Fermentalist with a fetish for fatty foods. Don't listen to those looneys telling you that fat is bad for you. Love your gut, eat real food. Writer at Irish Examiners on Saturdays and Irish Independent and Sunday Times, Food and Wine Mag and Tourism Ireland
This piece was in the Mother's Day special edition of the Irish Independent Weekend Magazine, March 21st. To say I'm thrilled is an understatement, yay!
It's a funny sort of piece, as in it harks back to our "first" confession, first film etc. Of course I didn't remember my first words, given that I was probably thinking in colours and tastes at the time.
It's nice and validating to have a little something like this done. As a food writer, much of my payment comes in the form of a leg of lamb or a crate of wine, you don't get into this game for the money, but for the love of food.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! I spent most of today in the kitchen screwing up pistachio ice cream and green pavlovas that turned out brown so sod all that and behold a fab archive pic when I was clearly having a domestic Goddess day
Have fun and remember, nobody likes a sober person on Paddys' Day, so stay indoors!
I've had a hankering for these for ages now, if there's one thing I really love it's peanut butter in things, fried sandwiches with banana, kitkats, brownies, cheesecakes. After seeing Niall Harbison on the Late Late Show on Friday, I decided to put Look and taste to the test. There was a recipe for peanut butter cookies, good start, and I had all the ingredients, even better.
Being able to cook, it meant I just let Niall ramble on in the background while I got on with the cookies. But it's a great site and so easy to follow instructions. My cookie dough was not as gooey, so the cookies were more crumbly, but yummy and perfect to be taken to a pals house as a bribe to hang around for dinner after.
You can take these to the next level by adding lots of chocolate chips or by coating them with melted chocolate. We just wolfed them down warm with glasses of ice cold milk.
180g Light Brown Sugar or Demarara Sugar
60g Dried Coconut Powder
8 tbsp Peanut Butter
150g Self Raising Flour
Place the sugar into the mixing bowl with the butter and whisk on a medium speed for 2 minutes until light and smooth;
Add the desiccated coconut to the mixture and mix again for a further 1 minute;
When the mixture is smooth add the peanut butter to the mixing bowl and mix for a further 30 seconds;
Turn the mixer to a very slow speed and add the eggs to the mixture. Mix for a further 30 seconds until the eggs have been totally incorporated;
Remove the mixture from the mixer and fold the flour into the mixture using a spatula until the mixture is totally smooth;
Place some baking parchment or greaseproof paper on an oven tray and shape the mixture into cookie size shapes using 2 spoons making sure to separate them on the tray as they will expand slightly;
Place the cookies in the oven at 180C/360F for 12/15 minutes;
Remove the cookies from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool down;
You can also listen to the interview at Bernies site, I made a balls of uploading the mp3, thanks Bernie
I was not asleep in the studio as you may think, I was jumping around ape-like trying to get them to sort it out. I do feel I made up for it in the end...
I have noticed a general air of badness towards Mr. T on the blogowaves. I can't say that I subscribe to any of them, he's just a guy doing his job, and if the hits I got today bear any reflection on his listenership then the people of Ireland love him. Does it have to be interpreted that just because you go on a radio show to talk about something, that you are looking for an argument ? Not so I'm afraid. It's not a competition, everyone has their place and everyone is going places too. Peace and love people, peace and love