The second part of Litfest….
Once you get beyond individual diners and restaurateurs, you may enter the murky world of the food industry. If you’re of the opinion that ignorance in bliss, don’t listen to Joanna Blythman! Continue reading “More Food For Thought”
It may be a cliched title, but Litfest 2017 certainly did provide food for thought, and plenty of it. I was lucky enough to be volunteering and got to see plenty of the action between shifts. Continue reading “Food for Thought”
A recent conversation, me reading Mr. WB’s ‘Gardener’s World’ (having given him a subscription for his birthday). Continue reading “Sofa Sundays”
Springtime is definitely apple blossom time. Of course, I’m so delayed writing this that’s it now summer (not that you’d know it from the rain outside today)!
One of Mr. WB’s favourite lines is ‘I know a guy’. Example: me talking about getting a marble slab to roll pastry, Mr. WB- ‘I know a guy’. (He does- guess what I got as a Christmas present!) Continue reading “An Apple A Day…”
You may have noticed a distinct lack of blog posts in the past month or so. Things have been somewhat busy- some fun things (set to become future blog posts!) and some less fun (a variety of meetings, appointments & Physiotherapy).
In the meantime, play ‘Where’s Wally’ with the photo below!
So, after my adventures at Ballymaloe, there are several recipes and dishes that I want to try making gluten-free. I felt a little sad the day I made a beautiful silky sheet of ‘normal’ pasta, and watched as it obediently rolled through the pasta machine in ever thinner sheets that never cracked.
My first attempt at fresh gluten-free pasta is courtesy of River Cottage Gluten-Free cookbook. It did necessitate buying some specialist ingredients such as psyllium husk, but I costed the pasta at €1.60 to make enough for 2-3 people.
There’s some planning ahead needed, as you need to mix a starter 6-12 hours ahead (or 24 hours in the fridge), as well as resting the dough for at least an hour (or up to 24 hours) once made.
The making of the pasta was easy, but keeping it together when rolling out more of a challenge. The two floured sheets of cling film wasn’t the easiest to manipulate. I also found that it clumped together a bit when cooking. I think I’ll try to roll a bit more thinly next time and see how it goes.
It does taste good though- not too ‘heavy’. I paired my pasta with brocolli, broad beans (last year’s, thank you freezer), feta and parsley oil.
Conclusion: must try harder next time!
It’s a tough life being The Whimsical Bear at times! Last month, I got to go behind the scenes of ‘How to Cook Well’ with Rory O’Connell. Since his first series in 2015, I’ve heard so many people saying how much they enjoy watching Rory on TV. Even those with no interest in cooking tune in for his relaxed and calm delivery. Continue reading “Lights, Camera, Action”
Or, at least, a strawberry bed. I finally made some contribution to our allotment last Sunday by getting down on my knees and planting the strawberries- 66 plants to be precise. Eleven of my Ballymaloe plants survived, and were joined by 55 runners propagated from our own garden. Continue reading “Strawberry Fields”
A friend’s recent drop in afternoon provided the perfect opportunity to bake up something sweet, and not be eating it all myself! Or not bake, as in these no-bake caramel slices from the first ‘Happy Pear’ cookbook (or ‘millionaires’ squares’ as they are sometimes called).
Each layer is made separately, with setting time in fridge in between. At the pace I was going, each layer was nicely chilled just as soon as the next was ready. This healthier version features dates and oats in the biscuit layer, more dates and almond butter for the caramel (I used peanut butter with good results) and plenty good quality dark chocolate for the topping. Well, it is a treat after all!
The recipe advises it makes 16. I cut mine into 20. I reckon you could even divide into 24. They are definitely delicious and quite rich, and the peanut butter/date mixture is great caramel consistency. Most of the nibblers thought they were too big- until they took a first bite, and crept away quietly with their plates!
Gluten-free, vegetarian & vegan. Contains nuts.