Archive for June, 2009

:: Red Cabbage and Carrot Coleslaw

Now I don’t know about you but when it comes to coleslaw I am extremely picky and only homemade will do. There is absolutely nothing worse than the soggy, boring, mayonaise laden coleslaws available from supermarkets which have been sitting in the salad bar all day long. Don’t get me wrong, some places can get it right, but they are few and far between. It is extremely inexpensive and takes only a few minutes to make a really tasty coleslaw at home, plus you can add whatever you want to it! This is my plain coleslaw recipe but feel free to experiment with it, add your own ingredients and ideas!


Red Cabbage and Carrot Coleslaw

I have a handy dandy Magimix food processor and it makes this recipe so simple and takes only minutes to prepare. If you don’t have one, it’s no big deal but it makes this easy recipe a little more time consuming. This crunchy coleslaw is the perfect accompaniment to any meat or poultry dish.

Serves 4-6 people
3 carrots, grated
1/2 head of red cabbage, finely chopped or coarsely grated
3 spring onions, finely chopped
3 tablespoon of mayonaisse
1 tablespoon of wholegrain mustard
A good pinch of ground black pepper

Add all the vegetables to a large mixing bowl. Add the wholegrain mustard, ground black pepper and mayonaisse and using a large spoon combine all the ingredients until the carrot and cabbage is evenly coated. Transfer to a large serving dish, cover with cling film and place in the fridge until you are ready to serve. The coleslaw should last 2-3 days kept in the fridge.

June 25, 2009 at 6:00 am 6 comments

:: Warm Chorizo, Red Onion and Baby Potato Salad

There are things in this world that excite me, things which in many ways do not excite the majority of the rest of world.  One of these little things happened the other day while I was on a walk around the cliffs in Howth- I came across a kind of mini crate sitting right in the middle of my path.  Now you see to a normal person, this would just be a bit of wood and they would casually pass by without thinking twice.  Not me though, I was turning it over inspecting the cracks, the colours and the rusty nails!  I’m not crazy I swear!  It’s just I have a little bit of an obsession with photography props and this perfectly formed little piece wood makes an ideal platform to shoot food pictures upon.  I dragged the mini crate home, despite objections from Sofie, and as you can see from the photo’s here I think you’ll agree it was well worth it- it gives a great rustic feel to the shots!

Warm Chorizo, Red Onion and Baby Potato Salad

I’m totally in love with this dish at the moment, its a perfect summer garden dinner.  I normally just serve this as a side dish but you can beef it up by adding a few eggs to the dish and baking them until cooked.  I can’t tell you tell you just how tasty this little recipe is, you will just have to try it!

Serves 4
Approximately 16 baby potatoes.
300g of chorizo.
2 red onions, finely sliced.
Juice of 1/2 lemon.
A good pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add the potatoes to a pot and cover with water.  Place over a high heat and bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10-12 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft when poked with a fork.  Remove from the heat and drain.  Place a large frying pan over and medium high heat and add the chorizo, you shouldn’t need any oil.  Fry the chorizo slices for 2-3 minutes until they are really red and crispy.  Remove the pan from the heat and squeeze over the juice of half a lemon.  With the back of a fork or a whisk, combine the chorizo and lemon juices.  Add the red onion to the pan and stir through.  Finally chop the potatoes into bitesize pieces and add to the pan gently tossing so that all the ingredients are combined.  Season with sea salt and black pepper and serve warm as a tasty side dish.

June 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm 7 comments

:: Shameless Plug: Please Buy Industry’s Debut Single "My Baby’s Waiting"!

A quick break from the normal foodie proceedings here on The Good Mood Food Blog, just mention that I’m a member of brand new pop band, Industry and we have just released our debut single “My Baby’s Waiting” today Friday the 19th of June.

I would really appreciate any help you can give, tell your friends, family, neighbours, cats all about us, and if there are any fellow bloggers who would be willing to stick up a little piece about us that would be amazing!

We really need as many people to buy the single as possible, and if you can spare 99 cent, you can get your hands on it! 

Ok so here are the all important details- 5 easy steps to getting your very own copy of “My Baby’s Waiting”:

Step 1. Text ‘music 3365’ to 57501 on your mobile!
Step 2. Recieve a text with an activation code!
Step 3. Go to http://www.downloadmusic.ie and enter your phone number and pin code!
Step 4. DOWNLOAD “MY BABY’S WAITING”!!!
Step 5. Enjoy and spread the word!

