A Flavour of West Cork

Playing around with rhubarb

Posted on: 10th June, 2016 in A Flavour of West Cork

The garden has speeded up big time in the past few weeks. The rise in temperature and some sunshine had all the little seedlings that were at the ‘Will I or Won’t I’ live or die stage zoom into action...

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West Cork asparagus is arriving

Posted on: 9th May, 2016 in A Flavour of West Cork

April and May, the garden shoots up. Everything that over wintered and that we have picked and enjoyed for so long is bolting. The spinach, chard and kales are shooting for the sky. They’ve done their job and are going...

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Spring is here and the nettles are back

Posted on: 4th April, 2016 in A Flavour of West Cork

Like most edibles that grow, we are most enthusiastic when they first arrive. One minute we’re scrabbling around searching for the baby plants, the next there is a veritable jungle standing three feet high. They are a bonus in the...

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A taste of Sri Lanka

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

We arrived in Colombo, stepped into the heat and immersed ourselves in the city. Someone told us that Sri Lanka is like ‘Asia Light’ and for sure it’s not as crazy as Bangkok, Saigon or Delhi. The crowds are not...

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Vietnamese street food

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

This is great recipe to perk your taste buds up, a little bit of sunshine to brighten February. Banh Xeo are the most delicious Vietnamese savoury pancakes. They are fried until crispy then rolled up in salad leaves with mint...

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A superfood salad

Posted on: 18th January, 2016 in A Flavour of West Cork

It’s a sure sign that Christmas is over when the decorations come down and all that remains is a pile of lost property. We seem to have a lot of abandoned scarves this year. There’s a pile of them on...

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Instant tapas

Posted on: 1st December, 2015 in A Flavour of West Cork

I’ve been thinking about what to write for this Christmas edition and decided that, as the garden is just about asleep, I would go to the store cupboard for inspiration. We always have a jumble of canned beans, tuna, anchovies,...

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Live to one hundred on a diet of minestrone

Posted on: 3rd November, 2015 in A Flavour of West Cork

On a recent trip to Sardinia we visited an agriturismo in the hills above Tempio Pausania. Admittedly we didn’t get to see much of the countryside due to the insane rain – it dumped thirteen centimetres in one day, which...

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