchair gardening and travelling – cruising around seed catalogues and travel sites in search of vegetables and sunny climes. I am making lists of all the possibilities and dreaming of new adventures. This gently whiles...

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Get excited about Brussel sprouts

Posted on: 5th December, 2016 in A Flavour of West Cork

Brussels sprouts seem to be a love or hate vegetable but they have always been traditional for Christmas. My mum reckons they have gone out of fashion but I guess there’s more choice these days so children are no longer...

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Longevity lentil soup

Posted on: 8th November, 2016 in A Flavour of West Cork

This is another of these ‘live to be one hundred’ recipes. It uses simple ingredients, it’s easy to make, and comforting for wintery days. Not that the Greeks, from where this recipe hails, wait until it’s cold to eat it;...

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