*Please note the song is only available to Irish residents, but you can follow the band on www.industryofficial.com*

Here is the video to the single:

June 19, 2009 at 5:21 pm 3 comments

:: Cherry Clafoutis

I made this delicious pancake based dessert for a BBQ and it was really tasty. I bought a huge amount of cherries at the farmers market in howth recently, so the lucky few which didn’t get eaten on the way home, saw a much more elaborate end in this lovely dish!

Cherry Clafoutis

To be honest, even though I served this on a hot day, I think this dish would work better on colder one, as I find it’s a little bit too heavy for the summer sunshine.

Serves 4-5 people.
50g of flour.
3 eggs.
100g of sugar.
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.
1/4 teaspoon of salt.
250ml of milk.
450g of stoned sweet cherries.
Icing sugar for decoration.

Preheat the oven 190oC/Gas Mark 5.
Whisk the eggs with the sugar, vanilla extract and salt. When they are combined sift in the flour and whisk to combine. When the mix is smooth, add the milk and whisk through to form a light batter.
Add half the batter to a floured and buttered dish then add the cherries, arranging them nicely in the dish. Cover the cherries with the rest of the batter and place in the oven to bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the batter fluffs up and goes a nice light golden brown.  Sift a little icing sugar over the top and serve warm with some vanilla cream.

June 18, 2009 at 6:04 am 11 comments

:: Good Mood Food in Irish Tatler!

The Good Mood Food Blog got a great mention in Irish Tatler! I’m pretty excited about this because it is the blog’s first glossy magazine mention! Not only that, I’m interviewed alongside food blog royalty, “The Pioneer Woman” and “Cannelle et Vanille“, plus the book gets a great plug! The article written by the Ciara McDonnell, talks about the rise of food blogs and the many different routes and causes each one takes. She also goes on to talk about the increased impact blogging has on modern journalism. It’s a great read and features in the July edition of Irish Tatler which is out now! If you want to read the whole article, click on the picture above and I have added it to the press in the about me section.

June 15, 2009 at 11:13 am 8 comments

:: Farmers Market in Howth

In case you didn’t know already I’m from Howth, which, for the benifit of foreign readers, is a really picturesque fishing village just north of Dublin.  I’ve grown up here all my life, and I have to admit that it is only recently that I have really started to appreciate the natural beauty of the area.  There is so much to see, amazing cliff walks, boat trips to the nearby island, Ireland’s Eye, a super collection of fresh fish mongers and some really well respected restaurants.

During the summer months we try and get out fishing as much as possible, mackerel is normally the fish of the day, but sometimes pollack is pulled out of the blue too.  Early on most sunny Sunday mornings, hidden from the sight of land lovers, there is a eclectic little group of small fishing boats from Howth, which can be found floating just off the back of Ireland’s Eye, all with one aim, the day’s catch.  Rods and lines at the ready in the calm blue, the process of fishing takes pride of place, but of course amongst the peaceful calm there is the secret competition for the first fish.  Even the most relaxed individual can’t deny the envy of another boat with a line full and heavy with fish.  Our most recent trip, in the first week in June, unfortunately did not produce any fish, so we arrived back to land with food on the brain.

For the past few years, traders and food producers from all over Ireland come to Howth to the farmers market which is set up every Sunday to provide locals and tourists with tasty treats, fresh vegetables, and quality meats.  Although the quality of produce is generally high, it can be quite expensive, so I normally only purchase something I can’t get in the supermarket.  With the suprisingly good Irish summer fully in swing, there was a huge selection of fresh summer fruits on offer and I couldn’t resist.  Fresh cherries were my fruit of choice as I had been contemplateing a cherry clafoutis for the last few weeks, so the opportunity couldn’t be passed.

Also on offer, was an incredible full cooked pig which was slowly being roasted on a spit, which they were slowly slicing pieces off, for sandwiches which were being sold.

If you are ever in Howth make sure to come on Sunday, the market is open from 10am – 4pm pretty much all year round.

June 14, 2009 at 9:01 pm 3 comments

:: Facebook and Press Pieces

Just to let you know, The Good Mood Food Blog is now on Facebook!  Following in the footsteps of my bloggie friend Lorraine and her restaurant/blog facebook page I thought it was high time I added this blog to another social network!  If you’re on Facebook make sure to add yourself as a fan!

Also I have added two recent press pieces to the “About Me” section, which feature a bit about the book and the blog.

Over and out!

June 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm 5 comments

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