Month: December 2007

Menu for Hope – Just one more day to buy your ticket!

There’s just one more day to buy your ticket for Menu for Hope. Here’s an update from Pim: We are getting so close to 50K I can smell it! It’s pretty clear now that we will beat our last year’s record before the campaign ends at the end of the week, but by how much, that’s for YOU to decide. We have so many great prizes on our Menu for Hope this year that some of them haven’t enjoyed as much attention as they deserve. That means, my friends, you’ve got really good odds at getting those wonderful prizes with your $10 raffle ticket. Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? If you’re running behind, why not consider getting some on your list Menu for Hope raffle tickets instead of a present? They can feel good about helping the hungry, and they might even win something. It’s great all around. My Europe host Fanny at Foodbeam has put up a list of her favorite prizes on her blog, while Adam over in New York showed …

Orzo salad with pesto, tomatoes & knockalara cheese

Another day, another gorgeous recipe from the Ballymaloe Cookery Course Cookbook, all in the hope of raising money for the World Food Programme’s efforts in Lesotho. If this is your first time hearing of it, briefly: Chez Pim has announced Menu for Hope 4 – her annual fundraising event. Inspired by the Tsnuami 5 years ago, in 2006, Menu for Hope raised US$62,925.12 to help the UN World Food Programme feed the hungry. I applaud her for this effort and would like to spread the word by directing you to her blog. This year, she is again supporting the UN World Food Programme. More on how to buy a raffle ticket and prizes here, for now – back to food. This cookbook hasn’t failed me yet. This recipe is very simple and quick, perfect for today’s lunch. It’s the litle details that really make it – sprinkling some sugar and balsamic vinegar on the cut tomatoes preserves and enhances their lovely flavour. I love the texture and flavour of orzo, a pasta grain with a …

Coconut & apricot snowballs

It’s silly season! Lots of socialising, lots of fun, (over)eating and drinking. I have been trying and failing to save myself for my impending two week break – my office xmas party got the better of me last week, then I had the pleasure of an old friend visiting, which naturally involved lots of eating, partying and late night chattering. I have withdrawn again in an attempt to gather some energy and tie up some loose ends before I make my journey back to Ireland, but, before I did I called to a friends for her annual xmas drinks last weekend. She had (as always) the most amazing spread. One of the many things that I couldn’t stop eating were these little coconut & apricot snowballs – they were just beautiful. I enquired after the recipe and was shocked at how simple they are, they are so delicious, I thought that there must be some complicated technique behind this, but no, it’s one she has been making since childhood: quick, simple & dare I say …

Onion & Thyme Leaf Soup

The Ballymaloe Cookery Course is a fantastic book containing 1175 recipes, 370 variations and more than 100 basic skills from staple recipes that are quick and easy, to master recipes with twists to change them and more complex challenging dishes. There are many irish recipes and international recipes also, it’s more a culinary bible than a book and would be well placed in any kitchen. It is written by Darina Allen, the co-founder and one of the teacher’s at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork, Ireland. She’s the Irish answer to Delia Smith and a promoter of slow food and traditional cooking techniques. The cookery school is famous and has been the first step for many in a culinary career. It’s located in the middle of its own 100-acre organic farm outside Cork City, in an idyllic location near the coast.I am offering this cookbook as part of the prize I have donated for Menu for Hope 4 so, I thought that I should cook something from it to show you how lovely it is. …

Menu for Hope – Raffle announcement & prize

In an earlier post, I mentioned Chez Pim’s Menu for Hope, a fundraising drive by food bloggers internationally. Chez Pim has announced Menu for Hope 4 – her annual fundraising event. Inspired by the Tsnuami 5 years ago, in 2006, Menu for Hope raised US$62,925.12 to help the UN World Food Programme feed the hungry. I applaud her for this effort and would like to spread the word by directing you to her blog. This year, she is again supporting the UN World Food Programme. The funds raised bby Menu for Hope 4 will be earmarked for the school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa. I am very pleased to participate and it’s time for me to announce my prize, and to encourage you to participate in this worthwhile cause. I am putting forward two Irish cookbooks that I love: the Ballymaloe Cookery Course, a fantastic book written by Darina Allen, one of the co-founders and teachers at the renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland, 1175 recipes, 370 variations and more than 100 basic skills, from …

Christmas Deluxe at Covent Garden

Not a recipe today, I’m afraid, I have been cooking but it’s all been rough and ready, so I’ll spare you the attempts :-) Things have been busy since my return from Ireland, and with the festive season kicking in, they’re only getting busier! I do miss my culinary attempts and am craving a few hours in the kitchen. For now, the lovely people at Covent Garden Market have been in touch with details of their 12 days of Christmas Luxury Food Market. For those of you that enjoyed the one that they had in August as I did, it looks a treat. There will also be other things afoot, like bespoke gift wrapping and storytelling. I thought that I’d share so that you can get it in your diaries. 12 Days of Christmas Luxury Food Market The Luxury Christmas Night Market will run for 12 days from 12th until 23rd December. The Market will showcase luxury Christmas festive goodies from the UK’s finest food purveyors and producers, all specially hand-picked for the occasion. Foodies …