Last night, Jette Virdi, one of the most creative girls I know, hosted Long Table Suppers in aid of Men’s Shed at The MArt in Rathmines and ah! what a spectacular gathering it was!
I went to The MArt with my hubby and our friend Peter. We were treated to beautiful wine and four seasonal courses (celeriac, smoked haddock & hazelnut, beef short rib with pumpkin, mushroom & crispy kale, donuts and my favourite: winter-spiced pannacotta) cooked for us by wonderful Hilary.
I can think of only one word to describe the Long Table Supper: magical! Just take a look below and you’ll know why!
I already look forward to the next supper! See you there? :)
When on Wednesday evening I found an email from Katie about the last minute Raw Food & Veggie workshop, I didn’t have to think twice.
I emailed her straight away and confirmed my attendance. There were at least three reasons to spend this Saturday morning at The Stables on the Fumbally Lane.
Firstly, I really wanted to meet Katie. I heard so much good about her and because I never made it to Connemara to her Dillisk project, this workshop seemed like an amazing opportunity to finally meet her.
Secondly, many of my friends are vegetarians/ vegans and even though I have lots of veggie cookbooks (Plenty, The Happy Pear, The Extra Virgin Kitchen are only a few to name) I usually end up cooking quinoa salad, safe and tasty but so terribly booooring!
Finally, I had no other plans and considering absolutely dreadful weather outside, cooking workshop sounded like a fantastic idea to spend Saturday!
Katie shared with us some scrumptious, vegan recipes like Kale crisps, Raw Lasagne or Irish Kimchi. Not to mention those divine truffles, mmmmm…..
The mix of flavours, colours and textures in every dish was simply beautiful!
Here are some pictures from this awesome workshop!
Have you ever noticed that whenever you make a cake, those eating it just can’t resist commenting on the moisture levels. If people aren’t silently nodding & mumbling “mmmmm” chances are you’ve baked a dry one and should be ashamed of yourself ;)
This easy apple pie recipe always score well on the moisture scale and should be washed down with cup after cup of hot tea on a lazy afternoon.
To show you how easy this recipe is, my brother and I (k66videos.com) made this sweet video for you;
- 330g plain flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 150g lard
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tbsp milk
- 7 tbsp cold water
For the filling:
- 1kg cooking apples
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
- 100g caster sugar
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Now cut the fat into the bowl. With your finger tips rub the fat into the flour until crumps form. Add the sugar, sprinkle with seven tbsp cold water. Now mix all.
Press the crumps into a bowl, wrap and chill for 30 minutes. In the meantime grease the dish.
Now flour surface, roll 2/3 of the dough, out to around, about 5cm larger than the dish. Using the rolling pin, drape the pastry over the dish, then gently push it into the contours. Now trim any excess pastry.
Peel the apples, cut into quarters, and cut them into medium slices. Put the apple slices in a bowl, poor on lemon juice. Sprinkle the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar over the apples. Toss to cold.
Put the apples in the pie dish, and arrange so that it is slightly mounted in the center. Brush the edge of the pastry with water.
Now roll the rest of the dough. Wrap it around the rolling pin, and drape it over the filling. Trim the top crust. Press the edges together to seal. Cut an X in the top crust. Gently pull back the point of each triangle to reveal the filling. Using a pastry brush, glaze the pie with the milk so that it bakes to a golden color. Sprinkle over sugar.
Chill for 30mins. In the meantime preheat the oven to 220C. Bake for 20 mins, then reduce to 180C and bake for 30mins. Insert a skewer through the steam vent to check the apple are tender.
Best served warm with vanilla ice-cream. “mmmmmm” guaranteed!!! :)
They say that pictures are worth a thousand words…and I believe THEM, therefore I decided not to write a single word about my trip to Portugal, which I totally fell in love with, but instead post photos from my Portuguese vacations and let your imagination take you away!
My hubby :*
Sintra near Lisbon
Have you been to Portugal? Do you have your favourite places? Your favourite Portuguese food? I would like to hear from you :)