Archive for June, 2008

:: SESAME PASTA SALAD

First of all- TasteSpotting.com! Most of the online foodies out there will know exactly what I’m talking about, but if you have no idea, this site was pure indulgence for food porn enthusiasts! It hand picked some of the best photo’s and recipe’s from food blogs across the world, and displayed them in one handy site. I’m sure there will a similar site soon, as Tastespotting will be sorely missed.

And now, how about a recipe?

Dishes which are packed with healthy ingredients and stunning colors, are not only a cure for hunger, they can really improve your mood too. With the summer in full flow, there is so much in season veg and fresh herbs that it can get a bit traumatic knowing what exactly to with it- this quick pasta salad is a great solution as it’s basically a raid on the contents of your fridge which you can transform too your very own taste. It definitely beats the image of soggy mayonnaise laden pasta salads sitting in plastic containers at your local supermarket!

I made this in about 15-20 mins right after I collected Sofie from the airport recently and not only does it hit the spot- it’s a really handy and healthy little pasta salad. This is the way I do it;

:: SESAME PASTA SALAD

  1. Wholemeal Pasta
  2. 1 Red Onion slice into half moons.
  3. 1 Carrot finely chopped.
  4. 1/2 small cucumber finely chopped.
  5. Feta Cheese
  6. Handful of Basil finely chopped.
  7. 2 tbs of Olive Oil
  8. 1 Tbs of Balsamic Vinegar
  9. A handful of toasted Sesame Seeds.
  10. A good pinch of Salt and Pepper.

Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add the pasta, cook until tender, then drain and set aside. While the pasta is cooking, prep your veg, cheese, and basil.

In a large mixing bowl, add the vinegar and oil and give it a quick whisk. Then add all the veg cheese and herbs and combine with the pasta. Give it a good pinch of salt and pepper and serve. Top the finished dishes with golden toasted sesame seeds.

Enjoy!

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June 16, 2008 at 9:17 am 9 comments

:: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD… HERBS

A few things have been going on in the Irish blogging world since my little blogging break, and even though I might be a bit late on some of the news I thought it was high time I mentioned them here.

The biggest news of course is the release of the Murphy’s Ice Cream book which is a really impressive collection of recipe’s- lots of research, lots of tips and tricks, and some really great pictures! I think the lads really chose the best time to release it too, with Ireland’s attempt at a summer coming thick and fast. If you want to pick up a copy you can do so through their blog IcecreamIreland.

The other food bloggie related news is that, Deb from The Humble Housewife, has moved on up to an even better and bigger blog which is located right here @ Tast.ie.
It’s already full of posts so head over and take a peak!

A few months ago, I posted about my Basil plant which was thriving at the time- since then it has been through a lot- Sofie left all the windows open one very cold day and it looked very worse for wear by the time I came home and saved it! However two months later, and despite a plague of green fly and some sort of growing fungus on the stems- it is still alive and well. Which is a hell of a lot better then the rest of my herbs. The lemon balm, mint, chives and coriander all had to be re potted and moved inside after going slightly black on the edges.

The move seems to have done the trick, with all the plants thriving, except for a few stray little flies which seem to mainly hang around the mint. Anyone have any idea why? Answers on a postcard or in the comments section below. I’ve now planted, bay, lavender and a brand new rosemary plant in the remaining pots, so I’ll just have to wait and see if they survive the balcony.

Is there anyone else out there growing a herb garden this summer? Got any tips or advice?

June 5, 2008 at 4:32 pm 7 comments

:: STARTING THE SUMMER IN SWEDEN

Yes it’s me! I’m back blogging after a unplanned little break- which tends to be the norm for most bloggers from time to time. Sofie and I spent the long weekend in Gothenberg, Sweden where we stayed at her lovely mom, Ebba’s house. It was a such an enjoyable little break and with a solid 29 degrees from Monday to Friday, it was definitely the kick start to my summer.
To my friends and family, I’m not exactly known as the most outdoors type person, and Sofie was even shocked when I changed a tyre over the weekend, but lately I think I’m developing a bit of a love affair with nature. After to moving to the apartment last year, which is situated right beside a main road, I have a constant and real urge to just be out in the silence of a park, to walk on a beach, or even to go for a quick walk around the cliffs. Needless to say I was really impressed when Sofie introduced me to the two lakes behind the house. They were straight out of the story books I used to read as a kid, complete with Jetty and Ducks and Reeds. The water was way to warm not to get in, and even though the sun had just set I hopped in for a quick dip. There is something about the water in lakes that always seem to give me an eery, ominous feeling, but being caught in the moment meant I was oblivious to any potential late night, lake creature attacks!Following what has become one our little Swedish summer traditions, we bought 2 kilo of prawns and 1 kilo of shrimp, which you can buy over the counter cooked from the local “Fisk” shops. It’s the perfect sort of food that you can eat masses of, but keeps you occupied enough, to ensure that you can continue eating without feeling full! Does that make sense? Well bottom line, you can eat as much as you want, as messily as you like! Sounds like the perfect combination to me. We ate our way through the two bags with a little help from Sofie’s dad who took us on a quick boat trip through the archipelago of Sweden’s west coast.
Well Monday came all too quick for me and not even a phone call to the boss could guarantee me a longer stay. So after one last dip in the lake it was back on the one o’clock Ryanair flight to Dublin.

June 4, 2008 at 11:00 pm 5 comments


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